William D. Nix Award

Donations to establish this award fund are being accepted at William D. Nix Award Fund.

This award is established to honor William D. Nix and the tremendous legacy that he has developed and shared with the minerals, metals, and materials community, and to highlight and promote continued progress and innovation relevant to research into the underlying mechanisms and mechanical behavior of macro-, micro- and nanoscale materials.

William D. Nix’s research and seminal contributions to structural materials, thin films, and nanoscale plasticity have had significant impact on critical U.S. industries, spawned new fields of study, and motivated generations of researchers working in fields that span from aerospace to microelectronics. Breakthroughs in technologies for these critical industries depend heavily on the availability of advanced materials that can be engineered and optimized at the nanoscale. Nix’s groundbreaking contributions to our ability to characterize, understand, and predict the mechanical behavior and reliability of such materials have been critical enablers of these key technologies.

The award recipient will receive a cash prize along with a certificate and medal at the TMS Annual Meeting. Award recipient must also prepare and present a lecture at the same meeting. The first recipient is intended to be awarded in 2020.

The selection criteria and methodology will be based on established TMS society awards through the Hardy, Practice, Smith and Sherby Subcommittee.


The annual award will be open and available to members and non-members who have an established record of research, publications, and/or patents in the field of mechanical behavior of materials.

Nominees must have an established record of research, publications and/or patents in the field of mechanical behavior of materials, and work must have had, or be likely to have, a significant and lasting impact on our understanding of the underlying mechanisms and/or attendant mechanical behavior of macro-, micro- and nanoscale materials.

How to Nominate

Submission Deadline:
April 1 of each year.

Nominations are not being accepted at this time. Details on the nomination process will be available once the award is fully funded.