Where theory meets application

Material Science & Technology

Materials Science & Technology 2004

Where Theory Meets Application
Where Scientists Meet Engineers
Where Technology Meets the Future
Where You Need to Be!
September 26-29, 2004 • New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendee Reception
All attendees are invited to attend the Opening Reception on Monday, September 27, 2004 at the Marriott New Orleans Hotel on the Exhibit Show Floor. Guests may also attend, but will need to secure an Exhibits Only badge before being allowed onto the show floor.

AIST/TMS Awards Luncheon
Monday, September 27, 2004
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: New Orleans Marriott Hotel
Featuring the ACTA Materialia, Inc. J. Herbert Hollomon award and luncheon speech by Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker entitled: “The Changing Nuclear Landscape: New Threats, Different Challenges”

Everyone is invited to attend the joint AIST/TMS Awards Luncheon and join in honoring your colleagues. Of special interest will be the presentation of the 2004 Acta Materialia, Inc. J. Herbert Holloman Award to Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to understanding the interactions between materials technology and societal interest and/or contributions to materials technology that have had a major impact on society. More on Dr. Hecker appears below. Tickets for the AIST/TMS Awards Luncheon may be purchased during the MEETING REGISTRATION.

2004 ACTA Materialia, Inc. J. Herbert Hollomon Award
The 2004 Acta Materialia, Inc. J. Herbert Hollomon Award has been awarded to Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker. Dr. Hecker is currently Senior Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, having served as its director from 1986 to 1997. He has pursued a life-long fascination with materials, first at General Motors and then at Los Alamos. At General Motors, he helped to identify the materials characteristics crucial for sheet metal forming and developed key testing techniques to measure these characteristics. He also helped to develop the fundamental scientific underpinnings for these applied technologies with pioneering work in large-strain plasticity and multi-axial deformation. At Los Alamos, his principal interests have been to understand the unusual behavior of plutonium and the actinides. Dr. Hecker has successfully brought together the metallurgical and condensed-matter physics communities to help explain the notorious instability of plutonium metal and its alloys, and why plutonium defies conventional metallurgical wisdom. He has made seminal contributions to understanding phase instability and phase transformations in plutonium. He has put this knowledge to work to help ensure that the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile is safe, secure, and reliable.
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker

As director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, he helped guide the laboratory through an unprecedented transition in geopolitics as the Cold War came to a sudden and unexpected end. He had the responsibility of certifying the safety and reliability of the nuclear weapons designed at Los Alamos to the President of the United States. In the early 1990s, he spearheaded U.S. efforts for cooperation between the nuclear weapons complexes of the United States and Russia shortly after the demise of the Soviet Union. He recognized that suddenly the United States and the free world were threatened more by Russia’s weakness than her strength. Specifically, he initiated what is now called the Department of Energy’s lab-to-lab program between the nuclear institutes of Russia and the United States to assist a troubled and oversized Russian nuclear complex secure its nuclear materials and prevent the leakage of crucial weapons know-how. He accelerated these efforts after 1998 and expanded them to include preventing and responding to terrorism with weapons of mass destruction. Much of this activity is currently being conducted under the umbrella of the National Academies. He co-chairs the joint U.S.–Russian Committee on Counter terrorism Challenges in the United States and Russia and serves on the joint Nuclear Nonproliferation Committee. He was elected a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2003. Dr. Hecker has also served a number of other organizations, such as the Nuclear Threat Initiative, with similar goals of providing for a safer world.

In addition to his current research efforts on plutonium science, Dr. Hecker continues to pursue ways in which scientists and engineers can provide for a safer and better world. In addition to his national security interests while director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, he provided national leadership for the initiation of the Human Genome project, the HIV/AIDS database, global climate change modeling, the development and application of high-temperature superconductors, and cooperation between the national laboratories and U.S. industry.

