Vita David May

PD Dr.-Ing. habil. David May (née Becker) was born 1987 in Baden-Baden. Following his military service at the German Airforce he has studied Industrial Engineering and Management, specializing in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK).

In January 2012 he graduated with a diploma thesis on the economic efficiency of the thermoplastic tape laying process. Subsequently, he was employed as scientific assistant at the Institute for Composite Materials in the field of manufacturing science. In July 2015 he received his doctorate degree for his dissertation dealing with the impregnation behavior of textile reinforcements. 

In January 2016 he became manager of the competence field "Impregnation & Preform Technologies" and also lecturer for the TUK for “integrated product development with composites”. Additionally, since March 2020 he is the leader of the interdisciplinary junior research group „TopComposite - topology-optimized and ressource-efficient composites for mobility and transport“. 

After successful habilitation, Dr. May received the venia legendi for "Process Engineering for Composite Materials" at the TUK in June 2021.

David May is member of the editorial advisory board of the journal Science and Engineering of Composite Materials (De Gruyter). For the journals Composites Part A, Polymer Composites, Journal of Composite Material, Journal of Porous Media, Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer & Composites Science and Textile Research Journal among others Mr. May operates as evaluator. 

He is married and has two children.

Offices and Memberships

  • Board member of the delegates assembly of the network for the promotion of young scientists of the TU Kaiserslautern
  • Member of the Deutsche Hochschulverband e.V.  (German Association of University Professors and Lecturers)
  • Mebmber of the international Scientific Committee 2016 der European Conference on Composite Material (ECCM)
  • Session developer for the International Conference on Flow Processes in Composite Materials (FPCM-13), Kyoto
  • Main organizer of the international benchmark study for in-plane permeability measurement (2016 - 2018)
  • Co-organizer of the international benchmark study for out-of-plane permeability measurement (2016 - 2018)
  • Member of the International Conference on Flow Processes in Composite Materials (FPCM)
  • Member of the International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM)
  • Member of the European Conference on Composite Material (ECCM)
  • Member of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE)
  • Reviewer for the journals “Polymer Composites”, “Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer and Composites Science”, “Applied Sciences”, „Composites Part A“, „Composites Part B“, “Journal of Composites Materials“, "Journal of Porous Media“, “Textile Research Journal“
  • Member of the Journal Editorial Advisory Board of the journal "Science and Engineering of Composite Materials" (De Gruyter)
  • Member of the Journal Topic Boards of the "Journal of Composites Science“ (MDPI)
  • Guest Editor of the “Journal of Micromechanics and Molecular Physics“ (World Scientific)

PD Dr.-Ing. habil.

David May

Junior Research Group Leader TopComposite
- Topology-Optimized and Resource Efficient Composites for Mobility and Transport
& Manager Impregnation & Preform Technologies

Special expertise: Resin injection and infusion processes, preforming, permeability of fiber structures, manufacturing concepts and economic feasibility studies, integrated product development

Room: D.A.Z.


  • Winner of the innovation price of Rhineland-palatinate 2014 for a system for rapid measurement of textile permeability
  • Winner of the Honda Initiation Grant Europe 2017 for a novel wet fiber placement process
  • Winner of the Young Researchers Competition "NanoMatFutur" of the German Federal Ministry for Research and Education in 2018

Research focus and interests

  • Preforming & Liquid Composite Molding technologies
  • Determination of the permeability of fiber strucutres
  • Integrated product development with composites


The list of publications is available here.


  • Becker, D.; Rieber, G.; Franz, H.: DE102013102486 – Method for the continuious measurement of the hydrodynamic compaction of a reinforcement structure
  • Becker, D., Domm, M.: DE102016123505 – Apparatus and method for the placement of impregnated fibers