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Recipient: 1997 Robert Lansing Hardy Award

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society's Robert Lansing Hardy Award was established in 1955. The medal recognizes outstanding promise for a successful career in the broad field of metallurgy by a metallurgist under the age of 30.
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Sossina M. Haile

Citation: None given for this award.

Biography: Sossina M. Haile is an assistant professor at the California Institute of Technology. She earned her B.S. in materials science and engineering in 1986 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her M.S. in 1988 from the University of California, and her Ph.D. in 1992 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After serving as a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute, she joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Washington. She has authored or coauthored 19 publications and presented 12 invited and 14 contributed talks at conferences and research institutes. She is also active in engineering education reform. She has been named National Young Investigator from 1994-1999 by the National Science Foundation and has been a Humboldt Fellow and Fulbright Scholar.

Quote: "It is a great honor to be selected as the recipient of the 1997 Hardy Award. To be recognized at this early stage as someone with 'exceptional promise' can only help to bring the promise to fulfillment. Furthermore, as an educator and as an African-American woman, I believe this award will help me to inspire young women and students of color to enter the engineering profession."

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