Advanced Materials & Processes

NOV-DEC 2013

Covers developments in engineering materials selection, processing, fabrication, testing/characterization, materials engineering trends, and emerging technologies, industrial and consumer applications, as well as business and management trends

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ASMnews HIGHLIGHTS...In Memoriam Members in the News Suárez Honored by Hispanic Engineers The Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corp. (HENAAC), hosted by Great Minds in STEM (the largest Hispanic organization in the STEM arena) presented O. Marcelo Suárez, FASM, (pictured, left) with the Education – Professor Award at their 25th annual conference held in early October 2013 in New Orleans. The award acknowledges Suárez's dedication to his profession and his important influence as a role model for Hispanic materials engineers. Suárez is professor, General Engineering Department at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM) and Director of the NSF/UPRM Nanotechnology Center. CWRU Team to Extract Cheaper, Better Titanium A Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) proposal for a low-cost, energyefficient method to extract the strategic metal titanium from ore has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for contract negotiations. The one-year project will be funded at about $675K. The current process used to refine titanium from ore is extremely energy-intensive, making titanium expensive, thus limiting its widespread use. "Our project, if successful, will lower the cost of titanium by up to 60%," said Rohan Akolkar, associate professor of chemical engineering and the project's principal investigator. The team, which includes Mark DeGuire, associate professor of materials science and engineering, proposes to use electrowinning to directly extract titanium from molten titanium salts. A specialized electrochemical reactor will be designed and built at CWRU to facilitate a stable process to produce the metal. IN MEMORIAM Jere H. Brophy, FASM, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, passed away on August 23. Brophy combined the skills of materials scientist, inventor, and executive during his career. He emphasized the importance of actively participating in ASM and other societies, and encouraged young professionals to follow his lead. After earning a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, he served as assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then joined Inco at its Sterling Forest Laboratory. At Inco, he performed seminal scientific research on superplastic "microduplex" stainless steel and co-invented the laminate coinage used in U.S. dimes and quarters. He became director of the Inco R&D Center. In 1982, Brophy moved to TRW where he served as vice president of various divisions. From 1988 to 1998, as vice president of technology for Brush Wellman Inc. (now Materion Corp.), he led the drive to introduce new products, improve processes, and broaden their high-performance copper alloy product line. From 1994 on, he was a key contributor to the Alumni Advisory Committee of the MSE Department of The University of Michigan, notably honored by the Distinguished Graduate Award in 1995. Wasil William "Bill" Dyrkacz, FASM, 94, of Hernando, Fla., passed away at home while under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. Dyrkacz, who joined ASM as a student, achieved a remarkable 74 consecutive years of membership and became a Fellow in 1976. He earned a metallurgical engineering degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh in 1942. After a few years with General Electric, where he met his wife, Mary, Dyrkacz became chief metallurgist for Cameron Manufacturing Co. in Emporium, 82 Pa. In the early 1950s, he worked as associate director of research at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., where he received the F.B. Lounsberry Award. He led the group that pioneered vac arc remelting of superalloys. Co-inventor of the A-286 alloy used in turbine wheels and tubing in engines of the space shuttle, he was awarded 10 patents for heat resistant alloys. He retired in 1989 after 22 years as an independent consultant in metallurgy and manufacturing technology. He was a contributing editor of the Aerospace Structural Materials Handbook. The William & Mary Dyrkacz Scholarships, established in 2011, are awarded to several outstanding undergraduates each year at MS&T. The Philadelphia chapter, on September 4, lost Robert "Bobby" M. Coyle, of Glenside, Pa., a past Chapter chair (1986-87), past executive secretary (1990-1998), and an overall advisor to the Chapter over the past 20+ years. Bobby earned many Chapter awards for his dedicated service including the Metallurgical Engineering Assistant's award (1984), the Young Member's Award (1987), the Distinguished Service Award (1992), and the Meritorious Service Award (2003). In 1996, Bobby was given the top local award – The Delaware Valley Materials Person of the Year Award. He spent his career in the heat treating business, and approximately 43 years with the Robert Wooler Co. of Dresher, Pa. He started at Wooler at age 19 as a general laborer and rose through various positions to become vice president and plant manager in 1985. Word has been received at ASM Headquarters of the death of Life Member Barry N. Greene, of Rockaway, N.J. (Metro N.Y./N.J. Chapter). ADVANCED MATERIALS & PROCESSES • NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013

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