Advanced Ceramic Matrix Composites: Science and Technology of Materials, Design, Applications, Performance and Integration

An ECI Conference

November 5-9, 2017
LaFonda on the Plaza
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

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About This Conference

Fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are important class of materials for high temperature applications. Understanding of past and recent achievements and remaining unsolved issues in the area of CMCs is crucial for further research and development and applications.  Since CMCs are complex multi -disciplinary materials, it is critical that a forum such as this conference exists. It has been quite difficult to have an opportunity for deeper discussion and information exchange in the field of these CMCs related topics.

The conference on CMCs will be the first international meeting for information exchange through focused presentations and extensive discussions on this important area that is being implemented at a very rapid pace in aviation and power turbines. The meeting will provide a forum for stimulating information exchange for this cutting edge technology and its scientific achievements. Longer Invited talks from international experts and poster presentations on recent hot topics are planned during the meeting.

The meeting will cover all R&D and application aspects for CMCs: from materials development to applications as turbine components. Non-oxide based and oxide based CMCs are target materials of the meeting. Advanced ceramic fibers, processing, evaluation, performance analysis, quality control, degradation, and environmental barrier coatings (EBCs) are major areas of the meeting. Discussions on the research collaborations are also important subjects. In particular, invited talks from the industry related to the gas turbine applications will be sought to identify current issues and directions for future research. Since environmental barrier coatings are essential for higher temperature applications, one session will be directed towards their research,

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Krishan Luthra, GE Global Research

Plenary Session-Confirmed Speakers:

Dr. Kuniyuki Imanari, IHI, Japan
Dr. Jay Lane, Rolls Royce Corporation
Dr. Krishan Luthra, GE Global Research,  Keynote
Dr. Lesia Protsailo, UTRC/Pratt & Whitney
Dr. David Shifler, Office of Naval Research

Invited Speakers-Confirmed

Dr. Nasrin Al Nasiri, Imperial College London, UK
Prof. Matthew Begley, UC Santa Barbara, USA
Prof. Krishan Chawla, University of Alabama, USA
Dr. Sung R. Choi, NAVAIR, USA
Dr. Michael Cinibulk, ARFL, USA
Dr. Jim DiCarlo, NASA, USA
Dr. Anindya Ghoshal, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA
Ms. Janet Hurst, NASA USA
Prof. Yutaka Kagawa, Tokyo University of Technology, Japan
Dr. Allan Katz, AFRL, USA
Mr. James (Doug) Kiser, NASA GRC, USA
Dr. Satoshi Kitaoka, Japan Fine Ceramics Center, Japan
Dr. Hagen Klemm, Fraunhofer-Institut fur Keramische Technologien und Systeme, IKTS, Germany
Prof. Walter Krenkel, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Dr. Natalie Kruk, Honeywell Aerospace, USA
Dr. Rajesh Kumar, UTRC/Pratt Whitney, USA
Dr. Kang Lee, NASA GRC, USA
Prof. Carlos Levi, University of California-Santa Barbara, USA
Dr. Daniel Mack, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Germany
Dr. Dave Marshall, Colorado, USA
Dr. Peter Mechnich, DLR, Germany
Prof. Gregory N. Morscher, The University of Akron, USA
Prof. Masaki Narisawa, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Prof. Beth Opila, University of Virginia, USA
Dr. Craig Przybyla, ARFL, USA
Prof. Rishi Raj, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Prof. Raj. N. Singh, Oklahoma State University, USA
Dr. Brian Sullivan, Materials Research & Design, Inc., USA
Michio Takeda, NGS Advanced Fibers, Japan
Prof. Haydn Wadley, University of Virginia, USA
Dr. Valerie Wiesner, NASA, USA
Dr. Dongming Zhu, NASA GRC, USA
Prof. Frank Zok, University of California- Santa Barbara, USA

Conference Organization

Chair:  Professor Yutaka Kagawa, Tokyo University of Technology, Japan


Dr. Dongming Zhu, NASA Glenn Research Center
Dr. Ram Darolia, GE Aviation (retired), USA
Prof. Rishi Raj, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Secretary:  Dr. Ken Goto, JAXA, Japan

International Advisory Board
Dr. Jim DiCarlo, NASA (retired), USA
Dr. Kenichiroh Igashira, Senior manager, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Japan
Dr. Tania Bhatia Kashyap, UTRC/Pratt, USA
Dr. Allan Katz, ARFL, USA
Dr. Teruo Kishi, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Walter Krenkel, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Dr. Jay Lane, Rolls Royce, Indiana, USA
Dr. Krishan Luthra, GE, USA
Dr. Gregory N. Morscher, University of Akron, USA
Dr. Dave Shifler, ONR, USA
Dr. Mrityunjay (Jay) Singh, (OAI)/NASA, USA

Abstract Submission

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Please indicate whether the abstract should be considered for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation shots are available.  Thus all submissions for oral presentations will be considered for both oral and poster.

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:                     Closed

Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:                September 25, 2017

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

There will be a poster competition for the Best Student Poster and Best Overall Poster.  More details will be announced.

Major Sponsors

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Levels of Sponsorship

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Conference Venue

Santa Fe, New Mexico:  Santa Fe is a world-renowned travel destination with an17BA Hotel Photo of Dancers unparalleled richness of history, heritage, arts and culture.  Founded around 1608 it is the oldest state capital in the United States, and sits in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains.  Santa Fe boasts a rich mix of culture, art and history as well as an average of 300 days of sunshine and blue sky per year.  The Spanish engrained their culture and heritage upon the landscape and the city has proudly carried on Spanish traditions ever since.

