The Promise of the Future: Meet the 2015 TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Awardees

JOM, Feb 2015

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The Promise of the Future: Meet the 2015 TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Awardees

JOM 0 For many early-career TMS members, receiving a Young Leaders Professional Development Award, funded by the TMS Financial support to attend the TMS annual meeting is only the beginning of the opportunities opened to them through this have access to a variety of leadership activities, including division council meetings, luncheon lectures, and a These experiences enable awardees to make important contacts with prominent TMS members, while also positioning them as active volunteer leaders in TMS and their professional - FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS DIVISION (FORMERLY EMPMD) the National Institute for Materials Science, Ritesh Sachan Ritesh Sachan is a postdoctoral researcher earned his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, his master’s in material science and engineering from the Korea Institute of materials science and engineering from the current research interests include the study of atomic and electronic structures of ionirradiated complex oxides and carbides to improve radiation resistance of materials in membership has given me the opportunity to grow a substantial professional network and showcase my research work to the TMS community for the past six years, I have realized that TMS meetings are the They provide insight into industry and government research policies and a subjective knowledge of the most recent Ziqi Sun Ziqi Sun, currently conducting postdoctoral research at the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials at the University of Wollongong, Australia, earned both his of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of nanomaterials design and characterization for sustainable energy harvesting, “I am honored to receive a Young Leaders Professional Development Award from the TMS Foundation, and accept the responsibility of becoming a future leader to serve our research community.” — Wei Xiong great platform to network, present research, share industrial applications, and introduce of my professional career, exchanging new ideas, and establishing future collaborations Hsin-Jay Wu Now an assistant professor at National Sun a student member and has been regularly participating in annual meetings since thermoelectric materials systems, with an emphasis on phase stability, microstructural evolution, and thermoelectric property forward to continuing involvement in TMS activities as they provide a platform for experts from all around the world to discuss, Wei Xiong Wei Xiong treasures all the experience he gained as an active TMS member, and is looking forward to continuing his involvement by organizing symposia and “Being a TMS member has given me opportunities to communicate and collaborate with top-level materials many talented materials and metallurgical science professionals on an interdisciplinary to receive a Young Leaders Professional Development Award from the TMS Foundation, and accept the responsibility of becoming a future leader to serve our Technology, Sweden, and currently works as a research associate at Northwestern materials and processing design, with a focus on phase transformations using EXTRACTION & PROCESSING DIVISION advanced characterization experiments and Jiahua Zhu Jiahua Zhu is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular University, Texas, and in China, earned his master’s degree from Nanjing University of Technology and his undergraduate part of being a TMS member is the easy access to research frontiers with experts encouraged by peers, colleagues, and am growing in this society with generous support from the TMS Foundation and I am ready to contribute to supporting TMS’s co-chaired multiple sessions at past TMS new synthetic routes to multifunctional Xiaofei Guan Xiaofei Guan is a postdoctoral fellow associate and graduate student at Boston development of a solid oxide membranebased electrolysis process for the production of technologically important metals, such as aluminum and magnesium, “TMS membership First, JOM helps me keep up to date with the latest developments metallurgy. Second, the annual meeting offers a great platform for me to share my results and also to learn and network with experts in — Xiaofei Guan nanocomposites with advanced applications in environmental remediation, energy harvesting/conversion, and electronic science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently an assistant professor at the Sun Yat-Sen University-Carnegie Mellon University TMS as a student member in 2008 and currently serves on the Magnetic Materials She is also a key reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions by attending technical sessions, presenting my work, and participating in student as a professional member has taken my understanding of TMS to a different level, particularly in how the symposia are organized to best address the research interests of annual meeting attendees from “First, JOM helps me keep up to date annual meeting offers a great platform for me to share my results and also to learn and John Howarter materials engineering at Purdue University, with a joint appointment in environmental interests are centered on the synthesis, processing, and characterization of polymers and nanocomposite materials earned his undergraduate degree from from Purdue University, both in materials National Research Council postdoctoral scholar in the Polymers Division of the National Institute of Standards and Guillaume Lambotte Mingming Zhang “I deeply appreciate the TMS Foundation’s granting me this award and I will try my best to contribute to the growth of TMS. As a young scholar in materials Guillaume Lambotte Upon earning his undergraduate degree from École Européenne d’Ingénieurs en Génie des Matériaux, Guillaume Lambotte worked as an assistant production manager at a Pechiney aluminum extrusion plant a career in research, earning both his associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is working on the development of a thermodynamic approach to metal extraction by electrolysis applied to molten oxide electrolysis for rare earths I joined, and since then, it is where I have met most of the professionals with whom I now collaborate,” Lambotte meeting is where I presented the results