car Join us on January 27th, as Dr. Alex Walk, Manager, New Products and Technology, SGL Carbon, presents his talk on, “The Chemistry behind Carbon Fiber Composites.” The lecture will take place in WEB L104 from 10:45-11:35am.


This presentation will explore the carbon fiber industry and its exciting applications including the BMW i-Series and other unique automobile applications such as Formula 1 racing. The process to make carbon fiber will be displayed and the challenges to the broader use of carbon fiber discussed. Careers and research opportunities within the carbon fiber industry will be a consistent presentation theme.

Short Biography

Alex Walk is Manager – New Products and Technology for SGL Carbon where he is tasked with the promotion, implementation and development of new material applications based on SGL’s fully integrated product line. Mr. Walk’s area of responsibility is the Americas with primary focus on automotive and industrial applications including light weighting, alternative energy, pressure vessels, and recycling efforts. Mr. Walk has 24 years of carbon fiber experience having enjoyed multiple assignments and successes in product development, large capital project management and leadership of business, operations and engineering activities. Mr. Walk earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines.