Inaugural Lecture: Professor Simon Bickerton Event as iCalendar

25 May 2017


Venue: Lecture Theatre 401.439, 20 Symonds Street


Fun with the Sticky Stuff: Manufacturing the Future of Composites

Materials shape the world around us, and manufacturing is defined as the process of converting materials into useful, commercially viable products. The manufacture of polymer composites is in essence the process of combining small diameter fibres and particles, within a protective polymer, to produce materials with enhanced properties. This leads to the availability of an ever-widening array of materials, creating new applications in various sectors – from marine to automotive, and aerospace to infrastructure. This lecture addresses the key challenges for polymer composites manufacturing:

  • How do we develop processes that are faster, smarter, and cheaper?
  • How can we ensure our processes provide required quality?

Simon will reflect on a career that has taken him from Auckland to the rest of the world, and endeavours to impart his enthusiasm for the sticky stuff (fluids, rheology, thermodynamics, and solid mechanics). Looking forward, he will challenge the audience to consider and contribute to the future of composites manufacturing in New Zealand.

This lecture will commence at 5:00pm, with drinks to follow. REGISTRATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, 18 May here.



PROFESSOR SIMON BICKERTON is a native of Auckland, completing his BE at the University of Auckland in 1993. He gained his PhD in 1998 from the Centre for Composite Materials, University of Delaware, U.S.A. He then joined the University of Auckland in 1999 as a lecturer, focusing his research on the development, modelling and control of manufacturing processes for polymer composite materials. In 2012, he took up a three year secondment at the BMW Group, Munich, Germany. There, he worked within the department responsible for manufacture of structural carbon fibre parts, with focus on the BMW Project i and the latest release of BMW’s 7-series sedan. He is Director of both the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials and the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials programme, and leads a developing network of researchers in manufacturing and design.