SFM 2020 Call for Speakers

This year in conjunction with a major international announcement that will be made by our keynote speaker Dr. Rodolfo Neri Vela, Mexico’s first astronaut, the AMAS Education Committee is requesting presentations for the Technical Sessions of the 2020 Surface Finishing Mexico specifically related to the subject matter of Coatings for Space, Spacecraft and Satellite Applications.

We are calling on leaders in the International surface finishing and space industries to join us in Guadalajara on March 25-26, 2020 to share their expertise and knowledge on this subject and to show the current and future generations of the Mexican Surface Finishing Industry what this new industry segment could be for their business in coming years.

Topics of Interest to the AMAS Education Committee for the 2020 Conference Technical Sessions include but are not limited to:

Light Materials

  • Titanium Anodizing for Space Applications.
  • Coloring of Aluminum Alloys for Space Applications.

Optical Coatings

  • New developments in Optical Coatings meeting MIL-C 48497 specifications.
  • Coatings that perform critical Optical Functions.
  • Anti-Reflection coatings for Glass Substrates.

Thermal Coatings

  • Thermal Coatings for Spacecraft and Satellites.
  • Thermal Control Paints and Coatings for Space Applications.

Other Coatings/ Applications

  • Conformal Coatings for Spacecraft.
  • Coatings Resistant to Solar and Charged Particle Radiation.
  • Prelaunch Coating Considerations.
  • Coatings that meet NASA EEE-INST-0002 Guidelines.
  • Atomic Oxygen Erosion Measurement Techniques.
  • Effects of Space Environment on Spacecraft Surfaces.


  • Metal Plating on Satellites and benefits of Light Reflecdtion.
  • Black Nickel Plating on Copper substrates for Space Applications.
  • Gold Plating on Stainless Steel for Space Applications.
  • Electroplating to prevent Atomic Oxygen corrosion in the Space Environment.
  • Nickel plating used in Space-Grade Interconnect Applications.
  • Electroplated Copper in Space Applications.
  • Electroplated Gold in Space Applications.
  • Electroless Nickel Coatings in Space Applications.
  • Composite Electroless Nickel coatings for Satellite Battery Components.


  • Anti-reflective Coatings for Satellite.
  • Vapor-deposited Gold, Silver, and Aluminum for Reflecting Surfaces.
  • Magnesium Flouride and Silicon Oxide Protective Coatings for Mirrors.

Submission Details

To be considered by the AMAS Education Committee as a potential presenter for the 2020 Surface Finishing Mexico Technical Sessions, you must submit your abstract to prior to January 7, 2020. If your submission is selected and approved by the committee, you will be notified by AMAS before the end of that month.

Selected presenters that must submit their final presentations to the AMAS Education Committee no later than February 7, 2020 and should include a speaker biography and photo. These details will be published by AMAS in our conference promotional materials, international press releases, and the formal event directory.

All presentations must be purely educational in the subject matter, 30-45 minutes in length, and final submissions must be formatted in hte official AMAS presentation.

SFM 2020 Courses

The main objective of this course is to build a foundation of basic knowledge of Powder Coating. This 1-day workshop begins by teaching how this paint is formulated and manufactured in order to understand the common types of powders and the best application for each. each step of the powder coating process.

The main objective of this course is to provide a broad range of in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge about all aspects of the electroplating process in order to build a foundation for critical thinking for engineers involved in daily electroplating activities. 

This course will address the science and engineering of anodizing and chemical conversion coating of aluminum.  The 2-day course will be taught by an industry expert who has successfully run finishing operations in this industry segment, and who is currently a lead NADCAP Auditor for chemical processing.