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Recipients: The 1997 LMD Light Metals Award

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society's Light Metals Division Light Metals Award, established in 1983, is awarded to the author(s) of a paper published in the preceding year's volume of Light Metals, which notably exemplifies the solution of a practical problem.
Paper Title: "The Alcan Compact Degasser: A Trough-Based Aluminum Treatment Process Part I: Metallurgical Principles and Performance" in Light Metals 1996, edited by Wayne Hale.

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Peter Waite

Biography: Peter Waite is a senior scientist with Alcan International. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1982 and 1985, respectively. For the last 12 years, his work has focused on fundamental and process research in the field of molten aluminum treatment--degassing, filtration, and fluxing.

Quote on behalf of the Light Metals Award Winners: "My colleagues and I consider the TMS conferences as a valuable forum for exchanging technical information. When the opportunity arises to publish the results of our work, we strive to present this information in a clear and concise manner that may benefit those who work in similar fields of activity. In our research work, we endeavor to maintain a very close link between fundamental science and plant implementation, and it is with great appreciation that our work be recognized in this way by TMS."

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Roger Thiffault

Biography: Roger Thiffault is a casthouse production engineer at Alcan Smelter and Chemicals Limited. He joined Alcan after earning his B.S. in materials science from Ecole Polytechnique.

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