Mr. Peters is general manager of Process Research, a composite consulting company he founded in 1972, in Mountain View, CA. He has been involved in the advanced composites field since 1968, is a SAMPE Fellow and a Registered Professional Engineer (manufacturing), in the State of California. He has been involved in the design, analysis and manufacturing of rocket motor cases, thick wall, low cost, composite aerospace structures reinforced with carbon/graphite, silica, polyethylene, "E" and "S" glass, along with sporting goods and commercial compounds.
He has also had full-time positions with major aerospace firms such as Westinghouse Electric, Marine Division; United Technologies, Chemical Systems Division and others. At Westinghouse he received three patents for composite to metal joints and joint making techniques (USP 4,701,231, 5,043,217, and 5,167,742). He was technical lead for the Cruise Missile Graphite Epoxy Launch Canister development (contract Number N-0001990C-007. This canister was built with fail safe, wound-in-place joints that he invented for the lower flange and that he patented for the upper. These joints have received nuclear certification; over 600 of these canisters have been made, by several contractors. He was also technical advisor to the fabrication of a square carbon/graphite composite canister which was part of the THAADS theater defensive system under development for MICOM (Subcontract Number L-K30A1830N from LMSC). His efforts resulted in the reduction of composite fabrication costs by over 50%.
He has written or edited two books on composites. His book, co-authored with Don Humphey, Filament Winding, Composite Structure Fabrication has been the primary reference in the field for over 11 years. The second edition was published in 1999. The book he
edited for Chapman and Hall (now Kluwer Academic) Handbook of Composites, was published in 1998.
He has taught composite courses for SAMPE, SME, ASM, Standford University, San Jose State University, Technology Seminars and Advanced Composite Seminars.