Case Western Reserve University, USA
John J. Lewandowski is the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II at Case Western Reserve University and Director of the Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center (AMMRC). He established the AMMRC in 1987.
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It currently houses unique equipment valued in excess of $4.5M, and has been used by his research group (and others) in areas ranging from advanced aerospace materials to nuclear and biomedical systems. Research and teaching interests are primarily in the areas of processing/structure/property relationships in ferrous and non-ferrous engineering materials; effects of superposed pressure on deformation/fracture; fatigue and fracture of intermetallics and composites, bulk metallic glass, and layered/laminated materials; deformation processing; blast-resistant materials; advanced engineered materials systems; fracture and fatigue behavior of biomedical materials; failure analysis; additive manufacturing. Publications and presentations exceed 300 and 900, respectively, with an H-index > 50. His top 50 papers have been cited over 6,000 times with recent major reviews on Additive Manufacturing, Fracture and Fatigue of Materials used in Biomedical Applications, and Metal Matrix Composites. His recent Nature Materials (NM) paper on metallic glasses was selected for a News and Views Article in NM; was selected as an Editor's Choice Paper in Science; and was selected by NM editors as one of the twenty most influential papers published in NM from 2002-2012.
His B.S., M.E., and Ph.D. were in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at Carnegie Mellon University as a HERTZ Foundation Fellow. His M.E. research was on hydrogen embrittlement of austenitic stainless steels. Ph.D. research focused on hydrogen embrittlement and fracture of rail steels. He also spent two years as Metallurgical Engineer/Failure Analyst at the Richmond Refinery Materials Laboratory, CHEVRON USA. He subsequently spent two years as a NATO/NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge University, England, working with Prof. John F. Knott, FRS, OBE, on fracture and fatigue of engineering materials. Specific research projects included: stress relief embrittlement and fracture/fatigue of 2 1/4 Cr-1 Mo steels; Pb-induced solid metal embrittlement of aluminum alloy pressure vessels; and impurity effects on fracture of Al-Li alloys.
He joined CWRU as Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in 1986 and is currently the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center, and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He has received a number of national and international awards for research and teaching. In research, he received the Allegheny Int'l Research Fellowship (CMU), HERTZ Foundation Graduate Fellowship (CMU), NATO/NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship and ALCAN Fellowship for Research (Cambridge University), NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, ASM Research Silver Medal, Charles Hatchett Award from the Institute of Metals (U.K.) for work on Nb, and was elected an Overseas Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge University, where he spent a sabbatical year for 2003-04. He received a Meritorious Service Award by the Case Alumni Association (CAA) in 2008, the Case School of Engineering (CSE) Research Award in 2005 and 2009, and the TMS Leadership award in 2014.
In the area of teaching and mentoring, he has advised 71 MS students and 27 Ph.D. students, in addition to 50 post-doctoral, visiting scholars, and staff. He has received the CTSC Technical Educator Award, SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, ASM Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers, and the John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring at CWRU. He has served on a number of panels organized by the NSF, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences as well as the Institute of Mechanics and Materials at UC San Diego. He is on the editorial board of four journals and has co-organized over 30 conferences, including one Gordon Conference on Physical Metallurgy. He was elected Fellow of ASM in 1995 and is past Chair of ASM/TMS Joint Composites Committee.
Texas A&M University, USA
Alan Needleman completed his Ph.D. in Engineering at Harvard University in 1970. He then spent five years in Applied Mathematics at MIT before moving to Brown University where he became Florence Pirce Grant University Professor in 1996. He retired from Brown in June 2009 and moved to the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of North Texas (UNT).
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In January 2015 he left UNT and is now a University Distinguished Professor and a TEES Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. His contributions include the development of a ductile fracture computational methodology, the development of cohesive surface methods for fracture analysis and creation of a framework that enables using discrete dislocation plasticity to solve general boundary value problems. Professor Needleman was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1977, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the Prager Medal by the Society of Engineering Science, the Drucker and Timoshenko Medals by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Professor Needleman also holds honorary doctorates from the Technical University of Denmark and Ecole Normale Superior de Cachan (France), and is an Honorary Professor of Dalian University of Technology (China).
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan / Université Paris-Saclay, France
National Physical Laboratory, UK
Since joining NPL in 1973, Alan has produced over 250 publications on environment induced cracking of metals and of thermoplastics, on localised corrosion, and on modelling of corrosion processes, and has been the principal author of ten international standards.
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Alan's work has also led to the establishment of new areas of science at NPL, including fuel cells, excitonic photovoltaics, and nano-scale electrochemistry and catalysis. He is a recipient of the T P Hoar Prize (twice) from the Institute of Corrosion; the Bengough Prize and Medal from the Institute of Materials; a Technical Achievement Award from NACE International; the Cavallaro Medal from the European Federation of Corrosion; the U R Evans Award from the Institute of Corrosion; the Whitney Award from NACE International; and the Alex Hough-Grassby Award from the Institute of Measurement and Control.
Alan was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011 and Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013. In 2016, he was awarded the OBE for services to science and industry.
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