Newswise — January 20, 2014 – Warrendale, PA (USA) – The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) announces its 2014 Class of Fellows, five Society members who have earned the highest award bestowed by TMS. The award recognizes TMS members who are qualified for elevation to the Class of Fellow by reason of outstanding contributions to the practice of metallurgy, materials science, and technology.

The award is considered a pinnacle award, and includes a life membership to the Society. To qualify for the honor, inductees must be a full member of TMS for at least five continuous years, and have a good personal reputation and distinction as an eminent authority in some aspect of the practice of metallurgy, materials science, and technology. This includes scholarship such as the publication of articles or books; the granting of patents; direction of important research or engineering work; and responsibility through management for nationally known improvements and developments in the field.

The 2014 Class of Fellows is:

John Allison, University of Michigan – For pioneering achievements and leadership in development of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering methodologies, and contributions to understanding the influence of microstructure on properties of metals.

Kevin Hemker, Johns Hopkins University - For discoveries that govern the mechanical behavior of nanocrystalline, micro-lattice, thermal barrier, and high-temperature materials based on underlying atomic-scale processes.

Enrique Lavernia, University of California - For his outstanding contributions to the development of novel metal processing techniques, and leadership in academic administration.

Michel Rappaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - For sustained innovative contributions to the fundamental science and practical application of solidification research.

Ruslan Valiev, UFA State Aviation Technical University – For pioneering works in the processing, fundamental study, innovation, and application of ultrafine-grained and nanostructured materials produced by severe plastic deformation.

The 2014 Fellows, along with award winners in more than 60 other categories, will be recognized at the 143rd TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, set for February 16-20 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California.

ABOUT TMS The 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.