03/01/2017 - TMS Announces Winners of Student Competitions at TMS 2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibition

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March 1, 2017—Pittsburgh, PA (USA): The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) announces the winners of several student competitions held during the TMS 2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, held February 26–March 2, 2017 in San Diego, California. The University of North Texas (Denton) earned the title of Materials Bowl Champions, and 10 student poster entries received awards in the TMS Technical Divisions Student Poster Contest, which included categories for both undergraduate and graduate students.

TMS2017 Materials Bowl Competition

Student teams from ten universities competed in the 11th annual TMS Materials Bowl, a materials-themed quiz-show competition designed to test students’ materials science and engineering knowledge. The teams competed in four elimination rounds and two semi-final rounds that led to a championship round pitting the University of North Texas's Illuminati team against the Colorado School of Mines' Orediggers.

This was the first Materials Bowl win for the North Texas team, made up of students Bharat Gwalani, Calvin V. Mikler, Brandon Ohl, and Spencer Taylor. Each member of the Illuminati team received $250, and $500 was awarded to the North Texas Material Advantage chapter. The Orediggers team took home $500 for the Colorado School of Mines Material Advantage chapter for their second-place win.

Other teams in the competition were from: The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), University of Utah, University of Florida, University of British Columbia, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee (Knoxville), and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

This year's Materials Bowl was sponsored by Goodfellow.

TMS Student Poster Contest Winners

Seventy posters were entered by individuals or teams of students in this year’s TMS Technical Division Student Poster Contest. Undergraduate and graduate winners were selected from the society’s five technical divisions.


Undergraduate: “Silicon Carbide (SiC) Adsorption and Carburization onto an Activated Carbon Matrix,” Alaina Mallard, Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Graduate: “SiMn Reduction with Comilog Ore,” Trine Larssen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Undergraduate: “Discovery of New Ternary Compounds and Scintillators of the A4BX6 Family,” Jesse Johnson, Luis Stand, Mariya Zhuravleva, Mary Koschan, and Chuck Melcher, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Bryan Chakoumakos, Department of Energy-Oak Ridge National Lab

Graduate: “Ex-situ and In-situ TEM Investigation of Texture Dependent Strain Rate Sensitivity of Bauschinger Effect in Ultrafine-grained Al Films,” Ehsan Izadi and Jagannathan Rajagopalan, Arizona State University


Undergraduate: “Phase Stability of bcc MgSc Alloys via Cluster Expansion and Monte Carlo Methods,” Adam Shaw and Lori Bassman, Harvey Mudd College; Gregory Pomrehn, The Boeing Company; Aurora Pribram-Jones, Lawrence Livermore National Lab; Patrick Conway, Michael Ferry, and Kevin Laws, University of New South Wales

Graduate: “Effect of Strontium and Calcium Concentration on Microstructure and in vitro Degradation Rate,” David Christianson, Hunter Henderson, Alex Wilson-Heid, and Michele Manuel, University of Florida


Undergraduate: “Development of Bimodal Ferrite Grain Distribution to Enhance the Ductility of Dual Phase 600 (DP 600) Steel,” Jisha Krishnan, Anish Karmakar, and Shiv Brat Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur; Monideepa Mukherjee, Tata Steel

Graduate: “Bulk Metallic Glass Casting: Insights into Critical Cooling Using High-speed IR Monitoring and Fast DSC,” Fabian Haag, Güven Kurtuldu, and Jörg Löffler, ETH Zurich


Undergraduate: “Lifetime Prediction of FeCrAl Alloys through Statistical Modeling and High-Temperature Cycling Testing,” Christina Cox, Sebastien Dryepondt, and Josh Turan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Graduate: “Non-Destructive 3D Characterization of the Microstructural Evolution of Additively Manufactured Materials,” Tugce Ozturk, Robert Suter, and Anthony Rollett, Carnegie Mellon University; David Menasche, Hamiltonian Group LLC

The TMS 2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2017) offered students invaluable opportunities to compete in lucrative, resume-building competitions, network with professionals, and learn more about the minerals, metals, and materials science and engineering professions. For more information about TMS2017 or student activities at the meeting, visit www.tms.org/TMS2017. Photos are available upon request.


The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a member-driven international professional society dedicated to fostering the exchange of learning and ideas across the entire range of materials science and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production, to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. Included among its nearly 13,000 professional and student members are metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators, and administrators from more than 70 countries on six continents. For more information on TMS, visit www.tms.org.