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Contributor Corner: George E. Totten, Ph.D., FASM

May 30, 2019
Source: ASM International

George Totten is an internationally recognized expert on quenching of steel and aluminum, fire resistant hydraulic fluids, and synthesis of organofunctional monomers and polymers. He has made extensive contributions to the global spread of knowledge of heat treatment process development, especially in the field of quenching, to the understanding of process chemistry, and to the better and more widespread use of modelling and simulation.

Dr. Totten received his BS and MS degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and his PhD from New York University. He retired from Union Carbide Corporation after 32 years and is currently a visiting research professor at Portland State University, Portland, OR; a visiting professor in the Department of Engineering, Materials, Aeronautics and Automobile Technology, School of Engineering at São Carlos, University of São Paulo, São Carlos, Brazil; and an associate at Associação Instituto Internacional de Pesquisa, São Carlos, SP, Brazil. He was an Adjunct Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas from 2006-2015. He is president of G.E. Totten & Associates LLC, a research and consulting firm specializing in thermal processing and industrial lubrication problems.

He is a Fellow of ASM, a member of the ASM Puget Sound Chapter, a founding member of the Heat Treating Society, and a member of the Failure Analysis Society. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE), and ASTM, and a member of the Brazilian Association of Metallurgical, Materials and Mining Association (ABM), American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).

Dr. Totten is the author or editor of approximately 700 publications including patents, technical papers, chapters, and books. A longtime contributor to ASM publications, he is co-volume editor of ASM Handbooks, Volume 4A: Steel Heat Treating Fundamentals and Processes, Volume 4B: Steel Heat Treating Technologies, and Volume 4D: Heat Treating of Irons and Steels (with Jon L Dossett); Volume 4C: Induction Heating and Heat Treatment (with Valery Rudnev), and Volume 4E: Heat Treatment of Nonferrous Metals (with D. Scott MacKenzie). Most recently, he served as volume editor of the 2017 revision of ASM Handbook, Volume 18: Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology. He is currently working on a new edition of the classic 1992 ASM book Handbook of Quenchants and Quenching Technology which he co-authored with Charles Bates and Nye Clinton.

He was the co-chair of the 1st International Conference on Quenching and Distortion Control, originally launched by ASM in 1992. Because of the particular success of this conference, it formed the basis of subsequent conferences which were organized by ASM and/or IFHTSE and co-chaired by Dr. Totten. The Dr. George E. Totten, International Symposium on Quenching and Cooling Technology was held in his honor at the Heat Treating 2007 Conference.

Some of Dr. Totten’s notable awards include the STLE International Award (2019), ASM Eisenman Award (2017), ASTM Eagle Award (2018), and ASM/HTS George H. Bodeen Heat Treating Achievement Award (2007).

Click here to see a list of ASM Handbook articles written by Dr. Totten.

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