Five TMS Members Inducted Into National Academy of Engineering

Newswise — March 26, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA (USA): The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) recognizes five of its members who will be formally inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on October 6, 2019, in Washington, D.C., during a ceremony at the NAE annual meeting.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

The following five TMS members will be inducted as U.S. members in the NAE:

Wei Chen is the Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design and professor of mechanical engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She was elected “for contributions to design under uncertainty in products and systems, and leadership in the engineering design community.” Chen participated in the development of the recent TMS studies, Verification & Validation of Computational Models Associated with the Mechanics of Materials and Advanced Computation and Data in Materials and Manufacturing: Core Knowledge Gaps and Opportunities.  

Charles J. Kuehmann is vice president of materials engineering at SpaceX and Tesla Motors in Palo Alto, California. He was elected “for contributions to the creation and commercialization of computational materials design.” Kuehmann delivered the all-conference plenary presentation at the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Christopher A. Schuh is department head and professor, materials science and engineering, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was elected “for contributions to design science and application of nanocrystalline metals.” Schuh is a TMS Fellow, Class of 2015.

Sheldon Lee Semiatin is senior scientist, materials/processing science and research leader in the Metals Processing Group at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. He was elected “for contributions to thermomechanical processing of aerospace alloys and emerging intermetallic materials.” Semiatin is a TMS Fellow, Class of 2008.

John G. Speer is John Henry Moore Distinguished Professor and director, Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He was elected “for the conception, invention, and reduction to practice of quenching and partitioning steel.” Speer served as the 2018 President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME).

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a professional society that connects minerals, metals, and materials scientists and engineers who work in industry, academia, and government positions around the world. TMS creates networking, publication, and professional development opportunities by convening international conferences, publishing books and journals, administering awards, and developing standards for the professions it serves. TMS currently supports more than 13,000 professional and student members in 94 countries on six continents. For more information on TMS, visit