Award Recipients

Award Recipients

The ASM International Board of Trustees has named award program recipients for 2018. 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 16th in Columbus, OH during Materials Science & Technology 2018 (MS&T ’18). 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. Jack G. Simon, FASM, President, Technology Access Incorporated,
Roscommon, MI.

“For direct contribution to innovative automotive manufacturing processes and automobiles hybridization, guiding the nation’s technology policy, providing leadership in research partnerships between industry, universities & government, and being an iconic role model for students, young materials engineers, ASM leaders and his community”.

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.


Distinguished Life Membership

Prof. Michael F. Ashby, Emeritus Professor of Materials, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge, UK; Board Chairman, Granta Design, LTD.

"For a lifetime career of innovation through the creation of new paradigms in materials science education, characterization, applications, and design for industry and sustainability."

Distinguished Life Membership was established in 1954 and is conferred on those leaders who have devoted their time, knowledge, and abilities to the advancement of the materials industries.


Gold Medal

Prof. Steven J. Zinkle, FASM, UTK/ORNL Governors’ Chair Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering Departments, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“For innovative research on microstructure/property relationships in irradiated materials, which have enabled an improved scientific basis of performance limits, and for developing practical design strategies for new high-performance radiation resistant 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.


Engineering Materials Achievement Award (EMAA)

Mr. Christopher Hahin, Engineer of Structural Materials & Bridge Investigations,
Illinois Department of Transportation, Springfield

Prof. Semyon Vaynman, Research Professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

“For the development and commercial production of Cu-Ni-MN High Performance
Weathering Structural Steels.“


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. S. Lee Semiatin, FASM, Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH

“For seminal research and development that has established the discipline of Processing Science and spurred related work in academia, industry, and government laboratories worldwide.”

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

Mr. Louis W. Lherbier, FASM, Carpenter Powder Products, Retired, Carpenter Technologies, Pittsburgh.

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.

“For sustained contributions to the processing of cast/wrought and powder metallurgy advanced alloys for gas turbine engines used in aerospace and powder generation and for technical leadership in the development of more reliable and higher performance products.“


J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award

Prof. John E. Morral, FASM, Emeritus Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus

“For fundamental and applied research on topology of phase diagrams and theory of phase equilibria resulting in major advances in the calculation and interpretation of phase equilibria and diffusion.”

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

Mr. Keith A. Hill, Principal Metallurgist, Retired, Carpenter Technology Corporation, Reading, PA.

“For exceptional service, duty, and tenure in leadership and governance of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of ASM International and furthering the society’s objectives and goals.”

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. Enrique V. Barrera, FASM, Professor, Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Rice University, Houston.

“For fostering a love for science and learning in elementary and secondary students and for providing opportunities for participation by women, minorities, and disabled persons in science, mathematics, and engineering and for actively mentoring women and underrepresented minority undergraduate students.“

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

Dr. Brenda Garcia-Diaz, Manager, Energy Materials, Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC.

“For being a world leader in electrochemical reactions driving the effectiveness and durability of energy materials and processes. For leveraging her expertise across multiple energy applications, including solar, nuclear, and storage systems.”


Dr. Erik M. Mueller, Materials Research Engineer, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC.

“For outstanding use of failure analysis to make transportation safer by reducing
and for his contributions to the Failure  Analysis Society, ASM Education
Foundation, and ASM International”

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. Amber N. Black, Research Scientist, Sigma Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM.

“For outstanding contributions to the development of engineering solutions during laser and electron beam processing of materials.”

Prof. Emmanuel De Moor, Assistant Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering,
Colorado School of Mines, Golden.

“For outstanding contributions in the field of ferrous physical metallurgy and volunteerism
in support of ASM and other organizations at the local, national and international levels.”

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. Josh Kacher, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

“For his passion and joy for teaching, and his sustained record of teaching and research excellence, and for his enthusiasm, adaptability, and commitment to mentoring students in research and exploratory contexts.”

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 15 of the year in which the award is being made.


Henry Marion Howe Medal

Eric A. Lass, Mark R. Stoudt, Maureen E. Williams, Michael B. Katz, Lyle E. Levine, Thien Q. Phan, Thomas Gnäupel-Herold, Daniel S. Ng, for their paper entitled:

“Formation of the Ni3Nb δ-Phase in Stress-Relieved Inconel 625 Produced via Laser Powder-Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing”, Met Trans A. Vol. 48, 2017


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

Haihui Zhang and Wanlin Wang for their paper entitled:

"Mold Simulator Study of Heat Transfer Phenomenon During the Initial Solidification in
Continuous Casting Mold" Met Trans B. Vol. 48, 2017.

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

Materion Elmore, Ohio Plant, has been selected as a 2018 Historical Landmark, the citation reads, “Materion's Elmore plant began producing beryllium and beryllium copper alloys in 1953. These materials have contributed to significant innovations in the Aerospace and Defense, Information Technology, Automotive, and Telecommunications industries.”

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

Eli Vandersluis, for his paper entitled:  “Relationships Between Solidification Parameters in A319 Aluminum Alloy.”


This year’s winning paper was published in the Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (Vol. 27, issue 3, March 2018. 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

“For promoting chapter sustainability through innovative programming and college outreach.”

Jessica A. Clinton, Lead Welding Manufacturing Engineer, Baker Hughes General Electric, Twinsburg, OH, is the 2018 recipient of the Emerging Professional Achievement Award.  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.



MS&T 2018 Lecturers Announced


2018 ASM/TMS Distinguished Lectureship in Materials and Society

Dr. Lynnette D. Madsen, Program Director,
National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
“The Ecosystem of Research, Education, and Community”




2018 Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lecture 

Professor Julie M. Schoenung, FASM
Professor and Chair
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of California, Irvine
“Sustainable Materials Development:  A Case Study Approach”