Composite Champions

Fall 2011 WATC Composite Class

WSU Students Hope Invention Will Spark Love Of Basketball

More cool composite technology at work! A group of Wichita State University students has invented a way for young basketball players to improve their shooting. The Boost Hoop is a funnel that

Catrina Terry and her amazing Composite Repair instructor Melanie McMillan at 2019 commencement!

Just had to share this super cool co-bond sandwich construction that Daniel Izguerra fabricated. The Wichita flag...WSU Tech's colors using kevlar and uni tape

Today is the last day for Melanie McMillan's Composite Repair Spring 2019 students...Congratulations Composite Champions!!!

Stratolaunch aircraft completes first flight On April 13, the world’s largest composite aircraft flew for 149 minutes in its initial flight test.

Melanie McMillan's Spring 2019 Composites Repair student Chalon Roberts demonstrates a perfect 0.00 continuity reading on an electrical bonding repair he completed. Electrical bonds are critical to safe operation of aircraft during lightning strikes and Chalon’s repair passes the test.

Second cohort of Composite Champions off to a great start @ WSU Tech

MIT and NASA engineers design lightweight polymer airplane wing The wing, comprising a lattice of injection-molded, configurable polymer subassemblies, is designed to change shape during flight.

[04/02/19]   If anyone has the composite book Essentials of Advanced Composites and Repair...Dorworth, Gardiner, and Mellema I have students interested in buying it from you. Please email me at [email protected] if you're interested in selling your book.

Last day of class March 8th 1st cohort Spring 2019. Our winner & best test pull for tensile strength on secondary bonded 4 ply coupons is Jennifer Brashear...congrats Jen!!!

Almost job ready

Spirit AeroSystems chosen for Aerion AS2 Supersonic Business Jet

Great News! Aerion Corp. and Spirit AeroSystems have entered into a collaboration agreement for the preliminary design of the AS2’s forward, pressurized fuselage.

[01/16/19]   I wanted to get the word out that there is a composite
repair job opportunity at a local composite facility. Please email me at [email protected] for more details.
The company would like to fill the position in February.

Park Aerospace Plans $19M Expansion In Newton, Kansas

This is fabulous news for Composite Champions wishing to work for Park in Newton! The expansion will allow the company to double its number of employees in Newton, KS from 73 to 146 in the next five years.

Embraer E190 E2 looks like a shark, has no middle seats

Pretty Cool The Embraer E190 E2 has bigger bins, larger windows and no middle seats -- plus cool, special-edition shark, tiger and eagle liveries.

Composites of Fall....fa la la la la la la la la

NetJets deal with Cessna could be worth almost $10 billion

Fantastic news for Textron! NetJets signs agreement with Textron Aviation on Monday for up to 175 Cessna Citation Longitude and 150 Hemisphere business jets.

Welcome WSU Techs newest Composite Champions

Wichita Eagle

Job security for current Textron Aviation employees & opportunities for Composite Champions

“We’ve had a really good year,” said Rob Scholl, Textron Aviation’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “I think overall we’ve seen market conditions improve."

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Aluminum as strong as Titanium???

These Composite Champions are standing by one of our most impressive pieces of equipment here at NCAT...BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing). This is the biggest BAAM machine in the world right here in Wichita, KS!!!

Sustainable, inline recycling of carbon fiber

Shocker Composites!!! Shocker Composites and R&M International are developing a supply chain for recycled CF with zero knockdown vs. virgin fiber, lower cost and, eventually, lengths delivering structural properties close to continuous fiber.

Introducing the hard working night class of Fall 2018...Great job Rebecca Hall!

It takes a team! Had fun working with AMT students & assisting them with their composite repair projects

New group of composite champions ready to rock & roll!!!

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Ready to deploy in 2020...

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Carbon-carbon with carbon foam core makes up the heat shield for the Parker solar probe... (Coming to a star near you soon!)

WSU Tech has by far the best composite repair class. Thank You Jesse Bishop for instructing a condensed class for the Gulf Air Stream group; it was great having them at our facility this summer.

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Good video included showing CFRP wingbox mfg...

A few recent pics...bagging, bagging, bagging!!!

Textron Scorpion

Many former students from WATC/WSUTech helped build this beauty!

What do NDT students do for their summer??? They take Intro to Composites of course...great group and a fun class!

[06/14/18]   Lee Aerospace is looking for qualified layup technicians and ready to interview. Contact me ASAP if you want details. 316-677-1904

It's been an amazing spring 2018 semester. These are a few of the students that the composite industry is making offers to. Go get em Composite Champions... Best of luck to you all

[05/11/18]   There is much activity between Textron Aviation and the college this week. There are metal bonding positions and composite assembly positions that need to be filled. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please email me at [email protected]

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Pultrusion process yields

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Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

Local composite techs....let your friends and family in the Dallas Texas area know about this ASAP!!!

It's not too late! Spirit is hosting a 2-day hiring event in Dallas on April 20-21. We're looking for experienced composite and assembly mechanics to join our team in Wichita, KS. View event details and apply online at #dallas #jobs #mechanics #aviation

[04/05/18]   Attention Composite technicians; I'm sharing some great news!!! Textron Aviation has a hire day coming up on April 10th and they are in need of more composite technicians!!! Anyone interested needs to apply through Textron's website and let Michelle George ([email protected]) or Lindsey Campbell ([email protected]) know when they have applied. Textron will work the process from there.

They know they're good!!! Spring 2018 night class with their new instructor Rebecca Hall...

The labs are busy with new students that are eager to learn...take a look at some of the interesting fabrication projects this day group is working on.


Tough stuff that carbon fiber sandwich construction!!!

This is the 8 ply honey comb sandwich carbon fiber layup, we used a 3000 gallon super poly tanker fire truck and no It didn't crush it

Best test pull for the fall group goes to Damien Garrison!!!

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Our team is proud to be on Team Valor with Bell Helicopter! Congratulations on the V-280 first flight!

I love it when my students think outside of the box and come up with creative ways to work with composites. Amazing idea for chamfering core Daniel Smith! Everyone is busy here in the labs and ready for any and all challenges I give them.

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