The burgeoning advanced air mobility (AAM) market promises to introduce a new mode of transport for urban and intercity travelers — particularly those who wish to bypass the traffic congestion endemic to the world’s largest cities.

The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft serving this market, because they depend on battery-powered propulsion, also depend on high-strength, high-performance composite structures produced at volumes heretofore unseen in the aerospace composites industry.

This CW Tech Days will feature subject matter experts exploring the materials, tooling and manufacturing challenges of ramping up composites fabrication operations to efficiently meet the demands of a challenging and promising new marketplace.

You can learn more about the event schedule and sessions here: https://www.compositesworld.com/kc/cw-tech-days-composites-in-aam
  • Introduction
  • "Finding the balance: advanced materials for commercialization considerations" presented by Jim Orbon, head of programs at Overair
  • "Developing composite solutions to meet the eVTOL market needs to today and tomorrow" presented by Sam Hill, AAM marketing and business development at Solvay, and Edoardo Depase, aerospace and defense head of marketing at Solvay
  • Break
  • "Challenges for start-ups in the AAM space" presented by Kevin Cain, chief technical officer of Aria
  • "Composite materials for advanced air mobility and uncrewed aerial vehicles" presented by Dr. Robert Yancey, director of business development at Hexcel
  • Break
  • "Supply chain challenges and considerations for AAM" presented by Stacy Biel, UAM and DoD segment manager at Toray
  • "Achieving scalability and quality with minimum weight" presented by Joe Brennan, composites manufacturing and assembly lead at Joby Aviation
  • Closing
Stacy Biel
Segment Manager - UAM and DoD, Toray
Joe Brennan
Composites Manufacutring and Assembly Lead
Kevin Cain
Chief Technical Officer, Aria
Kevin Cain is the CTO of Aria Group, a company that specializes in innovative solutions for the transportation industry. He has a long history of working on cutting-edge projects that challenge the boundaries of engineering and design. Kevin joined Clive Hawkins in founding Aria Group in 1997 and was able to share his expertise with many of the world’s leading transportation companies in providing them with groundbreaking solutions to the creation of their design prototypes. This involved combining the very latest in manufacturing technologies with sophisticated custom software solutions to oversee and accelerate these projects. While the specifics of Kevin’s work remain undisclosed due to the confidential nature of the programs that Aria undertakes, the impact of his efforts can be seen across many fields from advanced air mobility, autonomous vehicles, next-gen composite manufacturing methods, and even motion pictures.
Edoardo Depase
Aerospace and Defense Head of Marketing, Solvay
Edoardo Depase currently serves as the global head of marketing and new business development for Solvay Composite Materials. Prior to this role, he held several commercial and technical roles such as the head of new business development for industrial markets, head of sales for aerospace and defense, and applications engineering director. Prior to Solvay, Depase worked at Boeing and Ferrari F1. He holds a master's degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Sam Hill
AAM Marketing and Business Development Manager, Solvay
Sam Hill has over 18 years of experience in the high-performance composite market, serving a diverse and global customer base in the large commercial transport, rotorcraft, defense, advanced air mobility and automotive sectors. He has held management roles in Solvay's applications and customer engineering functions, supporting its customers with the adoption, qualification and industrialization of composite materials. Sam has a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Liverpool.
Jim Orbon
Head of Programs, Overair
Dr. Robert Yancey
Director, Business Development; Hexcel
Dr. Robert Yancey has filled numerous roles in his career including research, technology development, sales, management, business development and executive roles. He currently leads business development for Hexcel which includes advanced materials, manufacturing and engineered products. He has a technical background in composite materials, composite mechanics and micromechanics, design optimization, additive manufacturing, finite element modeling, and nondestructive evaluation. He holds a bachelor's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, a master's degree in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in materials engineering from the University of Dayton. He is the technical excellence committee chair for SAMPE and an AIAA associate technical fellow.
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