CAMX Kicks Off with Keynote and Awards


CAMX 2014 opened with its general session, featuring a keynote address by Kevin Mickey, president of Scaled Composites LLC. Mickey focused on CAMX's theme of innovation in his remarks, urging composites companies to cultivate an attitude he described as, "If you can dream it, you can build it." Mickey, who has been in the aerospace industry for close to thirty years – 23 of them at Scaled Composites and four at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works – knows a thing or two about leading innovative teams.

Scaled Composites has broad experience with air vehicle design, tooling and manufacturing, composites structure design and analysis, and fabrication. The company has been involved in numerous firsts in aerospace including:

Mickey, who noted that "success is rarely easy," says that successful companies must make room for innovation by:

The general session also included the presentation of two new CAMX Awards recognizing cutting-edge innovations and innovators that are shaping the future of composites and advanced materials in the marketplace. Sponsored by Ashland Inc., the following inaugural CAMX Awards were presented: