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Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community

Dorworth Louis C. "Lou" Dorworth has been working in the advanced composites industry since 1978. He has been associated with Abaris since its inception in 1983 and employed by Abaris Training since 1989. Dorworth’s background includes many years of education and experience in composite materials research and development, manufacturing engineering, material and process engineering, and tool design and fabrication. His aerospace composite background includes work on such programs as the Lear Fan 2100, Beechcraft Starship 1, B-2 bomber, C-17 transport, MD-11, Boeing 777, Airbus A-330/340, as well as many unmanned vehicle projects and programs. In addition, Dorworth has been involved with a number of nonaerospace programs, ranging from wind blades to snowboards to marine vessels to submersibles. He has been a professional member of the Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering since 1982, having published a variety of technical papers over the years. Dorworth also co-authored “Essentials of Advanced Composite Fabrication & Repair.” He is also the current chair of the PCC Community and the Composites Manufacturing Tech Group. SME Member Since 1997 
Mel_Cossette Imelda “Mel” Cossette is the executive director and principal investigator of the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education, which is housed at Edmonds Community College. Cossette has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and has developed technician training programs for industry and educational institutions, including computer-based training. She serves on a number of national grants, community-based and college advisory committees, and has worked in various businesses and industries including holding administrative positions at several community and technical colleges. SME Member Since 2003
Jeffrey Jansen Jeffrey A. Jansen is senior managing engineer and a partner at The Madison Group, an independent plastics engineering and consulting firm. Jansen specializes in failure analysis, material identification and selection, and aging studies for thermoplastic materials. He has been solving polymer-related problems for 23 years. In that time, Jansen has performed more than 1,050 failure investigations, both for industrial clients and as a part of litigation. He served for two years as the ANTEC Technical Program chair for the Failure Analysis and Prevention Special Interest Group. Jansen followed that as chairperson of FAPSIG for an additional two years. He has authored numerous articles and an ASM handbook chapter relating to failure analysis. Jansen is a regular presenter on the SPE webinar series, covering a wide range of topics related to plastics failure, material performance, testing and polymer technology. He’s a graduate of Carroll College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. SME Member Since 2013
Lofland Richard A. "Dick" Lofland, FSME, is president of Richard Lofland & Associates. For more than 40 years, he has worked between Hughes Helicopters Inc., McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. and The Boeing Co. in Mesa, Ariz. Lofland joined the 1994 Class of SME Fellows, is the former co-chair of the PCC Community and is currently a co-chair for the Composites Manufacturing Tech Group. In 1990, he was awarded the J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award. Lofland received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in aeronautical science from Emery Riddle Aeronautical University. SME Member Since 1989
parsons Stephen Parsons, PE, is a Lockheed Martin fellow at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Currently, he’s the manufacturing technology lead for current and future for Advanced Development Programs. Previously, Parsons was site lead for manufacturing technology organization with projects supporting ADP Joint Future Theater Lift business pursuit; F-35 build in Marietta, Georgia.; F-22 assembly; C-130J; P-3; and C-5. He is a manufacturing subject-matter expert for Lockheed’s fiber-placement machine selection team. Parsons earned his bachelor’s degree in applied physics from Appalachian State University in 1980 and his master’s degree in mechanical engineering Georgia Institute of Technology in 1985. He is a LM-21-certified black belt and an LM-certified program manager (level II). SME Member Since 2008