When 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Oct 13, 2017
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Owens Corning

Julia Faeth and Ben Kowalski
MMS Luncheon

Composite material solutions for light-weighting, corrosion resistance and sustainability are growing in the industrial material market space. The ability to correctly design and analyze a part or system with composite materials in place of traditional materials such as Aluminum or Steel is critical to competing against low-cost, high volume players in various markets such as the Automotive industry. Both static and dynamic finite element analysis are traditionally used to virtually subject a design to the customer-required load conditions before prototyping a physical part. This presentation will give background and examples of how the Advanced Modeling team at Owens Corning is using modeling to show the value and light-weighting capability of composite materials before finished designs are manufactured. Two case studies will be presented on truck pick-up box and panel applications.

An overview of Owens Corning and available career opportunities in Science & Technology will follow the technical presentation. 


Ben Kowalski is a Sr. Engineer R&D at Owens Corning in the Composite Solutions Business. He has been with Owens Corning for 3 years and worked in both product and process development in the Composite Solutions Business. Nearly graduated from the S&T Development Program, he will start a new role in the Composites business in 2018 responsible for product and process development of a new pilot-scale production line for a hybrid composite material solution to penetrate the automotive, agriculture and marine markets for light-weighting. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2013 and 2014 with expertise in Finite Element and Boundary Element Modeling both static and dynamic, general composite material property studies, micro-mechanics material modeling, machine design, testing and implementation as well as value proposition development for composites.  

Julia Faeth is an Advanced Engineer R&D at Owens Corning in the Roofing & Asphalt Business. She has been with Owens Corning for almost 2 years in the Science & Technology Development Program. During her first rotation in the program, Julia worked in the Composites Solutions Business on process development for a new product in automotive, agriculture and marine markets for light-weighting. Her current rotation in the S&T Development Program is in the Asphalt Innovation Team, working on asphalt formulations for improving shingle coating performance. Julia graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton in 2011 and Master’s and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2012 and 2015. Her undergraduate and graduate research focused on biofuel production from microalgae, including algae growth kinetics, algae biochemical composition, chemical reaction kinetics of hydrothermal liquefaction, and chemical characterization of biocrude products from the hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae.