November 3, 2018

In This Issue


Recent TMS-MForesight Workshop Focuses on Identifying Breakthrough Opportunities

Nearly 40 leading experts and stakeholders in the materials-related manufacturing community convened on October 12 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at a workshop organized by TMS, on behalf of the Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight (MForesight). The purpose of the full-day event was to forecast and brainstorm key technological breakthroughs supporting the next wave of U.S. Manufacturing. The ideas generated by the workshop will be documented in a report, Harnessing Materials Innovations to Support Next Generation Manufacturing Technologies, set to be released by TMS in March 2018.

Facilitated small group sessions first worked to identify opportunities for materials innovations that enable manufacturing breakthroughs resulting in large societal benefits. Evaluation criteria for selecting these opportunities included the potential for manufacturing process improvement in the next five to 10 years and taxpayer return on investment. Emphasis was also placed on opportunities that require public support for pre-competitive investment. 

Workshop participants then turned their attention to developing recommendations for the necessary technological breakthroughs that would address the highest priority opportunities, taking into account factors that justify the investment in such technologies. 

Providing context for these discussions was an opening plenary address, “GE Perspectives on Material-Manufacturing Innovations and Intersections,” by Luana Iorio, general manager, Materials & Process Engineering, GE Aviation. 

Visit the report website to view a complete list of workshop participants and to sign up for an e-mail alert when the report is available for free download in March 2018. Also take a few moments to review the complete library of technical reports available through TMS, all of which are free to download.


Remembering Y. Austin Chang

An extraordinary scholar. An internationally renowned material scientist. An immortal mentor. This is how some of Y. Austin Chang’s colleagues describe him in their introductions to the new book Immortal Mentor: A Warm and Inspiring Biography of Y. Austin Chang. Published and edited by his wife, P. Jean Chang, this personal biography looks beyond Chang’s professional accomplishments to tell a more complete story of his life, from his early years as a boy in China to his education in the United States and the legacy he left behind.

Austin Chang was a figure familiar to many TMS members. He was named a fellow of the society in 1991 and served as TMS president in 2000. He is widely regarded as a leading scholar in the field of solid-state solution thermodynamics and its applications to the analysis of phase equilibria and defect energetics in solids. Based on the groundbreaking codes that he developed, Chang founded CompuTherm LLC, which produces user-friendly computer software and databases for thermodynamic calculations. He passed away in August 2011 at the age of 78.

Written in friendly, accessible language, Immortal Mentor is divided into five sections that examine various aspects of Chang’s life: his childhood, marriage and family life, his professional achievements, the inspiration he provided to others, and his retirement and later years. In extensive appendices, the book also includes a collection of tributes written by Chang’s friends and colleagues and a listing of his many accomplishments.

Immortal Mentor is an English translation of the Chinese book, A Person Having Stories—Academician Yong-Shan Chang, published in 2016 by National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. 

Jean Chang wanted to have the book translated so that her sons, as well as Austin Chang’s many friends and colleagues in the United States, would also have the chance to read her husband’s story. 

“He was a very private person,” said Jean. “People didn’t know as much about his personal life.” 

She described the story of Chang’s life as a success story, pointing out that he had no formal education in math or science until the age of 13, but went on to a distinguished career. By the end of his life, he had been elected to such prestigious organizations as the U.S. National Academy of Engineering; the Chinese Academy of Sciences (as a foreign member); and, the year before his death, the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. 

Austin Chang never told people what to do, his wife said, but instead tried to set a good example. Now the example that he set with his life is preserved in the pages of this book. 
   
The English edition of Immortal Mentor is now available for purchase for $45 plus shipping. To order your copy, contact Jean Chang with your name and shipping address. Personal check and cashier’s check are accepted.

Dickinson, Ghosh, and Jarrett Headline Division Luncheons at TMS2018

At the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2018) in March, the society’s technical divisions will hold luncheon events that offer an opportunity to network, honor outstanding members, and hear from an invited speaker selected by the division leadership. 

The Structural Materials Division (SMD) has invited Somnath Ghosh of Johns Hopkins University (JHU) as its luncheon speaker on Monday, March 12. Considered a leader in the field of computational mechanics of materials, Ghosh is the Michael G. Callas Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at JHU. He is also the founding director of the JHU Center for Integrated Structure-Materials Modeling and Simulation (CISMMS) and the Air Force Center of Excellence in Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM). Ghosh leads an internationally recognized research program on multiscale modeling of mechanical behavior and failure response of composite materials, and polycrystalline metals involving structure-material interactions. Ghosh is also the TMS 2017 SMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award recipient.

Michelle Dickinson will be the featured speaker at the Extraction & Processing Division/Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division Luncheon on Tuesday, March 13. Dickinson is both a senior lecturer in engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and director of Nanogirl Labs Ltd. Her research group at the University of Auckland specializes in studying the mechanical properties, chemistry and structure of nanomaterials, biological materials, and thin films in addition to standard macro sized materials. Through Nanogirl, she aims to make science and engineering accessible for all and creates new ways for the public to interact with science. She has made television appearances, staged live Theatre Science Shows, produced science communication videos, and records a science comedy podcast called “Stupid Questions for Scientists.”

On Wednesday, March 14, Martin Jarrett of Constellium UK Ltd will come to the podium as the Light Metals Division luncheon lecturer. Jarrett, the global technical director of the Automotive Structures & Industry business unit of Constellium and the technical director of the new Constellium University Technology Center (UTC) at Brunel University London, will deliver the presentation, “Accelerating the Development of Aluminum Lightweighting Solutions for Crash Management Systems and Structural Automotive Components.” His talk will discuss how the importance of being innovative and close to their customers is a driving force within Constellium and their automotive business and how this strategy has broken new ground with the establishment of the UTC. This center aims to bridge the gap between fundamental research and series production, and a key feature of the work of the UTC will be the rapid prototyping of extruded profiles and components to enhance strength and stretch performance limits.

Anyone can view the lecture portion of these events, but tickets are required to attend the luncheons. Tickets can be purchased for $35 per luncheon when you register for TMS2018.