young professional technical notes

JOM, Dec 2014

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young professional technical notes

Chantal Sudbrack Shares Her Expertise in High-Temperature Alloys Chantal Sudbrack Lynne Robinson - The most successful people I admire keep a long-term dream in mind, said Chantal Sudbrack, Materials Research Engineer, High Temperature and Smart Alloys Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center. In the shorter term, they focus on obtaining skills, education, experience and connections that will build toward their dream. Sudbrack has learned this lesson well and is steadily building toward her own dream, most recently as the JOM advisor for this months Long-Term Durability and Stability of High Temperature Alloys technical topic. One of my technical mentors at NASA, Timothy Gabb, volunteered as the High Temperature Alloys (HTA) Committee JOM advisor in the past, and strongly encouraged me to get more involved with TMS. I am glad he did! said Sudbrack. My involvement with the HTA Committee has broadened my network by connecting me to the leaders in superalloy research and exposing me to wider work in hightemperature alloys. Also, receiving a TMS Foundation Young Leader Professional Development Award was a milestone in her development as a TMS member, Sudbrack said. This was invaluable in getting a sense of the organization and meeting its most engaged members, she said. At NASA, Sudbrack focuses on developing and improving nickel-based superalloys and associated coatings for aerospace applications. The JOM topic a key aspect of her turbine disk research long-term microstructural stability and mechanical durability of nickel-based superalloys. She developed this interest while studying fundamental solid state phase transformations in model nickelbased superalloys as part of her Ph.D. thesis work with her advisor, David Seidman, at Northwestern University. A number of female role models have also helped shape Sudbracks growth as a professional and a person. My academic advisor from Reed College, Professor Margret Geselbracht, was very good in getting her students excited about solid encouragement in me was unparalleled become a scientist, Sudbrack recalls. My undergraduate research advisor from Columbia University, Professor Gertrude Neumark, was committed to guiding me through potential career road blocks; I admired greatly the battle she won in licensing her wide-band gap semiconductors patents. And, at NASA, I have enjoyed working with Dr. Rebecca MacKay, who is rigorous and careful in designing experiments and inspired me to push my research further. Contributing to NASA Glenns long history of superalloy development has helped my appreciation of the commercial context and the wide variety of problems that still need to be solved, she said. Looking ahead, Sudbrack is interested in challenges posed by additive manufacturing of advanced superalloys and other nontraditional metals. Where that interest will lead her is still unclear, but in the meantime, Sudbrack continues to forge an impressive body of accomplishment. Her most treasured highlights include having her Ph.D. thesis work published in Nature Materials, winning a NASA grant to support TMS symposium. But her most satisfying achievement, she notes, builds on the legacy of all the mentors and colleagues who have Ive encouraged a number of young people to pursue a career as a research scientist.

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young professional technical notes, JOM, 2014, 2407, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-014-1220-8