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One individual wins longtime composite award, while two composite companies win newly established awards.

DAYTON, Ohio, April 13, 2011 — The Composites Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part of SME’s Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community, recently gave out its annual J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award, as well as two new awards, at SME’s Composites Manufacturing 2011 conference, April 12-14 in Dayton, Ohio. The J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award, established in 1986, is given annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to composites manufacturing or tooling technology through leadership, technical developments, patents or educational activities. It recognizes excellence in the development or improvement of processes, tooling and applications, as well as achievements in composites research, education and technology transfer. The award celebrates innovation in solving issues related to production and applications development, and acknowledges significant contributions that reduce costs and waste streams, and improves quality and efficiency. The 2011 winner is:

John Russell John Russell, ScD
Principal Materials Engineer
Air Force Research Laboratory


John D. Russell, ScD, is the program manager of the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Manufacturing Science and Technology Program. In this role, he is responsible for executing an annual portfolio of nearly $20M to mature, cross-cutting defense manufacturing needs and to stimulate early development of manufacturing processes and enterprise business practices concurrent with S&T development. Russell has a bachelor's in chemical engineering and a master's in materials engineering from the University of Dayton, and a doctor of science degree in chemical engineering from Washington University. He began his career in 1989 researching the processing of advanced composite materials at the Air Force Research Laboratory. From 2000-07, Russell was the U.S. governments program manager for the Composites Affordability Initiative, where he led a consortium of aircraft manufacturers to reduce the cost of composite airframes through the use of large integrated and bonded structures. From 2006-09, Russell was the Air Force's manufacturing lead on the AFRL X-55A Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft program, which built and flew a composite cargo demonstration airplane. The “Jud” Hall award was presented to Russell on April 13 during the Awards Luncheon. Winners were chosen by the Jud Hall Award Committee.

2011 Composites Awards

In addition to the Jud Hall Award, the "Excellence in Composites Manufacturing" awards for small and large companies were given out. These awards were presented to one large company and one small company that demonstrated "excellence in the field of advanced composite manufacturing." Both awards were open and unrestricted to all composite companies that manufacture products from advanced composite materials. The purpose of the Excellence in Composites Manufacturing awards were to identify and showcase a company that has:

  • Excelled in manufacturing products made from advanced composite materials, by either developing an innovative way via tooling and/or manufacturing process techniques that will help manufacture future products made from these materials.
  • Has shown accelerated growth by providing superior service, quality or cost reduction initiatives that have helped advance the composite manufacturing industry overall.

The 2011 award winners were:

Small Company
Royal Engineered Composites 

Large Company
Callaway Golf Co.

Both companies were required to give a brief, five-minute presentation to luncheon attendees about the part, project, program or overall service they were selected for. Winners were chosen by the Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Award Committee.

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