Four MSE faculty/alumni earn 2021 TMS awards

All were officially recognized at the virtual TMS Annual Meeting last week.
Four MSE faculty/alumni earn 2021 TMS awards

2021 TMS award winners: Professor Amit Misra, Professor Katsuyo Thornton, Dr. Raymond Decker (adjunct faculty), and Assistant Professor Liang Qi.

MSE is proud to announce that four members of our community recently received awards from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS): Amit Misra, the Cyril Stanley Smith Award; Katsuyo Thornton, the  Julia and Johannes Weertman Educator Award; Ray Decker, Fellow Award; and Liang Qi, a Young Leaders Professional Development Award. All were officially recognized at the virtual TMS Annual Meeting last week.

 Professor Amit Misra: Cyril Stanley Smith Award
“For seminal contributions to the fundamental understanding of defects, interfaces and nanomechanical behavior in nanolayered and multiphase metallic materials.”

“I feel privileged to have been a TMS member throughout my career in the United States spanning three decades,” Misra said. “The opportunities provided by TMS have been significant in my professional development, particularly in fundamental research in structural materials. I feel honored to be recognized with the Cyril Stanley Smith Award and am grateful to the support from my colleagues, friends and family.”


Professor Katsuyo Thornton: Julia and Johannes Weertman Educator Award
Citation: "For her dedication to incorporating computational materials science into undergraduate curricula by leading the development and implementation of the Integrated Computational Materials Education Workshop."

“It is an incredible honor to receive [this award], named after two wonderful, pioneering materials scientists whose legacy continues to live in the materials science community,” said Thornton. “TMS has been my professional home since I began materials research. It is where I have found a welcoming community that inspires and fosters new, exciting ideas. I am grateful to be part of TMS, where I have benefited from its culture of inclusion.”

Dr. Raymond Decker, MSE alumnus and president of NanoMag LLC: 2021 Fellow Award
Citation: "For pioneering the invention, seminal development, and commercialization of maraging steels, superalloys, thixomolding, and bioresorbable magnesium implants.”

Said Decker: “I have benefited from 70 years of membership in TMS, having joined as a student member in 1950. At that time the relationship of properties to processing and microstructure was primitive compared to today. For example, dislocations were not mentioned in any of my undergraduate lectures or textbooks. Since then, TMS has been my learning machine to gain a working knowledge of dislocations and strengthening mechanisms in alloys - for use in inventing Ni Based Superalloys, Maraging Steels, Thixomolding and bioabsorbable Mg implants. It is extra special to receive this award from a Society that contributed so much to my results.”


Assistant Professor Liang Qi: MPMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award
Qi commented: “It is a great honor for me to gratefully receive the 2021 TMS MPMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award. TMS membership always provides me tremendous opportunities to interact with top materials scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds. During TMS annual meetings, many discussions granted me resources and catalysts for finding research ideas and building new collaborations. As a young faculty member, my professional career is also benefited from various TMS activities, such as serving technical committees, organizing TMS symposia, and being a JOM guest editor. This award inspires me to make more contributions to enhance the TMS engagement and professional development of young researchers and students in the broad materials community.”

Congratulations Amit, Katsuyo, Ray and Liang!!