Professor Murray Scott is Chairman of Advanced Composite Structures Australia, the spin-out company of the highly acclaimed CRC for Advanced Composite Structures, which he was CEO of for over 13 years. He has made major contributions to the development of advanced composites and has an outstanding record of achievement in engineering research, education and professional activities. His many company and academic appointments are fitting recognition of his standing in the field, which include being elected firstly as President and then as a World Fellow of the International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM). He has also represented Australia on the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), serving as President for a two-year period, and is now an Honorary Fellow.
What does the conference theme “Advanced Composites: Research to Impact” mean to you?
ICCM is the preeminent global conference spanning the breadth of research, technology development and engineering application of advanced composites. The ICCM22 theme reinforces the vital mission for everyone working in the field to focus not only on research excellence, but also on achieving real outcomes of benefit to society.
Why are you excited about participating in ICCM22?
It is a tremendous honour to be invited to deliver the opening plenary lecture named in honour of Pete Scala, who was instrumental in establishing ICCM in 1975. I am also delighted to see ICCM return to Australia and the southern hemisphere – 22 years after the first occasion in 1997.
Where do you see the composite materials industry in the next 5 to 10 years?
Apart from seeing further spectacular application of advanced composites in aerospace structures and engine components, it is exciting to know that other industries are also on growth trajectories. We will progressively see their increased adoption in a wide range of high performance applications, notably in automotive and other land transportation vehicle structures.