conference where I have the opportunity to discuss my research and discover what as well as two master’s degrees, Li has organized symposia for TMS annual meetings, including the Energy Technologies and Carbon Dioxide Management Symposium slated for appreciate the TMS Foundation’s granting me this award and I will try my best to “As a young scholar in materials science, providing a wonderful opportunity to communicate with peer researchers and me a platform to introduce and present Takanari Ouchi Takanari Ouchi studied at Waseda University, Japan, earning his undergraduate and master’s degrees, as While pursuing his thesis, Ouchi worked as a research associate in Waseda’s Department of Applied Chemistry postdoctoral associate at MIT’s Materials Processing Center, and since then Ouchi has worked on a liquid metal battery and new chemistries for liquid metal batteries, building upon his research specialties, which include surface science, Mingming Zhang Mingming Zhang is a senior research improvement in the areas of mineral from the University of Alabama and his master’s degree in mineral processing from the General Research Institute Prior to joining ArcelorMittal, he was a metallurgical engineer at Nucor Steel, where he led the development of a computer model for simulating reviewer for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B and has helped organize a number of symposia, including the Characterization of Minerals, Metals, and Materials symposium held at the TMS LIGHT METALS DIVISION Yashuang Gao Yashuang Gao is a manager in the Light Metals Research Centre at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she been managing all projects, clients, and business in China for the research position in Principal Engineering-Process Control, and leads a team of up to 15 people in developing and implementing “This award will provide me with great opportunities to be a part of a TMS organizing committee and contribute to me since the beginning of my career,” me build new contacts and network with other organizers, leaders, and experts in Ayesha Gonsalves Ayesha Gonsalves is a materials engineer at the GE Global Research Center, and is currently pursuing her Six Sigma primarily on cell design for GE’s Durathon battery, as well as on ceramic process optimization for investment casting programs supporting GE’s power from Carnegie Mellon University and her undergraduate degree from McMaster studies, Gonsalves was named a TMS Light Metals Division scholar for her internship work at the Novelis Global she was awarded the National Science and Engineering Research Council Undergraduate Student Research Award “TMS helps bridge the gap between academic materials research and industrial innovation. That is exactly why being a member is so important to me.” —Michael Powell “This award will provide me with great opportunities to be a part of a TMS organizing committee and contribute to the annual meeting, the beginning of my career. The recognition will also help me build new contacts and network with other organizers, leaders, and experts in the aluminum industry.” — Yashuang Gao Igniting Minds, a GE-sponsored initiative in which GE volunteers teach math and science to seventh-grade students in a fun Keegan Hammond Prior to joining Aleris International as a metallurgical engineer in 2013, Keegan teacher’s assistant at the Colorado School of Mines while completing her master’s Research and a project optimization and design engineering intern for Newmont recovery of value-added products from red mud, precious metal recovery and processing, recycling of aluminum, and Michael Powell Michael Powell is an industrial engineer at Southwire Company, where he also interned while working toward his bachelor’s degree from Southern Polytechnic State University, Georgia, is also Six Sigma lean manufacturing work has been in both aluminum and copper metals for electrical applications, encompassing materials development and helps bridge the gap between academic materials research and industrial Ayesha Gonsalves Keegan Hammond Mohsen Asle Zaeem a member is so important to me,” noted for the newest materials to improve their able to access the latest materials research and developments from all over the Mesut Varlioglu Mesut Varlioglu is a senior materials State University, his master’s degree from Illinois Institute of Technology, and his bachelor’s degree from Istanbul Technical National Laboratory where he led various research and development efforts to create in-situ texture and residual stress characterization techniques for ferroelectric ceramics, using synchrotron and a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Acta Materialia Mohsen Asle Zaeem Mohsen Asle Zaeem is the Roberta and of Materials Science & Engineering at Missouri University of Science & earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Shiraz University, Iran, to joining Missouri S&T, Zaeem was a postdoctoral fellow and an assistant research professor in the Computational Manufacturing and Design group within “The TMS Foundation provides access to a fantastic network of both technical and professional development opportunities, supporting students and young researchers and contributing to their research and career development.” Lei Zhang Currently a member of the TMS Energy Committee, Lei Zhang hopes to continue her involvement with TMS through other technical committees meetings over the years has enabled me to gain knowledge and insight into nanomaterials, light metals, and advanced materials for energy, which are relevant “Exchanging information and ideas among the disciplines within the TMS community has helped me pursue stateof-the-art development of new materials is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks she served as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the and engineering from Michigan the Center for Advanced Vehicular JOM advisor for the interests include developing different computational models for predicting nanoand microstructures of materials during phase transformation in lightweight and Megan Cordill Megan Cordill has been an active TMS member since 2009 and is currently serving as chair of the Nanomechanical earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Washington State University allow me to increase my involvement within TMS and I welcome the opportunity to be part of the further development and TMS Foundation provides access to a fantastic network of both technical and MATERIALS PROCESSING & MANUFACTURING DIVISION — Megan Cordill “As a TMS member, I have opportunities to connect with materials science and engineering, which helps me develop my leadership skills and work with the professional community to provide positive changes. I am proud to be a part of TMS.” — Caizhi Zhou professional development opportunities, supporting students and young researchers and contributing to their research and scientist with the Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science of the Austrian Academy of Sciences located in Leoben, of quantifying adhesion energies of interfaces, nanoindentation techniques, and structure-properties relationships of thin mechanical engineering at Brigham Young and master’s degrees from Brigham Young the faculty at Brigham Young in 2011, in the Computational Materials Science and Engineering Department at Sandia focused on modeling the mechanical behavior of amorphous metals, the coupled microstructural-compositional evolution in polycrystalline materials, and grain boundary migration in of the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship and two Brigham Young University Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Virendra Singh Virendra Singh earned his undergraduate degree from Malaviya National Institute of Technology, India, his master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Science, and engineer at Schlumberger Technology encompass corrosion resistant alloys, coatings, and surface treatments for oil me a platform to present my research and meet researchers from around the globe, starting from my student career,” an additional opportunity to serve TMS, listen to interesting talks, and participate in society meetings to enhance academia and Jason Trelewicz Jason Trelewicz earned his undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University Trelewicz returned to Stony Brook as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Computing Consortium in the Institute Additionally, Trelewicz heads a research group at Stony Brook that focuses on the design, synthesis, stability, and mechanical behavior of unique “mixed-mode” metallic Caizhi Zhou Caizhi Zhou joined the Missouri University of Science and Technology faculty as an assistant professor of materials science worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher and received material deformation and strengthening mechanisms to develop models bridging atomistic, micro/meso, and continuum for researchers from various technical backgrounds, fostering the exchange of ideas and knowledge, as well as promoting “As a TMS member, I have opportunities computational materials science and engineering, which helps me develop my leadership skills and work with the professional community to provide positive STRUCTURAL MATERIALS DIVISION Xian-Ming (David) Bai Avinash Dongare Xian-Ming (David) Bai Xian-Ming (David) Bai is a staff scientist in the Center for Advanced Modeling and Institute of Technology and conducted his postdoctoral research at Los Alamos experience in using atomistic modeling to study radiation damage evolution in metals and oxides, zirconium corrosion, grain boundary migration, and thermal transport symposium organizer at TMS2014 and as a guest editor for JOM TMS member in 2010, I have experienced presenting my research results to my peers, learning about other people’s research, networking with researchers from all over the world, and building collaboration provides excellent opportunities for young Winning this award will encourage me to be even more involved in future TMS Allison Beese Allison Beese returned to the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) as an assistant professor of materials science and engineering in 2013 after previously also worked at Lockheed Martin’s Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory and completed postdoctoral work at Northwestern MIT where she was awarded a Department of Defense National Defense Science determining the relationships between the initial and evolving microstructure of a material and its macroscopic plasticity and fracture behavior, using both experimental examines the processing-propertymechanical property relationships in additive-manufactured metallic components, “I attended a TMS annual meeting for the a community when I joined the Mechanical Behavior of Materials Committee and the Advanced Characterization, Testing, and enjoyed meeting and working with people in TMS, particularly in relationship to coorganizing a new symposium on additive to getting more involved in TMS activities Avinash Dongare Avinash Dongare is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut and serves as the faculty advisor for the university’s Material examine the modeling of mechanical behavior, thermodynamic behavior, phase transformation behavior, and corrosion/ oxidation behavior of structural materials in extreme environments; mechanical, electronic, and optoelectronic properties of nanostructured materials; and surface processes and mechanisms during growth Virginia and was the recipient of a National Research Council Research Associateship The TMS annual meeting has been one of my main sources for networking with peers and colleagues and for building new relationships in the materials community,” where I receive encouragement, motivation, and recognition for my efforts in materials Michael Porter “As a relatively new and active member of TMS and the Structural Materials Division, I am honored to be recognized and opportunities provided by the TMS the advancement of my career as a new assistant professor,” said Michael Porter, who recently joined the faculty at Clemson Porter earned his master’s degree from the degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute excellent platform for me to share my crossdisciplinary research in materials science, biology, and mechanical engineering, primarily through presentations at the annual meeting and in publications like JOM volunteered to co-organize the biological materials science symposium, which I have found to be a great experience that allows me to network with other prominent Ramprashad Prabhakaran Ramprashad Prabhakaran is working as National Laboratory (PNNL) while he National Laboratory and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, while earning two master’s degrees from that institution— one in mechanical engineering and one encompasses evaluating environmentinduced degradations, performing microstructural characterization on