Institute of Metals/Robert Franklin Mehl Award

This award recognizes an outstanding scientific leader by inviting him/her to present a lecture at the Society's Annual Meeting on a technical subject of particular interest to members in the materials science and application of metals program areas.

Established in 1921 by the Institute of Metals Division, this lecture award was revised in 1972 to also honor the memory of Robert Franklin Mehl, internationally renowned professor of metallurgy at Carnegie Mellon University.

This award is considered a pinnacle award. The honoree’s lecture will be published in Metallurgical and Materials Transaction A along with a photo and bio.

The Mehl Award consists of the Mehl Medal and an engraved plate in a walnut plaque. Travel assistance in the amount of $500 will be offered to both foreign and United States award recipients at the time of notification of their selection. Award recipients must travel to and attend the conference in order to receive the travel funds associated with this award.

For more information on this award, view the bylaws.


Must demonstrate outstanding scientific leadership.

How to Nominate

Submission Deadline:
April 1 of each year.
Note: Lectureship awards are considered two years in advance of the presentation year.

Please submit the following documents to complete the nomination process:

  1. Completed nomination form.
  2. Nominator's Supporting Statement: This statement is to be included within the principal nominator’s cover letter of endorsement. The supporting statement should outline the qualifications of the nominee for the specific honor/award. The nominator’s supporting letter should be no more than two pages.
  3. Current resume or curriculum vitae, no more than 5 pages.
  4. Two to five letters of endorsement are required. Each letter should be no longer than one page. No more than one letter of endorsement may be from the same affiliation as the nominee. The nominator’s letter may be counted in the total number required.

Send complete nomination packet to TMS Awards.

Current Year Awardee(s)

2020 Institute of Metals/Robert Franklin Mehl Award
Yuntian Zhu
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Past Years Awardees

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