Newswise — April 2, 2015 – Warrendale, PA (USA) – The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) announced the winners of the first TMS Bladesmithing Competition during the TMS 2015 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2015), held March 15–19, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The Bladesmithing Competition challenged college student teams from throughout the world to produce a knife or sword blade by traditional blacksmithing techniques, while also demonstrating their understanding of the science underlying the process.

A total of 19 student teams participated in the competition and were judged by a panel of four industry experts, experienced in steel production and fabrication technology. Scoring criteria was based on the blade (quality and aesthetics), a video depicting the bladesmithing process, a blade characterization report, and a poster for display in the Bladesmithing exhibit. Winning teams received a certificate and will receive a cash prize in recognition of their exceptional efforts. The winners of the 2015 competition are:

First Place:Oregon State UniversityCasey Husk (team leader), Lucas Teeter, Cody Peter Fast, and Hunter Lottsfeldt

Second Place: University of FloridaJustin Dansbury (team leader), Neil MacInnes, Dean Sage, Daniel Machado, Edward Li, Sarah Frith, and Steve Bloom

Third Place: Colorado School of MinesAllison Loecke (team leader), Connor Campbell, Ryan Peck, Hunter Sceats, Kyle Heser, Grant Bishop, Christina Hensley, Dan McNeil, and Gerald Bourne

Honorable Mention: AGH University of Science and TechnologyEstera Machon (team leader), and Remigiusz Bloniarz

Best Example of a Blade from Ore or That Most Closely Demonstrates a Historic Blade’s Reproduction: University of California, BerkeleyPeter Hosemann (team leader), James Austin, Nathan Bailey, David Frazer, Rachel Traylor, Rachel Connick, William Connick, Hi-Vo Tin, and Jeff Bickel

For more information about the Bladesmithing Competition and other activities at the TMS 2015 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, visit Additional photos are available upon request.

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