Inaugural Robert D. Pehlke Lectureship in Materials Processing features speaker Ron Radzilowski

Inaugural Robert D. Pehlke Lectureship in Materials Processing features speaker Ron Radzilowski

The very first Robert D. Pehlke Lectureship in Materials Processing took place September 13 & 14 and featured Ron Radzilowski (right), a principal research engineer with AK Steel and former student of Professor Pehlke's (left).

The first Robert D. Pehlke Lecture on Materials Processing, endowed in 2017 by faculty emeritus Robert Pehlke, was held September 13 and 14 and featured speaker Ronald Radzilowski, a principal research engineer with AK Steel and former student of Professor Pehlke’s.

The inaugural lectureship festivities kicked off with a dinner in Tishman Hall on September 13. A brief presentation followed where Radzilowski gave anecdotal remarks about Pehlke’s boyhood in Ferndale, Michigan and young adulthood as a hockey player and sports car enthusiast. MSE department chair Amit Misra presented Radzilowski with the inaugural lectureship award and Professor Pehlke, who attended the event with his three children and two grandchildren, closed out the evening by giving some personal remarks.

The following morning, Radzilowski presented a talk in G.G. Brown: “Emerging Technologies and Process Innovations in the Steel Industry.”

A professor emeritus of the University of Michigan, Professor Pehlke joined the faculty in 1960 and has served several terms as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He has researched a broad range of metallurgical topics, including high-temperature physical chemistry of metallurgical systems and computer applications in metallurgy. A prolific author, Professor Pehlke has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications, and his newest book, Adventures of a Materials Engineer, is due to be released in the fall of 2017. He has received many awards and honors for his contributions to the field of materials engineering, and he is the recipient of the 2005 Alumni Merit Award. Professor Pehlke is a fellow of ASM International and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, AIME, as well as a distinguished life member of the Iron and Steel Society, AlME.

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