ASM Awards Honor Achievements in Materials Science and Engineering

Ashok K. Khare, FASM, president, Ash Khare Consulting LLC, Warren, Pa., has been recognized for "improvements in the large forging and casting technology of steel and superalloys and for general contributions to the technical community through dedication to supporting societies."

Awarded since 1919, Honorary Membership recognizes distinguished service to materials science and engineering, ASM International, and the progress of humanity.

Medal for the Advancement of Research - Dr. Lawrence D. Burns, vice president, General Motors Research & Development and Strategic Planning, General Motors Corp., Warren, Mich., has been recognized for "extraordinary vision, leadership, and perseverance in championing GM's reinvention of the automobile around advanced propulsion, electronics, telematics, and materials technologies."

The ASM Medal for the Advancement of Research was established in 1943 to honor an executive in an organization active in production, fabrication, or use of metals and other materials. The recipient of the award will have consistently sponsored research or development and by foresight and actions shall have helped substantially to advance the arts and sciences relating to materials science and engineering.

Distinguished Life Membership ¡V Established in 1954, this award is conferred on those leaders who have devoted their time, knowledge, and abilities to the advancement of the materials industries. ASM's recipients for 2007 are:

David Barensfeld, president and chief executive officer, ECI Ellwood Group Inc., Ellwood City, Pa., for "visionary leadership in the steel and specialty metals business within the U.S. and global markets."

Robert J. Fulton, president, Hoeganaes Corp., Cinnaminson, N.J., for "outstanding leadership and unwavering support in the continued growth of the powder metallurgy industry."

Gold Medal -- Dr. Sheldon L. "Lee" Semiatin, FASM, senior scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, has been recognized for "outstanding contributions to the development and application of fundamental understanding for the design of thermomechanical and other advanced processes for aerospace materials including both conventional metallic and intermetallic alloys."

The Gold Medal was established in 1943 to recognize outstanding knowledge and great versatility in the application of science to the field of materials science and engineering, as well as exceptional ability in the diagnosis and solution of diversified materials problems.

William Hunt Eisenman Award -- Dr. Suri A. Sastri, FASM, chairman and chief executive officer, Surmet Corp., Burlington, Mass., has been recognized for "outstanding inventive creativity, commitment, and success in creating a vibrant and profitable commercial enterprise which provides unique advanced materials and engineering solutions to customers worldwide."

The Eisenman Award was established in 1960, in memory of a founding member of ASM, and its first and only secretary for 40 years. It recognizes unusual achievements in industry in the practical application of materials science and engineering through production or engineering use.

Albert Sauveur Achievement Award -- Prof. Terence G. Langdon, FASM, William E. Leonhard Professor of Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, has been recognized for "pioneering research in the processing of ultrafine-grained metals by severe plastic deformation and for fundamental investigations into the properties of materials processed by equal-channel angular pressing."

Established in 193, this award recognizes pioneering materials science and engineering achievements that have stimulated organized work along similar lines to such an extent that a marked basic advance has been made in the knowledge of materials.

Allan Ray Putnam Service Award - Dr. McIntyre R. Louthan Jr., FASM, consulting scientist, Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, S.C., has been recognized for "continuing service to ASM International through education, training, and information transfer and by constantly demonstrating that understanding materials is so exciting that others are motivated to work in the materials area."

Established in 1988, the award recognizes the exemplary efforts of members of ASM International on behalf of the society to further its objectives and goals.

Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award - Dr. James C. M. Li, FASM, A. A. Hopeman Professor of Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., has been recognized for "seminal contributions in a number of subdisciplines such as work hardening and deformation, thermodynamics of solids, dislocation theory, and amorphous materials which have been the benchmark for undergraduate and graduate education in materials science and engineering."

The award, established in 1960, recognizes unusually long and devoted service in teaching as well as significant accomplishments in materials science and engineering, and an unusual ability to inspire and impart enthusiasm to students.

Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers - Dr. T. John Balk II, assistant professor of materials science, Dept. of Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, has been recognized for "dedication, service, and mentoring of Materials Science and Engineering students."

Established in 1952, this award recognizes and fosters excellence in the teaching of materials science, materials engineering, design and processing to encourage young teachers in this field.

Engineering Materials Achievement Award - American Superconductor Corp. has been recognized for "leadership in the development of commercial high-temperature superconductor wire for use in solving key challenges related to the electric power grid and also enabling for major advances in military capability."

Established in 1969, this award recognizes an outstanding achievement in materials or materials systems relating to the application of knowledge of materials to an engineering structure or to the design and manufacture of a product.

Graduate Student Paper Contest - Wan Chuck Woo, Ph. D. candidate, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been recognized for his paper,"Influence of the Tool Pin and Shoulder on Texture, Microstructure, and Natural Aging Kinetics in a Friction Stir Processed 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy."

The Student Paper Contest was established in 1985 to recognize the best graduate student technical paper in the field of materials science and engineering.

"On behalf of the members, board and staff of our society, it is a privilege to celebrate the achievements of these individuals and their companies," said ASM President Dr. Dianne Chong, FASM, The Boeing Company.

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