Renouard Lecture: David Leach on Composite Materials


November 16, 2022
School of Engineering & Applied Science
renouard lecture with david leach
students check out a composite item
Carbon fiber composites have been part of the aerospace industry for decades. David Leach discussed some of the thermoplastic composites produced in the Inland Northwest at a Renouard Lecture on Nov. 16, 2022.

Leach is director of business development for ATC Manufacturing, located in Post Falls, Idaho. He has spent most of his career advancing thermoplastic composites for high-performance applications, such as aircraft.

He also touched on the challenge of introducing new technologies into the market. New products and technologies may offer substantial long-term benefits but must overcome near-term challenges to gain customer acceptance and to implement into production.

Lunch with David Leach

Several students in the Engineering Management program also enjoyed a lunchtime discussion with Leach.

Leach's experience includes materials and process research, applications development, operations, new product introduction and business development. He has authored over 40 technical papers and two book chapters. He is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Materials and the US Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering.

The Renouard Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by a gift from Ed & Bunny Renouard.