The High Temperature Polymeric Laminate (HIGH TEMPLE aka High Temple) Workshop was initiated in 1982 by a Tri-Service/NASA steering group composed of the following members: John Rhodehamel, AFWAL/MLSE; Jim Koury, AFRPL/MKAT; Terry St. Clair, NASA/Langley Research Center; Tito Serafini, NASA Lewis Research Center; Richard Thompson, U.S. Army Missile Command; and Charles Blackman, Naval Surface Weapons Center. The 1st High Temple Workshop was administered by Ken Clayton, University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI). Workshop 1 was co-sponsored by the JANNAF Structures and Mechanical Behavior and Propulsion Costs Subcommittees and hosted by the NASA/White Sands Test Facility, New Mexico, on 24-28 May 1982. The purpose of the workshop was to determine the state of development of high temperature polymeric composites and to establish an understanding of future technology needs and service requirements. Emphasis was placed on basic polymer chemistry, materials development, and materials applications. Presentation material was documented in Chemical Propulsion Information Agency (CPIA) Publication 358, dated June 1982.


The success of the initial workshop led to a 2nd Workshop hosted by UDRI and held at the Dayton Mall Holidome, Dayton, Ohio, on 7-9 December 1982. Emphasis was on the processibility and producibility of high temperature polymeric composites from both a lamination and filament-wound approach. Presentation material was documented in AFWAL/MLSE Report AFWAL-TR-83-4026, dated February 1983.

The 3rd Workshop was hosted by UDRI and held at the Dayton Mall Holidome on 26-28 October 1983. Emphasis was focused on the art and science of testing and evaluating polymeric composites that are designed to be used in a temperature range of 600°F to 1,400°F. Extensive discussions covered the topical areas of requirements, material system usage criteria, candidate screening tests, structural element and full -scale verification test methods, physical and mechanical properties test methods, chemical characterization, and material system acceptance criteria. Presentation material was documented in AFWAL/MLSE Report AFWAL-TR-84-4027, dated March 1984.

Workshops 4-current were general topic workshops covering the area of design, development, testing, and application of high temperature reinforced polymeric composites. Presentation materials from workshops 4-24 were published during the workshops for distribution to all attendees. Presentation materials from workshops 25-current were either provided on the NAMIS website or distributed to attendees on a CD.


The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RXSA) helped sponsor High Temple Workshops 1-25. Other Air Force organizations that have contributed workshop funding include AFRL/MKAT, AFRL/RXBC and AFRL/VTSC. In addition to the Air Force, NASA Glenn Research Center, NASA Langley Research Center, NASA White Sands Test Range, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JANNAF Structures and the U.S. Navy all helped sponsor past High Temple Workshops.

A number of companies & individuals have sponsored events such as receptions, social hours and golf outings at past High Temple Workshops. Adherent Technologies Inc., Canyon Composites Inc., CHRISKEV Company Inc., Composites Horizons Inc., Cytec Carbon Fibers LLC, Cytec Engineered Materials Inc., Fiber Innovations Inc., Hexcel Corp., Hillary Huttenhower, JFC Technologies, Maverick Corp., Renegade Materials Corp., Sherwood Advanced Composite Technologies, Sigmatex, UDRI and YLA Inc. have all generously sponsored events at past High Temple Workshops.

In 2009, the High Temple Technical Sponsorship Program was initiated at the request of numerous industry organizations that wanted to support the meeting financially. Since its inception, the following organizations have graciously participated in the High Temple Technical Sponsorship Program: Adherent Technologies, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, AirTech, Air Force Research Laboratory, Arxada LLC, CABB Jayhawk Fine Chemicals, Cambium, CHRISKEV Company, Composites Horizons Inc., DuPont, EVONIK, GE Aerospace, Matrix Composites, Maverick Corporation, Novoset, LLC, Teijin/Renegade Materials Corporation, SAMPE, Solvay, Sparta, Specialty Materials, Syensqo, TenCate, Texas Research Institute-Austin, Textum, ‘TORAY’ Toray Advanced Composites and UDRI.


The current High Temple Workshop Steering Committee members are: Caitlin Duffner, AFRL/RXNSR; Gray Fowler, Textum; Andrew Guenthner, Tideway Arts and Sciences, LLC; Ben Harvey, NAWCWD; Hillary Huttenhower, Pratt and Whitney; Hilmar Koerner, AFRL/RXNP; Andrew Littlefield, US Army DEVCOM; Mickey McCabe, Ohio University; Dan McCray, UDRI; and Kaitlin Rigitano, UDRI.


UDRI has been intimately involved with the High Temple Workshop since its inception. UDRI hosted Workshops 2, 3, and most recently 41, and administered all remaining Workshops to date. Ken Clayton, UDRI, organized and administered Workshops 1-13 until his retirement in 1993. Ron Kuhbander, UDRI, took over for Ken and administered High Temple Workshops 13-18 until his retirement in 1998. Dan McCray, UDRI, administered High Temple Workshops 19-36. Since 2016, Dan has served as a Technical Program Co-Chair. Corey Kondash, UDRI, served as workshop coordinator from 2016-2022. Since 2022, Kaitlin Rigitano, UDRI, has served as workshop coordinator. Cynthia O’Brien, UDRI, and James Trzeciak, UDRI, provide administrative and technical support for the workshop. In 2005, UDRI assumed full responsibility for sponsoring and administering the High Temple Workshops. Since that 26th Workshop, UDRI has sponsored and administered every High Temple Workshop to date and is administering the High Temple Workshop scheduled for this year.