Anoush Poursartip is a Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering. He joined UBC after gaining a BA and PhD from Cambridge University. Working closely with two colleagues, he directs the Composites Group at UBC, an interdisciplinary research group from Materials Engineering and Civil Engineering. In this context, process modelling software created by the Composites Group over the last decade has now been transitioned into a spin-off company, Convergent Manufacturing Technologies Inc., which is an acknowledged world leader in process design software and support for the international aerospace industry. Poursartip was recently the President of the International Committee on Composite Materials, where he was also previously General Secretary and member of the Executive Council since 1995. Poursartip is a World Fellow and Life Member of ICCM, and has won two Outstanding Performance Awards and the Bronze Merit Award from The Boeing Company, the Frye-Parry Award from SAMPE, and the DSM award from PASS. In 2009, Poursartip received the Medal of Excellence in Composites from the Center for Composite Materials (CCM) at the University of Delaware, and in 2010 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.