U-Mo fuels, structural materials, and friction-stirwelded ODS alloys, designing experiments, performing failure analysis, and understanding material structure-propertythe TMS Nuclear Materials Committee and serves as the JOM advisor for this Timothy Rupert Timothy Rupert is an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Irvine, with a joint appointment in chemical engineering on uncovering new structure-property relationships in nanomaterials for nextgeneration structural, electronic, and energy components, as well as increasing the reliability and lifetime of these laboratory uses a combination of cutting“I have found the resources and opportunities provided by the TMS Foundation to be very —Michael Porter edge experimental, characterization, received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2013 to support his research on grain boundary engineering Fellowship in 2014 to study strategies for tuning the structure and radiation undergraduate and master’s degrees from my professional development by providing excellent conferences and networking a young leader, I hope to return the favor by becoming more involved in TMS and Kaitlin McMahon is the TMS Copy Writer. Lynne Robinson, JOM Contributing Editor, and Deborah Price,TMS Awards and Recognition Specialist, also contributed to this article. Ramprashad Prabhakaran Applications Open for 2016 Young Leaders Awards TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Awardees are dynamic members of the minerals, metals, and materials community, with an interest in becoming more active in TMS technical division and young professional program activities. They possess leadership skills and are willing to participate in various TMS initiatives. In addition, awardees embody qualities that indicate promise for advancing within TMS to take on more responsibilities and higher positions. Any professional TMS member in good standing who is 40 years old or younger is eligible to apply for a Young Leaders Professional Development Award. The deadline for applications for the 2016 awards is August 15, 2015. For additional information and an application, visit the TMS Professional Honors and Awards website at awards.tms.org. TMS International Scholars Make a Difference in the World In 2006, TMS and the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials (JIM) established a joint Young Leaders International Scholar Program to promote an active young member base and strengthen collaboration between the two societies. This TMS International Scholar Program was expanded in 2013 to Kyle Brinkman include a collaboration with the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS), with an award presented every other year. Made possible by the TMS Foundation, the TMS International Scholar Program provides the financial support necessary to enable young TMS members to present papers and develop contacts at JIM and FEMS technical meetings. Additionally, JIM and FEMS each sponsor a young professional from their memberships to present a paper at a TMS annual meeting. “The TMS Foundation provided an early boost to my career through a 2011 Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials (now Functional Materials) Young Leaders Professional Development Award and as the TMS representative to the 2011 Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) conference,” said Kyle Brinkman, 2015 FEMS/TMS Young Leader International Scholar. “These awards provided travel funds, as well as networking opportunities and leadership training, that I credit with my professional advancement. Shortly after receiving the awards, I was promoted and made a program manager of energy-related activities at Savannah River National Laboratory before I made the transition to academia. I look forward to continued active involvement with TMS.” Currently an associate professor and Material Advantage chapter advisor at Clemson University, Brinkman also directs a research group focusing on energy materials, including electronic ceramic materials for gas separation and processing in commercial and nuclear domains, structure/property relations in solid oxide fuel cell systems, radiationtolerant crystalline ceramics for applications in nuclear energy, and multifunctional ceramic thin films. He earned both his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Clemson, and his Ph.D. at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. As the 2015 TMS International Scholar, he will travel to Warsaw, Poland, in September to participate in EUROMAT 2015. Quizhen Li, an associate professor at Washington State University and 2015 JIM/TMS Young Leader International Scholar, has been an active member of TMS since she joined as a graduate student. “TMS provides a lot of social activities, which allow me to be involved in several technical committees, including the Mechanical Behavior of Materials Committee, Powder Metallurgy Committee, Titanium Committee, and Young Professionals Committee,” said Li, who is also the current Young Professionals Committee Chair. “This involvement allows me to interact with other TMS members and is highly beneficial to my career. It is truly a great honor for me to be chosen to represent TMS at the JIM 2015 Annual Spring Meeting through this award.” Li earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and received a Light Metals Division Young Leaders Professional Development Award in 2012. Li is also the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study magnesium-based nanoporous materials. The JIM Young Leader representing JIM at TMS2015 is Nobuo Nakada, assistant professor at Kyushu University. He earned his Ph.D., as well as his undergraduate and master’s degrees, from Kyushu University. In 2009, Nakada won a Young Researcher Award from the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, and another Young Researcher Award in 2013 from JIM. Nakada will present his paper, “Microstructural Characteristics of Austenite Formed from Lath Martensite via Martensitic Reversion,” on Tuesday, March 17 at TMS2015. Any active TMS member 40 years old or younger may apply for a TMS International Scholar Award. For more information and an application, visit the TMS Professional Honors and Awards website at awards.tms.org.


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The Promise of the Future: Meet the 2015 TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Awardees, JOM, 2015, 521-530, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-015-1317-8