SAE 2014 Design, Manufacturing and Economics of Composites

June 10-11, 2014

Madrid, Spain

NH Parque Avenidas

2014 Organizing Committee

Miguel Á. Castillo Acero Miguel Á. Castillo Acero
Aernnova Aerospace

Prior to joining Aernnova, 11 year career as aerospace structures engineer in C.A.S.A. (Getafe, Spain), Boeing (Seattle, USA) and Hispano Suiza (Le Havre, France). Following this structures engineer career, Miguel held several Technical and Project Management positions in Aernnova, former Gamesa Aeronáutica, staring May 2000. Among others responsibilities:

  • Engineering Project Manager for Airbus A380 Section 19 metallic skeleton
  • Head of Structural Integrity Department in Aernnova Engineering Madrid
  • Managing Director of Aernnova Engineering Solutions Ibérica from 2006 to June 2011.
  • VP Technology Development Aernnova Group, July 2011- Today

Professional interests include development of new aero-structures concepts, new composite architectures, innovative materials and process for lighter aero- structures, easier and cheaper to maintain and innovation on engineering process frameworks and methods.

George (Nick) Bullen George (Nick) Bullen
Smart Blades, Inc.

Mr. Nick Bullen is the President and CEO of Smart Blades, Inc. Located in Oxnard, California, Smart Blades designs and develops highly efficient wind turbine blades and modular facilities for in-situ wind turbine blade manufacturing. Previously, Mr. Bullen was Principal Engineer, Technical Fellow, and Technical Expert for Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Programs for Northrop Grumman Corporation. His expertise includes inhabited and uninhabited aerial vehicles, space vehicle design and manufacture, laser weapon system design and manufacture, and Lean processes and applications. Mr. Bullen has been awarded 16 US and International patents for technology innovations related to manufacturing, mechanization, robotics, robotics control software and nuclear testing/quality devices that are the basis for all current automated systems used for the assembly of airframes in the US and Europe. Mr. Bullen is a Fellow in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and is certified in Production and Inventory Control Management.

Dan Day Dan Day
Boeing Company

Dan Day started his career as a Manufacturing Engineer in the Boeing Commercial Airplane Division in 1990. He earned his Associate Technical Fellow status in 2005 while developing lean Wing assembly systems. He has worked on both fabrication and assembly projects across numerous airplane programs including 9 years on the graphite composite intensive 787. Dan is currently performing research and development in composite wing assembly and automation technology specializing in dimensional management, right size automation and implementation of single piece flow production systems. Dan has also led composite fabrication projects for the wing ribs and spars requiring the integration of design, test, R&D, fabrication and assembly. These experiences have resulted in broad exposure to the many unique costs associated with the design and build of composite structure.

Carroll Grant Carroll Grant
Aerospace Composites Consulting

Carroll Grant has 38 years of experience in the aerospace / aircraft industry. His aerospace experience includes 28 years in composites and 10 years in metal aircraft structure. In the 1990's, he was heavily involved in the largest composites R&D programs funded by the US government (NASA Langley Research Center Programs and DARPA Programs).

For the past 13 years, he has operated successfully as an independent contractor / consultant in the aerospace composites industry. While working as an independent contractor, his primary activities have been marketing of aircraft parts fabrication services and automated composites processing equipment (ATL and AFP machines). His marketing pursuits have been primarily in North America and Europe. He has extensive knowledge of the Aerospace Industry in both regions.

Jose Sanchez Jose Sanchez
Airbus Operations

Currently, Jose Sanchez is the Head of Composite M&P in Airbus Operations. He joined the company in 1983. His experience is related with all Airbus Operations and Airbus Military Aeronautical Programs dealing with Composites materials and structures and bonding technologies. He is the EADS Composite research coordination team chairman.