Scott Schiffres Earns Award to support research to find intermetallic alloys that cool more quickly (US)

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Scott Schiffres has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to support research to find intermetallic materials (alloys) that cool more quickly than materials in current use

Mechanical engineer looks for alloys to dissipate heat more quickly than materials in current use

Anyone who has had a computer or cellphone overheat will appreciate the research that Scott Schiffres, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is conducting with support from a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. His project, which will be fully underway in the fall, is titled “Intermetallic Interfacial Thermal Transport for Advanced Electronics Manufacturing,” and his goal is to find new alloys that form intermetallics – metal alloys with defined crystal structures – onto silicon with thermal properties that can dissipate Continue reading

US Air Force Materials Expert Receives The Jaap Schijve Award (US)

Dr. Adam Pilchak has emerged as the United States Air Force’s leading expert in microstructural fatigue and damage tolerance of titanium alloys, which are used worldwide in military and commercial aerospace systems.

The Jaap Schijve Award is an international award presented by The Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR and Delft University of Technology to promote the disciplines of fatigue and damage tolerance for aerospace applications. Dr. Adam Pilchak of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is this year’s recipient of the Jaap Schijve award. The award is based on technical contributions to the advancement of the field of aeronautical fatigue. The award is selected from young researchers all over the world who are early in their career – preferablyContinue reading

Australian Outstanding Metallugist Sir Rupert Myers : Inspiring scientist with a passion for education

A materials scientist, academic and distinguished university administrator, Emeritus Professor Sir Rupert Myers was in 1948 one of the first two people to be awarded a PhD from an Australian university. As UNSW’s second vice-chancellor, he was instrumental in establishing the university’s character and presence in the academic world. After developing processes for producing uranium powder and converting plutonium compounds into metal as a metallurgist in England, Sir Rupert joined UNSW in 1952 as the foundation chair of metallurgy. In 1961 he became pro vice-chancellor and then in 1969 he became vice-chancellor, continuing in that role until 1981. The politicalContinue reading

Outstanding Metallurgist Matthew J. Donachie Dies (US)

Matthew J. Donachie Jr., 85, of Winchester, passed away on Oct. 22, 2018. He was born Oct. 23, 1932, to Matthew and Viola Hubert Donachie in Orange, N.J., and was raised in Holyoke, Mass. Matthew graduated from Holyoke High School in 1950. He was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his Sc.D. DuringContinue reading

Outstanding Metallurgist Richard Sisson Named a Fellow of Two Materials Science and Engineering Professional Societies (US)

Sisson is the principal investigator for a multi-million-dollar, multi-institution project funded by the U.S. Army aimed at developing new metallurgical methods and new lightweight alloys for military vehicles and systems.

His internationally renowned research is honored by the International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering and the American Ceramic Society

August 29, 2018 –  Richard Sisson Jr., George F. Fuller Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Manufacturing and Materials Science and Engineering programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been named a fellow of two materials science professional societies, the International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE), and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Sisson, who directs the Center for Heat Treating Excellence, part of WPI’s Metal Processing Institute, received the IFHTSE fellowship at the 4th International Conference on HTSE in Automotive Applications in Spartanburg, S.C., in June, where he also delivered one of the conference’s three keynote addresses. His presentation was titled “Challenges and Opportunities for the Heat Treating Community: Threats, Risks, and Benefits.”

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International Titanium Association Honors Russell Gordon Sherman With Lifetime Achievement Award (US)

Russell Gordon Sherman (pictured), who developed alloys and heat treating protocols for the titanium industry and pioneered the high-volume production of titanium aerospace fasteners, is the recipient of the International Titanium Association’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. The ITA will formally present Sherman with the award at the TITANIUM USA 2018 Conference and Exhibition, October 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frauke Hogue, FASM (Fellow of American Society for Materials), an ITA educational instructor and an executive and metallographer with Hogue Metallography, Pacific Palisades, CA, in a nomination form for the prestigious award, lauded Sherman’s distinguished career. “The entire titanium industry has benefited from Sherman’s research into developing a higher strength Continue reading

U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Names New Director (US)

AMES, Iowa – Dr. Chris Haase has been named Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI) at Ames Laboratory. His appointment follows an extensive search and will be effective June 25, 2018. Created in 2013, CMI is the nation’s premier research, development and deployment institute for critical materials, alloys, oxides and processing solutions. CMI’s team of multi-disciplinary, world-class researchers and technology developers are dedicated to finding innovative solutions and transformational paths to eliminating theContinue reading

Conférence de Frédéric BERNARD : “La métallurgie des poudres” (FR)

L’Académie François Bourdon organise le 8 novembre, à 18h30 au  Château de la Verrerie, cour du manège, une conférence intitulée “La métallurgie des Poudres : La Métallurgie du 21ème siècle.”  Le conférencier, Frédéric BERNARD, est professeur à l’Institut Carnot de Bourgogne (Université de Bourgogne à Dijon).Frédéric BERNARD, Professeur des Universités de Classe Exceptionnelle au sein de l’UFR Sciences et Techniques, est un spécialiste reconnu dans le domaine des poudres et des matériaux frittés. En particulier, il a activement contribué à l’émergence Continue reading

US Air Force Senior Metallurgist to Receive 2018 ASM International Albert Sauveur Achievement Award (US)

In 1991, Semiatin accepted a position as a research leader in Metals Processing at the Air Force Materials Laboratory, the predecessor to today’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. In this capacity, he and his team explored the mechanical response, microstructure evolution and workability of diverse materials such as titanium alloys, superalloys, intermetallic alloys and steels during thermomechanical and solidification processing.

A senior scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate will receive the prestigious 2018 ASM International Albert Sauver Achievement Award in fall 2018. Dr. Sheldon “Lee” Semiatin, the Air Force Senior Scientist for Materials Processing and Processing Science, will be recognized for significant Continue reading