Newswise — February 10, 2015—Warrendale, PA (USA)—The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) announces the 30 recipients of the 2015 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Awards, who will be formally recognized at the 144th TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition set for March 15–19 at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

These awards recognize early-career individuals, under the age of 40, for their potential as future leaders within TMS and the materials and engineering community it serves. Awardees have unique opportunities to become more involved in Society activities and to network with prominent TMS members through an invitation to attend the TMS Board of Directors and Division Council meetings. Additionally, awardees receive complimentary 2015 TMS membership and sponsorship for their attendance at the TMS annual meeting in Orlando in March.

TMS also collaborates with the Japan Institute of Metals (JIM) and the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) on a joint Young Leaders International Scholar Program to establish an exchange program that offers select young members the opportunity to present papers at international sessions. Advancing professional growth of TMS’s young members is part of the mission of the TMS Foundation, which awards all Young Leader Professional Development Awards.

The 2015 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Awardees are:

Extraction & Procession Division

Xiaofei GuanBoston University

John HowarterPurdue University

Guillaume LambotteUniversity of Massachusetts

Li LiCornell University

Takanari OuchiMassachusetts Institute of Technology

Mingming ZhangArcelorMittal Global R&D

Functional Materials Division

Ritesh SachanOak Ridge National Laboratory

Ziqi SunUniversity of Wollongong

Hsin-Jay WuNational Sun Yat-Sen University

Wei XiongNorthwestern University

Jiahua ZhuUniversity of Akron

Jingxi ZhuNational Sun Yat-Sen University-Carnegie Mellon University Joint Institute of Engineering

Light Metals Division

Yashuang GaoUniversity of Auckland Light Metals Research Centre

Ayesha GonsalvesGeneral Electric Global Research Center

Keegan HammondAleris International Inc.

Michael PowellSouthwire Company

Mesut VarliogluHewlett-Packard

Lei ZhangUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks

Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division

Mohsen Asle ZaeemMissouri University of Science and Technology

Megan CordillErich Schmid Institute

Eric HomerBrigham Young University

Virendra SinghSchlumberger

Jason TrelewiczStony Brook University

Caizhi ZhouMissouri University of Science and Technology

Structural Materials Division

Xian-Ming (David) BaiIdaho National Laboratory

Allison BeesePennsylvania State University

Avinash DongareUniversity of Connecticut

Michael PorterClemson University

Ramprashad PrabhakaranPacific Northwest National Laboratory

Timothy RupertUniversity of California Irvine

TMS Young Leaders International Scholar to JIM

Qizhen LiWashington State University

JIM Young Leaders International Scholar to TMS

Nobuo NakadaKyushu University

TMS Young Leaders International Scholar to FEMS

Kyle BrinkmanClemson University

For more information about the TMS Young Professionals Program, visit Information about The TMS Foundation is located at For more information about the TMS Awards and the awardees listed above, visit Awardee photos are available upon request.

ABOUT TMSThe Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a member-driven international professional society dedicated to fostering the exchange of learning and ideas across the entire range of materials science and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production, to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. Included among its 12,000 professional and student members are metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators, and administrators from more than 70 countries on six continents.