Young Leaders Intellectual Property Tutorial
Intellectual Property: Protecting Your Ideas and Inventions
Date: Monday, September 27, 2004
Time: 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Location: New Orleans Marriott
“Intellectual Property” is a very common catch phrase in research and engineering circles. This talk will present a broad view of what intellectual property (IP) is, and how it affects you as a scientist, engineer, or manager. The main categories of IP-patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights will be described briefly. Patents are particularly important in the materials field, as they are the mechanism by which one can protect and benefit from their original inventions. Additional information will be provided on the following patent-related topics: Anatomy of a patent; What a patent protects; How to obtain a patent; The importance of record-keeping; and Patent disputes. This talk will also discuss career opportunities relating to intellectual property. You will learn what is required to become a patent agent or a patent attorney and the types of work they do in regards to prosecution, litigation, opinion work, and IP counseling.
Presented by: Dr. Steven Marsh, Scientific Advisor/Patent Agent
Steven P. Marsh is a registered patent agent and scientific advisor with Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP (New York, NY), a law firm that specializes in all aspects of intellectual property protection and counseling. Dr. Marsh has a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering, all from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

ASM/TMS Distinguished Lectureship in Materials and Society
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Time: 12:45 pm–1:45 pm
Location: New Orleans Marriott
Abstract: The last century has marked fundamental transformations as agrarian societies gave way to an era of manufacturing and as manufacturing is transforming due to the information revolution. The passage of time is often mapped by how we communicate and how we do business. Historically, materials have played an immense role in societal transformations as evidenced by the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the age of Steel, etc. The importance of materials has perhaps never been as monumental as it is today, in an ever expanding global marketplace and a world in which there are increasingly more people, with increasingly greater needs. The world population has gone from 2.6 billion in 1950 to 6.4 billion in 2004, and is estimated to climb over 9 billion in 2050. Though at present much emphasis in the material forum is on nanotechnology and other functional materials (vis a vis structural materials), the world is in dire need for materials engineering solutions that address the basic needs of its inhabitants. The challenges for materials engineering from a societal perspective will be reviewed and discussed. Particular attention will be paid to issues concerning housing, transportation, health, food delivery and distribution, and the packaging needs for medicine and critical substances throughout the globe. Materials solutions ought to be impelled by the basic needs of society. By looking beyond the scope of high-end technology and in addressing today’s evolved primary needs, we may uncover a deeper understanding of the future of materials engineering and the challenges of the coming era.
Presented by: Diran Apelian, Howmet Professor of Engineering; Director, Metal Processing Institute; Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Biography: Prof. Apelian is Howmet Professor of Engineering and Founding Director of the Metal Processing Institute (MPI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Apelian received his B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Drexel University (1968), and his Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT (1972). He joined WPI in 1990 as the Institute’s provost and headed MPI in 1997. He is credited with pioneering work in various areas of materials processing. He was awarded the Howard Taylor Gold Medal (1987 AFS), the Howe Medal (1990 ASM), the Champion H. Mathewson Gold Medal (1992 TMS), was awarded an Honorary Doctorate and Honorary Professor of Northwestern Polytechnic University in Xian, China (1997), and is Honorary Member of the French Metallurgical Society (2000).

Materials and Critical Societal Issues Special Session
Subsequent to the Distinguished Lecture, a special program of several specially invited presentations will follow, organized by the Public and Governmental Affairs Committee of TMS in cooperation with the Federal Affairs Committee of ASM International. The session will address the following thematic issues, which are critical societal issues, having profound impact on materials engineering:

  • The Food Industry: the challenges facing the world as we need to feed a growing population has materials engineering needs not only in the production of the “goods”, but in storage and distribution of food. Studies in world supply of food, and the production needs will be addressed.
  • The Housing Industry: shelter for a growing population that needs to be affordable, safe, and modular in design has a variety of material engineering challenges from recyclability, fire prevention and safety, to design. These issues have been studied by architects and designers, as well as engineers studying fire prevention.
  • Transportation Industry: mobility of a growing population has demands not only on materials, fuel storage, infrastructure, design of cities, and management of air space, but also on quality of life. These critical issues that impact the world of materials engineering will be addressed and presented.
  • Packaging and Recycling: there is no question that serious paradigm changes in societal habits are needed to cope with a growing population; however, there are huge opportunities as well as critical technological needs to recycle materials to serve society.
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