- Brian Lin has been award the best paper award
TMS announced that MSE graduate student, Brian Lin will be awarded best
paper at the TMS 2015 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in March 2015 in
Orlando, Florida. Brian's paper "Reducing the Dependency on Government
Funding" was awarded for showing original thought and creativity on global
or national issues relating to the field of metallurgy or materials
- Whitacre receives "Resonate" award
Professor Jay Whitacre received one of the 2014 "Resonate" awards from
the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech. The award recognizes his
achievements as founder of Aquion Energy, spun out of Carnegie Mellon
University in late 2009. Since then this organization has raised over
$100 Million, has over 130 employees, and is currently shipping products.
As the primary technical lead and CTO, Whitacre has been deeply involved
with decisions ranging from basic materials selection, to the
implementation of manufacturing equipment, to negotiating product
placement with customers around the world. The potential for impact of
this technology is extremely high, as it represents a legitimate pathway
to being inexpensive enough (under $100/kWh) to enable the displacement of
some traditional baseload fossil fuel sources by solar and wind.
- Laughlin Presented with Bain Award
At the May 15, 2014 meeting of the Pittsburgh Golden Chapter of the ASM
International, Professor David Laughlin was given the Edgar C. Bain Award.
This award is given to "an outstanding member (of ASM International) for
valuable contributions to the metallurgical and materials community."
Robert Dax (CMU alumni) who presented the award, noted that it was first
given in 1973 to Professor Robert F. Mehl of CMU. On being presented with
the award, Laughlin pointed out that Bain not only is known for "Bainite"
and the "Bain Strain" but was also the first American scientist to report
on the existence of superlattice reflections in "x-ray spectrograms" of
atomic ordering alloys.
- Whitacre named one of "World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators"
Professor Jay Whitacre was named 19th on Fortune's World's Top 25
Eco-Innovators list for his work on developing a long-lasting saltwater
battery. See the entire list here.
- Gregory Rohrer receives American Ceramics Society Award
Congratulations to Gregory Rohrer on receiving The American Ceramic Society’s W. David Kingery Award, which recognizes distinguished lifelong achievements involving multidisciplinary and global contributions to ceramic technology, science, education and art. Recognition of this achievement will be given at the ACerS Honors and Awards Banquet at our 116th Annual Meeting on Monday, October 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Jay Whitacre receives Carnegie Science Award
Jay Whitacre was named the recipient of the Carnegie Science Center’s Advanced Materials Award. Whitacre is being honored for developing a novel sodium-ion battery that can be made using low-cost materials and manufacturing techniques. The technology has resulted in a spinoff venture, Aquion Energy, which is anticipated to grow into a 300-person enterprise by 2015. Whitacre also received an honorable mention for the Start-Up Entrepreneur Award.
Chinese Academy of Sciences Elects Subra Suresh as Foreign Member
President Subra Suresh has been elected a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for his scientific contributions in materials science and engineering, including his work connecting nanomechanical cell structure to disease states.
He also was honored for his leadership in building the worldwide scientific and engineering research dialogue through the Global Research Council, which he helped to found while director of the U.S. National Science Foundation. The council will have its annual meeting in May 2014 in Beijing.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences is a prestigious national advisory body for the Chinese government. It has made significant contributions to scientific progress and social development in China, as well as fostered international cooperation among scientific communities.
Suresh is one of nine foreign members elected in 2013. They will be honored at the 17th General Assembly of the CAS in June 2014 in Beijing.
He is the second faculty member from CMU to receive this honor. The late Herbert Simon was named a foreign member of the CAS in 1994.
Suresh is the only current U.S. university president to have been named a foreign member of the CAS and a member of all three U.S. National Academies — the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences.