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QuesTek CEO & ASM Fellow Aziz Asphahani elected to National Academy of Engineering
April 20, 2017
Source: ASM International
QuesTek Innovations LLC, Evanston, Ill., announces that Dr. Aziz Asphahani, Questek President & Chief Executive Officer and a Fellow of ASM International, has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. This is in recognition of his distinguished contributions to engineering: "for executive leadership in STEM education, integrated computer design of materials, and innovation and production of corrosion-resistant alloys." He will be honored at a formal induction into the Academy in October, hosted by the President and Council in Washington, D.C.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions given to an engineer. It offers the opportunity to serve the nation through participation in National Research Council workshops and report generation on engineering issues of importance (e.g., national security, energy distribution, and education of the engineers of the future).
Dr. Asphahani received his Engineering Diploma in Physics from Ecole Centrale de Paris, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from MIT. He began his career at Haynes International, where he held positions of increasing responsibility as Corrosion Engineer, Director of Research & Development, Haynes Vice President, and CABVAL President. Afterwards, he served as President & CEO of CARUS Chemical Co. prior to retiring.
His work led to the granting of eight patents, one notable example being the patent for a corrosion resistant, high performance nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloy, Hastelloy C-22 (US Patent #4,533,414). Alloy C-22 alloy was extensively evaluated as the outer canister material to contain the nuclear waste for storage in the Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Furthermore, Hastelloy C-22 alloy was used in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in the 1980's as flat-beams to support the seven spokes of Lady Liberty, ensuring durability and resistance to corrosion.
Dr. Asphahani is the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards, including the ASM Medal for the Advancement of Research, the French SF2M Gold Medal, the NACE Education Foundation Founders Award, the ASM Education Foundation Roberts Award, and election as a Fellow in ASM, NACE, and NCER/University of Akron.
His active participation in the ASM Materials Camp initiative, engaged in getting students interested in science and engineering careers, has impacted over 11,000 students and 9,000 school science teachers.
Dr. Asphahani came out of retirement in 2013 to join QuesTek, where he has ensured sustained profitable growth through leveraging core competencies in novel Materials by Design methodologies and Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) technologies. Under his leadership, QuesTek more than doubled its business and expanded into the European market through the establishment of QuesTek Europe AB (a joint company with ThermoCalc Software AB, based in Stockholm, Sweden).
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