Award Recipients

Award Recipients

The ASM International Board of Trustees has named award program recipients for 2017. The awards program recognizes achievements of members of the materials science and engineering community. Awards will be presented at ASM's Annual Awards Dinner, Tuesday October 10th in Pittsburgh PA, during Materials Science & Technology 2017 (MS&T '17). Tickets for the Awards Dinner are $90.00 each and can be ordered by using the MS&T registration form. Those interested in purchasing a table may contact Christine Hoover, Administrator, Awards Program, ASM International, Materials Park, Ohio 44073-0002; 440.338.5151 x 5509; fax: 440.338.6614; email:


Honorary Membership

Dr. Jeffrey Wadsworth, FASM, President and Chief Executive Officer, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus

"For leadership of the World's largest independent research and development organization, for support of national technology initiative and materials society initiatives, and for pioneering research on superplasticity of alloys."

Honorary Membership in the Society was established in 1919.  It recognizes distinguished service to the materials science and engineering profession, service in areas of ASM strategic plan/initiatives and to the progress of mankind.


Gold Medal

Prof. John H. Perepezko, FASM, IBM Bascom Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Madison, University of Wisconsin

"For outstanding innovations to the fundamental understanding and application of structural synthesis, kinetics and alloy phase stability during materials processing to obtain useful microstructures, nanostructures and amorphous materials."

The 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..

Medal for the Advancement of Research

Ms. Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer,
SpaceX, Hawthorne, CA

"For the research and development of advanced materials as a core strategy in the achievement of reusable launch systems, allowing the commercialization of space and enabling us to become a multiplanetary species."

The Medal for the Advancement of Research was established in 1943 to honor an executive in an organization, one of whose important activities is the production, fabrication, or use of metals and other materials. The recipient, over a period of years, will have consistently sponsored research or development, and by foresight and actions, will have helped substantially to advance the arts and sciences relating to materials science and engineering.

Engineering Materials Achievement Award (EMAA)

The Timken Company

"For the development of ES302 nanostructured thin film material that significantly increases service life, improves efficiency, and prevents many surface-initiated wear modes when applied to precision mechanical components such as rolling element bearings and gears.

Prof. Gary Doll, Timken Professor of Surface Engineering and Director of the Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratories, University of Akron, Dr. Ryan D. Evans, Program Manager in Operations, The Timken Company, Mr. James R. Gnagy, Member of the R&D Engineering Fundamentals Group, The Timken Company,  Mr. Thomas E. Springer, Program Manager, Large Bore Bearing Pipeline.

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.


Albert Sauveur Achievement Award

Dr. Tsu-Wei Chou, FASM, Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering, University of Delaware

"For seminal theoretical and experimental work on the processing-microstructure-property relationship essential to the engineering of advanced fiber composites, nanocomposites and energy storage devices."

Established in 1934 in honor of a distinguished teacher, metallographer, and metallurgist, 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 science and engineering.

William Hunt Eisenman Award

Dr. George E. Totten, FASM, President, G.E. Totten & Associates, LLC

"For significant contributions in the understanding and characterization of quenchants and the quenching process through diligence, leadership, world-wide collaboration, and the practical application of process chemistry."

The 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.

J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award

Dr. Gunnar Nils Eriksson, Scientist, GTT-Technologies, Germany

"For development of software for calculation of multicomponent, multiphase chemical equilibria and phase diagrams of various types, which promoted the application of computational thermodynamics in materials science and engineering."

The award was established in 2007 to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of Phase Equilibria. The award honors J. Willard Gibbs, one of America's greatest theoretical scientists. In addition to many other contributions, Gibbs laid the thermodynamic foundations of phase equilibria theory with his brilliant essay "On the Equilibrium of Heterogeneous Substances" published in 1876 and 1878 in the Transactions of the Connecticut Academy.

Allan Ray Putnam Service Award

Ms. Janice L. Edwards, Engineering Faculty Member, College of Lake County, IL

"For outstanding commitment, dedication and leadership in mentoring young men and woman at the Foundation's Materials Camps and development of "The City of Materials."

Established in 1988, the award recognizes the exemplary efforts of various outstanding members of ASM International on behalf of the Society to further its objectives and goals. The purpose of this award is to recognize those individuals whose contributions have been especially noteworthy and to whom the Society owes a particularly great debt of appreciation.

Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award

Prof. Mysore A. Dayananda, FASM, Professor of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, IN

"For exceptional dedication in instruction and mentoring, making an indelible impact over 47 years on Materials Science and Engineering students while carrying out pioneering research in multi-component diffusion."

The award was established in 1960 in memory of an outstanding teacher and research engineer, who was a founding member and president of ASM in 1921. It 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.