The conference hotel (LaFonda) is the only Santa Fe hotel situated on the historic Santa Fe Plaza.  The Plaza was the central place around which Spanish officials built houses and barracks.  The Palace of the Governors, constructed soon after the Plaza was established, still stands on the Plaza’s north size, and is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.

As a major tourist destination Santa Fe offers a diverse array of activities.  16AI Santa Fe imagesIt is particularly known for its museums and art galleries, variety of restaurants, cultural activities and outdoor activities.  Among the museums are the Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico History Museum, Museum of Indian Women in the Arts, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Palace of the Governors (featuring a long colonnade used by local Pueblo Indians to sell handmade jewelry and wares, and hosts a museum filled with artifacts from Santa Fe’s early history, including weapons and armor from the original conquistadors), and Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

Sante Fe is a city of art and artists, featuring more than 200 art galleries within a two-mile radius and multiple world-class museums such as the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.  A stroll down the world-famous Canyon Road, with its restaurants, galleries and workshops, yields the full spectrum of work, from modern to tribal, paintings to sculptures, and everything in between.

Nowhere is Santa Fe’s Spanish influence more visible than the red-hued adobe walls of San Miguel Mission, built between 1610 and 1626.  The church, which is the oldest in the United States, has all of the hallmarks of the original Spanish settlement: richly adorned vigas, thick adobe walls and deeply religious iconography, including a wooden statue of St. Michael that dates to 1709.  Surrounding the mission is the Barrio De Analeo Historic District, with several homes dating back to the same period.

The city’s tight Colonial layout, centered on The Plaza, is extremely walkable, making attractions accessible to all.

For more information, please visit the official Santa Fe Convention and Visitors web site.

Nearby are additional attractions of interest, including:

  • The Bandelier National Monument provides the opportunity to see cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and other Native American artifacts and structures.
  • The town of Los Alamos is home of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Bradbury Science Museum which is operated by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • NY Times (January 15, 2017)Beyond Santa Fe, A Different World
  • 16AI gallery_gift-shop-la-fonda-plaza_0LaFonda on the PlazaLaFonda on the Plaza holds a coveted place in Santa Fe history, a component in a rich tapestry of hospitality that predates American independence.  City records indicate that La Fonda sits on the site of the town’s first inn, established when the city was founded by Spaniads in 1607, making the property the oldest hotel corner in America. LaFonda’s history can be traced back 400 years.  In 1821, Captain William Becknell and his party found their way to the LaFonda during the maiden commercial route across the plains from Missouri, establishing the Santa Fe Trail as well as La Fonda’s reputation for hospitality.  Throughout the 19th century, La Fonda quickly became the preferred lodging option among trappers, soldiers, gold seekers, gamblers and politicians.

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Vibrant décor and authentic New Mexican architecture intermingle with amenities such as Wi-Fi, concierge services, free water, a complimentary business center and more.  There is car rental on site, a fitness center with steam rooms, an all-season heated outdoor pool 16AI hotel lobby Fonda Santa Fe imagesand hot tub, Keurig coffee makers in the rooms, robes and USB ports. The hotel boasts original artwork and hand-crafted furniture and there are several restaurants on site..

The wholly owned art collection of La Fonda on the Plaza began at the hotel’s inception, and has grown considerably over the years.  Paintings by the best Pueblo artists were acquired in the early years.  Original art work hangs in every guest room.  The book, In Every Room: A Story of the Art, highlights the artists and artwork in the hotel.

Hotel Address:  100 E. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, New Mexico  87501

Hotel Telephone:  800-523-5002; 505-982-5511         FAX:  505-988-2952


Santa Fe is located approximately 60 miles north of Albuquerque.  While there are limited direct flights to Santa Fe, most travelers fly into Albuquerque International Sunport  (ABQ) which is accessible  by most major US carriers. The airport has car rental facilities and a shuttle terminal.

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express carries passengers in and out of Santa Fe between Albuquerque and points south.  There is no direct train from the Sunport.  You must take a shuttle or taxi to the Albuquerque Train Station and catch the train north from there.  Visit the New Mexico Rail Runner website for details.  For more information, you may also call 1-866-795-RAIL.

The Sandia Shuttle Express makes up to 30 trips a day to fit your travel schedule.  They drop off and pick up at all major hotels.  Visit their website for further information or to make reservations.  All reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card.  You may also call them at 1-505-474-5696 or (toll free) at 1-888-775-5696.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights), all meals, drinks, and taxes dinner on Sunday through lunch on Thursday (with the exception of dinner on Tuesday). Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before October 5, 2017 Register after

October 5, 2017

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $2,240.00 US $2,440.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,860.00 US $2,060.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $1,440.00 US $1,440.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (A guest badge will be issued and this fee Includes all conference meals) US $530.00 US $530.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (There is no charge for sharing a room with a participant. No badge will be issued and thus no conference meals and no participation in any conference group activities.)

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Conference Registration

You will need a login name and password to register for ECI conferences through our online system. If you have been a recent participant at an ECI conference or have submitted an online application or request for information about an ECI Conference, you may already have an account with us. If you know your login information, please use it.

If you are not certain if you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we do not have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were located. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Pre-and Post-Conference Reservations

If you are planning to arrive early (before November 5) or to stay after the conference (night of November 9, 10, or 11, you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

All participants are encouraged to register before October 5, 2017.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date and hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. Any additional costs for special meal requests must be paid by the participant to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment is made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

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