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Acta Materialia and Hume-Rothery Awards Subcommittee

Purpose Statement
To recommend to The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society's (TMS's) Honors & Awards Committee:

  1. the TMS nominee for the Acta Materialia Gold Medal
  2. a nominee for the William Hume-Rothery Award, according to the rules established for these awards.
The selection process may be done by mail ballot. The results of committee deliberations shall be held in confidence and the names of the nominees and justification for their selection shall be presented by the chairman of this subcommittee to the TMS Honors & Awards Committee at the Annual Meeting.

The subcommittee shall consist of a chair and five members. Two members will be recommended by the Alloy Phases Committee for appointment by the TMS Vice President, who will make all appointments to this committee. Except in special circumstances, the chair shall have already served on the subcommittee for two years. No more than two members of this subcommittee shall be former recipients of each award. Each member shall be personally engaged in metallurgical research and have an established reputation as a contributor to his/her fields of interest. The constitution of this subcommittee shall appropriately reflect that of TMS so that the interests of academia, industry, government and varying degrees of professional experience shall be reflected.

Financial Statement
Financial arrangements and the operation budget of the committee shall be subject to approval by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. In the event of either dissolution or merger of TMS, the funds earmarked or pledged for the William Hume-Rothery Award shall revert to a special account of TMS to be held until such time that suitable arrangements for the presentation of a similar award can be negotiated.

Term of Office
Chairperson: 1 year
Members: 3 years

Meeting Schedule
The subcommittee shall meet at such times as necessary to conduct its business in a timely and efficient manner.

  1. A candidate for the TMS nomination for the Acta Materialia Gold Medal shall be chosen annually for his or her demonstrated ability and leadership in materials research. Publication of work in Acta Materialia or Scripta Materialia is not required, nor need the nominee be a resident or citizen of the nominating Society's country.
  2. TMS may propose one candidate each year. A nomination will remain in effect for four years unless withdrawn by the Society, but additional nominations may be made annually.
  3. The committee shall draft a nominating letter and a resume for TMS to submit to the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. The nomination letter and resume shall provide adequate documentation to support the candidate. No prescribed form is required for this documentation, but it is suggested that it include:

    1. A brief personal history or biographical sketch
    2. Reasons supporting the nomination, e.g. major consequences and impact of nominee's work
    3. List of publications

    Background Information
    1. Three judges shall be selected by the Board of Governors of Acta Metallurgica, Inc. and shall themselves be distinguished practitioners in materials research. Their term of office will normally be three years, on a suitably staggered basis.
    2. The Gold Medal shall be awarded each year, unless the judges feel no candidate is qualified. The presentation shall be made at a meeting selected by the nominating Society.
    3. The deadline for nominations to the TMS Acta Metallurgica Award Subcommittee shall be December 31 of each year. Following review and approval of the TMS Board of Directors at its June meeting each year, the TMS nominee shall be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer of Acta Metallurgica, Inc. The Acta Metallurgica, Inc., Gold Medal Award Committee will report its awardee selection to their Board of Governors at their Materials Week meeting and the award will be presented the following year at a meeting selected by the nominating Society. The year designation of the award shall be the year of its presentation.
    The William Hume-Rothery Award shall be presented annually to recognize a scientific leader for exceptional scholarly contributions to the science of alloys by inviting him/her to be an honored presenter at the William Hume-Rothery Memorial Symposium. The awardee participates with the Alloy Phase Committee in organizing this symposium held in conjunction with the TMS Annual Meeting approximately two years following selection. This award honors the memory of the great pioneer in alloy phases, William Hume-Rothery and it consists of an engraved plaque presented at the Annual Meeting.

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