Newswise — November 28, 2011 – Warrendale, PA – The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) has chosen four individuals for the 2012 Class of Fellows. This is the highest honor bestowed on members and recognizes them as eminent authorities in their discipline.

This latest class will be inducted at the TMS 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibition set for March 11-15 in Orlando, Florida.

The TMS Fellows awardees are honored for their contributions to materials science and engineering and their on impact on society. Awardees are also chosen for outstanding service to TMS.

The following professionals comprise the 2012 Class of TMS Fellows:

•Ian Baker, Sherman Fairchild Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth University, Citation: “For pioneering contributions to the characterization of microstructure and mechanical properties of metals and materials.”

•David Dunand, James and Margie Krebs professor, Northwestern University. Citation: “For seminal advances in the physical and mechanical metallurgy of metallic composites, foams and alloys, and in particular titanium and shape-memory alloys.”

•Sung-Kwon Kang, research staff, IBM Corporation. Citation: “For contributions to the research and development of environmentally-conscious materials in microelectronics; lead (Bp)-free solders, and electrically conducting materials.”

•Pradeep Rohatgi, professor, University of Wisconsin. Citation: “For internationally recognized leadership in research on solidification processing of metal matrix composites, and outstanding contributions to education, technology development, institution building, and materials policy.”

Baker, a member of TMS since 1983, is internationally recognized for his work in structural intermetallics, deformation of ice, and recrystallization—and is rapidly gaining recognition for his recent work on magnetic nanoparticles. He is the author of more than 300 papers, including more than 200 journal articles, and is listed in the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) citation index as a highly cited materials scientist. He also serves on the editorial boards of Intermetallics and International Materials Reviews, and is principal editor of NanoLIFE, associate editor of Materials Science Forum, and editor-in-chief of Materials Characterization.

“I joined TMS in the early eighties because I viewed the meetings as great places to present talks and learn about the latest work in metals and alloys. This is still true, but TMS has broadened to include biomedical applications, which is of great interest to me. Similarly, the JOM (TMS member journal) is an excellent resource for members to keep abreast of science and technology that is outside their own research area. Having been a member for so long, it is a great privilege to be honored by TMS as a Fellow in the Class of 2012,” he said.

Dunand, a TMS member since 1991, has made key contributions to the understanding of a wide variety of structural materials and is a pioneer in the study of aluminum-scandium alloys for high temperature applications. Dunand was named Distinguished Scientist/Engineer by the TMS Structural Materials Division in 2009 and is a Fellow of ASM International. He sits on a number of editorial boards, including International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation; Materials Science & Engineering A; International Materials Review; and Revue de Metallurgie. He is also a member of the board of review for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions.

“I am deeply honored by this pinnacle award from TMS. I have been a TMS member since my first year as a graduate student and never dreamed that, a quarter century later, I would join the ranks of distinguished TMS fellows. I have attended at least one TMS conference each year and have benefited immensely from the scholarship, inventiveness and energy from the TMS community. I hope to be able to give back to this community, in particular to the younger generation for whom the 21st century is full of challenges and opportunities in the materials science and engineering field,” he said.

Kang, a TMS member for four decades, is considered a lead researcher who initiated the fundamental work on lead-free solders for microelectronic packaging applications in early 1990s at IBM. He has published over 120 technical papers in archival journals and holds 43 U.S. patents. He has presented more than 50 invited lectures since 2000, organized more than 30 international symposia, 19 of them for TMS. He has served as guest editor for the Journal of Electronic Materials and was the chair of the TMS Electronic Packaging & Interconnection Materials Committee. He received the TMS Distinguished Service Award from the Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials Division in 2008.

“The TMS Fellow Award is the highest honor recognized by my professional colleagues. My 40 years of TMS membership has greatly facilitated my professional advancement in my career. Through the active, continuing services to TMS, I’ve also obtained respectable fellowships and friendships among young and senior members,” he said.

Rohatgi, a member of TMS for nearly a half century, is internationally recognized for both his work on solidification synthesis of metal matrix composites and his promotion of advanced materials research. He has authored more than 280 refereed journal publications and holds 17 U.S. patents. He has also written and edited books and articles on technology forecasting and technology advancement to examine the interactions between emerging materials technologies and societies.

“I am very honored and humbled for being selected for the TMS Fellow Award, Class of 2012. I thank the TMS and committee members. I have been a member of TMS since 1962 and have presented papers and attended TMS meetings since 1963. TMS has been a great source of new knowledge, education, and inspiration for me along with the opportunity to network with fellow material scientists and engineers,” he said.

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