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"Composite Materials: The growing pains of a "young technology" destined for a very bright future"

GTMI Distinguished Lecture, Fall 2020:

Carmelo Lo Faro, Ph.D.
Solvay Composite Materials

Composites are a young and unique class of materials that provide engineering freedom and integration of parts and functions. In the last 30 years, composites have evolved from niche to mainstream thanks to major advances in chemistry, material science and automation. However, the industry is still not extracting the full potential of the technology to maximize performance, increase production rates and reduce total cost of ownership. The future widespread adoption of composites across multiple markets will be driven by innovations in high throughput manufacturing, multi-functionality, environmental sustainability, simulation and modeling.  

Dr. Carmelo Lo Faro is the President of Solvay Composite Materials, a technology and innovation leader that provides advanced composite materials and adhesives to the aerospace, defense, energy and automotive markets. He was appointed to his current role in February 2017. 
Lo Faro joined the business in 1999. Prior to his current position, he served as EVP Industrial Business Line and Strategy for Solvay Composite Materials. In 2015 he was the Chief Technology Officer of Cytec Industries at the time the company was acquired by Solvay. He also served as VP of Technology for Cytec Aerospace Materials from 2010 to 2014 and Product Development Director from 2005 to 2010. Early in his career, Lo Faro had leadership roles in R&D, Engineering, and Operational Improvement and was instrumental in introducing novel advanced materials and processes on multiple aerospace, defense and automotive programs. He holds nine international patents and has authored several technical papers. 
He serves on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industry Association and the Board of Directors of CEM Defense Materials, JEC and Solvay North America. 
Lo Faro holds a Doctorate of Science in Material Science and a Master in Mechanical Engineering from Catania University in Italy and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. 

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