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WRED - The Waste Stream of the Future: Innovation in Composite Recycling
Thursday, July 27, 2017, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT
Category: WRED


The waste stream is changing! Did you know 2 million lbs. of carbon fiber composite scrap enters the landfill in Washington state each year? This is expected to double over the next five to eight years, with the expansion of regional manufacturing. There are over 80 carbon fiber manufacturing companies, small and large across Washington, where does their waste go? The good news is, composites can be recycled!
What are composites?
 Composite materials are something made out of two or more materials and are used in almost every industry. From cell phone covers to park benches, from planes, boats, automobiles, skis and wind turbines, carbon fiber based composites are all around us! 


We will be exploring everything composite recycling and its impact on our state including a tour of the state of the art Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) in beautiful Port Angeles, WA. The CRTC is the only facility in the world to divert uncured carbon fiber composite scrap from landfills and transform it into consumer products and it’s right here in Washington! CRTC provides the ability to convert carbon fiber material into value-added products including the onsite production of pickle ball paddles. Our behind the scenes tour will provide a closer look at the CRTC facility including state-of-the-art production equipment, manufacturing center and research labs. Register today!

The Landing Mall 
115 E Railroad Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Second Floor Meeting Room

REGISTRATION: See who's attending HERE!
Members $75
Non-Members $95
Students $35

 Registration is now closed for this event.



Norm Nelson, Sr. Process Engineer, Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) - Norm has been with the CRTC project since its inception. As such, he has met with industry leaders, testified before government committees, and educated industry and government officials about the benefits of composite recycling. Norm co-developed the composite recycling curriculum for Composites Washington, and has been the sole instructor for Composite Recycling at Peninsula College for the past five years.  Norm started his career by disassembling mechanical typewriters, adding machines, and assorted electronics when he was three years old. At about six years old, he figured out how to put them back together again. This love of machines and processes eventually led him to the University of Maine, where he studied Bio-Resource Engineering.  Norm brings over 20 years of product development and materials science experience, with a specialty in composite materials. His broad background encompasses factory efficiency and environmental initiatives, including the development and execution of an industrial recycling program that was responsible for recycling over 1.5 million pounds of plastics and industrial by-products.

Brian Young, Clean Technology Sector Lead, WA Department of Commerce - Brian Young brings diverse strategic and operational experience to his role as Governor Inslee’s Clean Technology Sector Lead. He is the point of contact for clean technology companies who want to navigate Washington State's political and economic landscape. He is focused on developing a prosperous and varied clean tech sector based on the state’s existing strengths.

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Brian worked in a variety of clean tech industries. After serving as an officer in the United States Navy, he joined an early stage biofuel start-up that grew into Imperium Renewables, the largest independent US biodiesel producer. After Imperium, Brian created Element Strategic Partners, a clean tech consultancy that led the development of the Washington Clean Energy Leadership Council and worked internationally on sustainability and carbon issues.  In 2011, he became a business development manager for a Tri-Cities engineering firm working on nuclear remediation efforts at Hanford and elsewhere within the Department of Energy complex. Brian graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs.  In the winter, you can find him on the slopes at Alpental, where he is a member of the Volunteer Ski Patrol.

Karl Englund, Associate Research Professor, Washington State University Composite Materials and Engineering Center - Karl Englund currently works at Washington State University’s Composite Materials and Engineering Center.  He graduated with a BS in 1988 and MS degree in 1991 in Wood science at West Virginia University.  Prior to completing his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Washington State University in 2001, Karl was a technical director for Trus Joist MacMillan (now Weyerhaeuser). He started as a faculty for Washington State University’s Composite Materials and Engineering Center in 2008 and is now an Associate Research Professor.  His research focuses on processing composites and utilizing waste materials as feedstocks for composites and bioenergy.  Much of his work finds him collaborating with government agencies, non-profits, and industry.

Stephanie Sears, Environmental Manager, Toray Composite Materials America, Inc.- Stephanie Sears is the Environmental Manager at Toray Composite Materials America (CMA), Tacoma. She started at CMA in January 2015. Prior to CMA, Stephanie was a Compliance Inspector for the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency. She earned her B.Sc. – Environmental Science in Northern New York at Paul Smiths College while also becoming an International Snowshoe Champion. Stephanie’s experience working for a consulting company and a regulatory agency gives her a unique perspective in the challenging fast-paced private industry. Toray CMA is ISO 14001 Certified and strives to reduce its environmental impact every day while achieving Toray corporate goals.  

Up to 21 days prior: All but $20 administrative fee
7 days to 20 days prior: 50% of fees refunded
Within 7 days: No refunds.



Sponsorship Opportunities are available for this event! If Interested, please contact Anne Piacentino at [email protected] or 206-244-0311

Contact: Amanda Bretz, [email protected], 206-244-0311