SAMPE APPOINTS NEW CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Monday, January 11, 2021, DIAMOND BAR, CA – The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) North America, today announced that Raj Manchanda has joined the SAMPE team as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Manchanda will be responsible for establishing and executing the technological vision for SAMPE North America, lead the Society’s technical resource development and oversee the execution of technical programming; which includes conference technical programming, seminars, publications, and online technical content.
“As SAMPE competes amidst the evolving events and content delivery landscape, our investment in Raj and in a progressive technical portfolio affords us the best opportunity to increase member value and expand the Society’s technical relevancy,” said Timothy Shaughnessy, President of SAMPE North America.
“Raj’s hiring marks the culmination of a thorough search process that was facilitated by SAMPE’s Ad Hoc Technical Committee,” said Zane Clark, CEO of SAMPE North America. “The committee, which consisted of industry professionals and longtime SAMPE volunteer leadership, should be commended for their time and expertise in finding a high-caliber leader that will identify the industry’s emerging technologies, while serving new and underserved advanced material industry vertical markets. SAMPE is making a demonstrated commitment to securing our position as the leading technical society for material and process engineering.”
About Raj Manchanda: Raj Manchanda most recently served as a training/brand management and alliances executive at HYTORC, an industrial bolting manufacturer and serves operators in refineries, power plants, wind turbines, steel mills, mining, transportation and construction in more than 140 countries around the world.
Previously Raj served on the staff of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for 20+ years. At ASME he held positions in the engineering, training, conformity assessment, emerging technologies and industry events business units and supported volunteers from the heat transfer, bioengineering, applied mechanics, fluids engineering and materials divisions. Raj was instrumental in launching the Nanotechnology Institute in 2001 with Dr. Arun Majumdar of UC Berkeley - a recognized materials scientist and engineer. Raj collaborated with Dr. Majumdar and the members of the Nanotechnology Institute Advisory Board to expand the scope of the Institute to include fuel cells, microchannels and biomedical device content and programming. Raj's most recent role as Director, Business Development-Manufacturing and Robotics at ASME included responsibility for the development of new content, in-person and digital conferences, expos, publications, training and standards in advanced manufacturing and robotics. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Boston University and an MBA in finance and investments from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business of The City University of New York.