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Recipient: 2000 Educator Award

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society's Educator Award was established in 1985 to recognize outstanding contributions to education in metallurgical engineering and/or materials science and engineering. The award is not limited to the classroom but also includes recognition of innovative ways of educating the general populace.
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Richard W. Hertzberg

Citation: "For teaching, research and textbook contributions regarding the fracture mechanics and fatigue of metals and polymers and development of pre-college and post-graduate short courses."

Biography: Richard W. Hertzberg is New Jersey Zinc Professor Emeritus at the Lehigh University department of materials science and engineering.

Dr. Hertzberg earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York in 1960 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961 and Lehigh University in 1965, respectively. At Lehigh University, he was director of the Materials Research Center’s Mechanical Behavior Laboratory and department chair.

Dr. Hertzberg has authored more than 230 scientific publications, including five books. He is the recipient of several awards and honors, such as the Teaching Excellence Award from Lehigh University.

Quote: “As a member of TMS for almost 40 years, I benefited greatly from countless interactions with fellow academicians and scientists. From my frequent participation in TMS abstract sessions, associated with both Fall and Spring TMS conferences, I learned how to effectively present technical papers to general audiences. From these experiences, I established life-long friendships with many individuals with whom I shared the lectern. The Educator Award represents a crowning endorsement of my career efforts; I am truly honored to be among those distinguished prior recipients of this award.”

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