The Composites research group at UBC has built up a 30 year history in composites manufacturing research in physics-based models of composite materials and the characterization of input materials, end products and defects. The strength of the team has led to long-standing research collaborations with world leading aerospace companies including Boeing and their Canadian supply chain partners, Avcorp Industries.

The team leads nationally through the Composites Research Network (CRN), a knowledge creation, translation and application network, launched in 2012. Due to the success of CRN, the team also lead the Composite Knowledge Network (CKN) which translates world-class composites knowledge from academia to industry to empower Canadian businesses with the knowledge they need to succeed.


  • Composites Research Network launched with a $9.8m investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada

  • Composites Knowledge Network (CKN) Canada's national knowledge translation network funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)

  • Digital Learning Factory initiative supported by Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster to help build an engineer's equivalent of a medical teaching hospital for advanced composites manufacturing. LEARN MORE →