Advanced Materials & Processes

FEB 2015

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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I t is my great pleasure to introduce ASM Inter- national's new president, Professor Sunniva R. Collins, FASM. Sunniva and I have known each other for more than 20 years through our involve- ment in the ASM Cleveland Chapter. I have also enjoyed working with her on ASM's national activ- ities. We developed the nomination for ASM Head- quarters as an ASM Historic Landmark, awarded in 2009, and we both served as ASM Trustees in 2010 and 2011. Sunniva has been a great supporter of the new ASM Women in Materials Engineering Committee and helped us kick off a wonderful in- augural breakfast event at MS&T 2014. Background and career Sunniva was born and raised in Cleveland. Her mother was a journalist and newspaper re- porter, and her father, a Norwegian sea captain, was the superintendent for the Port of Cleveland, just after the opening of the Saint Lawrence Sea- way brought oceangoing vessels to the Great Lakes for the first time. She is the middle of three children and remembers field trips to ASM to see the fantastic Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome, the largest structure of its kind. Always academ- ically inclined, she earned a scholarship to the University of Michigan, where she studied me- chanical engineering and English. After university, she made an extended visit to Norway to visit her father's side of the family. Upon graduation, Sunniva worked as a tech- nical editor for the American Society for Metals, editing articles for ASM Handbooks and develop- ing manuscripts for technical monographs. After a few years, she was ready for a new challenge and began pursuing a graduate degree in materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). At Case, Sunniva studied under Professor Gary Michal, working on steel metallurgy projects for her thesis and dissertation, studying inclu- sions in steel and their effects on fatigue proper- ties. Graduate school was a lot of fun as well, as she learned to brew beer so she could bring it to the department happy hours (a long-stand- ing Friday tradition), and participated in student government and a soccer team in the local co-ed league. Sunniva started attending ASM confer- 2014-2015 President of asM international sunniva r. collins Diana Essock, FASM, Metamark Inc., Moreland Hills, Ohio Sunniva's constant compass has always been her interest in materials technology and what it can do to make the world better. ASM has been integral to her career, from her first job on the publications staf, through graduate school, and throughout her experiences at Swagelok and Case. Her vision for ASM stems from its vital networking function: ASM serves a critical role in the technology-based economy as a connector of people, ideas, and information. As ASM president, Sunniva's priorities are to build on the strategic plan, creating better connections and synergies among key initiatives, as she discusses here. Content is Everything Material ASM is widely recognized as a fair broker of reliable technical information about materials. ASM should position itself as the source and repository for technical information on many emerging trends, including materials for fuel cells, hydrogen storage materials, green processes, and reduction of hazardous substances (RoHS), to name a few. Additionally, we need to protect and preserve our core content through review and revision to keep the information current and timely, and better understand how we generate and capture materials content. Partnerships are synergistic relationships where both parties benefit. For ASM, strategic partnerships can be a source of materials content generated by a related discipline, as well as new members who need materials information, but for whom materials are not the main focus of their job. A smart strategy developed around partnerships could have significant influence on all of ASM's initiatives. vision for asM A D V A N C E D M A T E R I A L S & P R O C E S S E S | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 3 0

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