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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EMERGING PROFESSIONALS H I G H L I G H T S 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 ASM NEWS 6 0 Mark Atwater, Millersville University B eing a new professor is actually pret- ty strange. In most jobs I can think of, when you're new, you're expected to be somewhere at the beginning of the learn- ing curve. As an assistant professor, I have the duality of being the guy that knows the least and the most all at the same time. Senior faculty members expect me to need some guidance, but students ex- pect me to provide the guidance. Add to this a diverse range of departmental and campus responsibilities and it can be quite a balancing act. The way I've managed this dichotomy is to be honest about it. I ask for guidance from my colleagues and I try to be proactive in seeking their input before I run into prob- lems. After all, if they've made it through the labyrinth of tenure and promotion, there is something for me to gain by their experience. I am deeply grateful for the willingness of my fellow faculty members to share their ideas, challenges, and solutions. I am straightforward with my students as well. Because I am early in my career, everything I do in class is still new, but if I'm going to try something out of the ordinary, I warn them. They are surprisingly resilient and willing to engage in new ways of learning. I believe it is important, however, to empha- size that there may be some rough patches and we'll make adjustments as needed. In that same spirit, I ask for feedback so I can gauge how effective I am. The open dialogue ensures that they know my intentions are good. So maybe it isn't really all that strange being a new profes- sor. Much of life involves being somewhere between an expert and ignorant. The important thing is to keep learning, no mat- ter where you are on this continuum. EMERGING PROFESSIONALS Teaching is a Matter of Learning CHAPTER NEWS Ravindran visits Bengaluru MEMBERS IN THE NEWS Yun Hang Hu Becomes AAAS Fellow Yun Hang Hu, professor at Michigan Technological University, was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Most recently, Hu has received interna- tional recognition for his development of 3D graphene, which could replace the platinum in solar cells without degrading their efficiency. Haiyan Wang Wins O'Donnell Award Haiyan Wang, FASM, professor at Texas A&M University, was named one of four recipients of the 2015 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award. Presented by The Acad- emy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas, the award recognizes researchers who address the essential role that sci- ence and technology play in society. Wang was honored for research into nanostructured materials in the areas of high temperature superconductors, microelectronic and optoelectronic devices, solid oxide fuel cells, nuclear materials, in situ TEM characterizations, and for exceptional potential in in- spired education and future leadership. NAE Names Romig Executive Officer Alton D. Romig, Jr., FASM, a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) since 2003, will join the NAE lead- ership team as executive officer (EO) on March 2. The EO is the chief operat- ing officer of the Academy reporting to the president. Romig served in several positions at the Lockheed Martin Aero- nautics Co., Advanced Development Programs, including vice president and general manager of the Skunk Works. Among other honors, Romig won the ASM Silver Medal for Outstand- ing Materials Research in 1992. As part of his recent trip to India to meet with several ASM Chapters and dedicate the Delhi Iron Pillar as an ASM Historical Landmark, immediate past president Ravi Ravindran enjoyed a visit with the Bengaluru Chapter on November 28, 2014.

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