The organizing committee of the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) have announced the Dr Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Award winners for the show taking place from 7-9 September 2016.

Three authors who received the highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of a field of 92 contenders will be honored for excellence in technical writing with a commemorative plaque during the opening ceremonies. 

Sebastian Goris, a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA took first place in this year's competition, Dr Ying Fan, a research engineer in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Western University, Canada took second place, and Christoph Kuhn, who is working as a project engineer in the group research department at Volkswagen AG and pursuing a doctorate degree at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, was third in the competition.

Goris was lead author along with his advisor, Professor Tim Osswald of the Polymer Engineering Center (PEC) at University of Wisconsin-Madison on a paper entitled Progress on the Characterization of the Process-Induced Fiber Microstructure of Long Glass Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastics.

Fan was lead author on a paper entitled Effects of Processing Parameters on the Thermal & Mechanical Properties of LFT-D-ECM Glass Fiber/Polyamide 6 Composites. Her co-authors were YC Liu, T Whitfield, T Kuboki and JT Wood from Western University (WU) as well as V Ugresic from the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research.

Kuhn was lead author along with William Kucinski and Olaf Taeger at Volkswagen Group Research and Professor Tim Osswald at University of Wisconsin-Madison on a paper entitled Lightweight Design with Long Fiber Reinforced Polymers ? Technological Challenges due to the Effect of Fiber Matrix Separation.

The conference's best paper awards honor long-time SPE ACCE committee member, session organizer, two-times technical program co-chair, and long-time automotive-composites industry researcher, Dr Jackie Rehkopf.

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