Silver Medal Award

Prof. Kip O. Findley, G.S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado Schools of Mines, Golden

"For outstanding contributions to developing a physically-based understanding of deformation, fatigue, and fracture in high performance steels."

Mr. Michael Marucci, Global VP, Advanced Technology, GKN Powder Metallurgy, Hoeganaes Corporation, NJ

"For technical achievement in development of new powder metallurgy steel products and management achievements in developing a world class powder metallurgy research organization."


Established in 2010, the honor of Silver Medal of the Society is to provide recognition to members who are in mid-career positions (typically 5 to 15 years of experience), for distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering, and the society. The purpose of this award is to recognize leadership at an early stage and encourage individuals to grow, nurture, and further contribute to the growth of the profession, as well as the society. 

Bronze Medal Award

Dr. Lesley D. Frame, Associate Professor at University of Bridgeport

"For pioneering contributions in the development of welding and joining techniques, creation of new standards, and advancing our understanding of archaeological materials."

Established in 2014, the honor of Bronze Medal of the Society recognizes ASM members who are in early-career positions, typically, 0 to 10 years of experience, for their significant contributions in the field of materials science & engineering through technical content and service to ASM and the materials science profession.

Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers

Prof. Timothy John Rupert, Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine

"For dedication to teaching and mentoring of students in the fields of materials science and metallurgy, as well as organization of innovative outreach activities aimed at high school students."

This award accompanied by $3000, was established in 1952 in memory of an outstanding teacher in metallurgy and dean of engineering who was president of ASM in 1942. The award recognizes young teachers of materials science, materials engineering, and design and processing, by rewarding them for their ability to impart knowledge and enthusiasm to students. The recipient must be 35 years of age or younger by May 15th of the year in which the award is being made.

Henry Marion Howe Medal

Dr. Shasha Zhang, Associate Research Fellow, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, Mr. Haixing Fang, PhD Student, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Mr. Maarten Gramsma, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Mr. Cees Kwakernaak, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of 3mE, The Netherlands, Dr. Willem G. Sloof, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of 3mE, The Netherlands, Dr. F.D. Tichelaar, Researcher, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Dr. Margarita Kuzmina, Research and Development, Schmidt+Clemens GmbH, Germany, Dr. Michael Herbig, Group Leader, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Germany, Prof. Dierk Raabe, Professor, Directory, Max-Planch-Institut für Eisenforschung, Germany, Prof. Dr. Ekkes Brück, Professor, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Prof. Dr. Sybrand vander Zwaag, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Dr. Niels van Dijk, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

For their paper entitled, "Autonomous Filling of Grain-Boundry Cavaties during Creep Loading in Fe-Mo Alloys."

The Henry Marion Howe Award was established in 1923 and is awarded in memory of a distinguished teacher, metallurgist, and consultant, to honor the author (or authors) whose paper has been selected as the best of those published in a specific volume of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions.

Marcus A. Grossmann Young Author Award

Mr. Sung-Hoon Jung, Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea.



Prof. Youn-Bae Kang, Associate Professor, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea

For their paper entitled: "Simultaneous Evaporation of Cu and Sn from Liquid Steel."

The Marcus A. Grossmann Young Author Award was established in 1960 in recognition of Dr. Grossmann's accomplishments and especially in recognition of his abiding interest in and encouragement of younger metallurgists and materials engineers whose paper has been selected as the best of those published in a specific volume of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions. The author must be under 40 years of age on January 1 of the year in which the paper was published.

ASM Historical Landmark Designation

Weld Mold Company, Brighton, MI

"For the development of the flood welding process, which facilitated the repair of steel alloy forging dies, thereby extending their lifetime and productivity."


In 1969, the ASM Historical Landmarks Designation was established to identify permanently the many sites and events that have played a prominent part in the discovery, development, and growth of metals and metalworking. In 1987, the scope of this award broadened to include all engineered materials.

ASM Student Paper Contest

Mr. Gaosong Yi, PhD Candidate and Research Assistant, University of UT

For his paper entitled: "Characterization of Al-Mg Alloy Aged at Low Temperatures"

The ASM International Student Paper Contest was established in 1985, as a mechanism for student participation in Society affairs.  The award recognizes the best technical paper with a graduate or undergraduate student as first author that is published in an ASM sponsored publication during the year. 

Emerging Professional Achievement Award

Dr. Amber N. Black, Applications Engineer, Precision Technologies, Inc. CT

"For technical contributions and devoted service dedicated to the advancement of ASM International."

Established in 2010, recognizes and honors extraordinary ASM volunteers who are less senior individuals, i.e., 0-5 years of experience post-graduation, who have made a significant impact on ASM International through devoted service and dedication to the future of the Society.