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Recent alumni gifts will benefit MSE students and programs

Recent alumni gifts will benefit MSE students and programs

MSE alums Nathaniel L. Field and Neil A. Weissman recently established funds that will benefit MSE students and programs.

MSE is excited to announce two funds recently established by generous MSE alumni:

Nathaniel L. Field (BSE ME ’59, MSE ’59) has provided a gift to establish the Nathaniel L. Field Materials Science and Engineering Scholarship Fund for Metals Research. This endowed scholarship fund will provide need-based support to undergraduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering whose academic focus surrounds metals research.  

A proud alumnus, Mr. Field holds two degrees from the University of Michigan College of Engineering.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in mechanical engineering, both in 1959. Field also established another endowment fund in 2016, the Nathaniel L. Field Student Support Fund, which provides need-based support to students in the Mechanical Engineering Department who are preferably from Michigan’s northern lower peninsula or upper peninsula. He and his wife, Judith Field (BBA ’61, AMLS ’63, MBA ’69), reside in Northville, Michigan. 

Neil A. Weissman (BSE MSE ’95) has established the Neil A. Weissman Fund for Materials Science and Engineering to support programs or purchase equipment forundergraduate student laboratory research. The expendable fund will be used at the discretion of the chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Weissman, a member of the MSE External Advisory Board (EAB), currently serves as managing director of the Weissman Eppler Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Ann Arbor. He is a member of the executive board for the Friendship Circle, a West Bloomfield-based nonprofit that helps families of individuals with special needs, and also serves on the advisory board for the ChadTough Foundation, a local organization whose mission is to fund research and raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer. Weissman lives in Canton, with his wife Stacy and their two children.

John (Chip) Keough '77 awarded the Pangborn Gold Medal from AFS

John (Chip) Keough '77 awarded the Pangborn Gold Medal from AFS

The American Foundry Society unanimously awarded John (Chip) Keough '77 the Pangborn Gold Medal.

On Monday the American Foundry Society (AFS) Board of Awards unanimously awarded John (Chip) Keough (BS '77 Materials and Metallurgical Engineering) the Thomas V. Pangborn Gold Medal. Keough will accept the award in April at the 122nd Metalcasting Congress in Fort Worth, Texas.

"This is the highest recognition the American Foundry Society and your peers can give to the individuals who have served the industry honorably and well," noted AFS Chairman Mike Selz. "In presenting this award, we are confident it will bring you the recognition you so well deserve."

"I am humbled by [the award] and grateful to accept it on behalf of all the great people I have worked with, and for, these last 40 years since becoming an AFS member," Keough responded in his acceptance letter, adding: "April 2018 is a milestone for me. It marks the 40th anniversary of the presentation of my first published work, at the AFS Casting Congress in Detroit. It was an AFS-supported paper that I co-authored with one of my mentors, Professor Richard Flinn (who won the AFS Simpson Gold Medal in 1947) on the development of a non-ferrous, permanent mold test bar. I can now look forward to people who I have had the pleasure to mentor winning such honors in the future."

In 2005, Keough founded Ann Arbor-based Joyworks LLC, a prototype design and casting studio (specializing in casting conversions). Currently an MSE adjunct professor, Keough also serves on the department's External Advisory Board and in 2004 earned MSE's Alumni Merit Award.

Live-saving 'Incublanket,' created by Grace Hsia '12, a 'hot' product: The Detroit News

Live-saving 'Incublanket,' created by Grace Hsia '12, a 'hot' product: The Detroit News

Grace Hsia (right), CEO of Warmilu and creator of the IncuBlanket, poses with Warmilu COO Larrea Young. (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News)

MSE alumna Grace Hsia (BSE '12) was recently featured in The Detroit News for advances with IncuBlanket, a nonelectric blanket she created to help save babies in resource-scarce hospitals across the globe. Earlier this year Hsia and her company, Warmilu, were cleared to sell the life-saving product in Africa. Hsia estimates that the IncuBlanket will save more than 10,500 infants this year in Somalia, Rwanda and Uganda.

In May Hsia won $72,000 from the Detroit WeWork Creator Awards and in 2016 was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree.

Robert D. and Julie A. Pehlke Endowed Graduate Student Fellowship Fund Established

 Robert D. and Julie A. Pehlke Endowed Graduate Student Fellowship Fund Established

Robert D. Pehlke

Robert D. (BSE MetE ’55) and Julie A. Pehlkehave provided a gift to endow the Robert D. and Julie A. Pehlke Endowed Fellowship Fund at the College of Engineering. This fellowship will support PhD students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This gift qualifies for the Bicentennial Opportunity Matching Initiative.

Keith Bowman ('87) appointed Dean of UMBC COEIT

Keith Bowman ('87)  appointed Dean of UMBC COEIT

Keith Bowman '87

MSE alum and External Advisory Board (EAB) member Dr. Keith Bowman (PHD ’87) has been appointed dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Previously Bowman served as dean of the College of Science & Engineering (CoSE) at San Francisco State University (SF State) for two years, following his leadership as chair of the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) for nearly four years, and nearly five years leading the Purdue School of Materials Engineering as interim head and head. He was named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 2000. Awards at Purdue include receiving the MSE Best Teaching Award in 1992 and 1995 and Purdue’s highest teaching award, the Charles Murphy Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1995. In 2007, he received the Purdue College of Engineering Mentoring Award and became a professor of Engineering Education (by courtesy). In 2012 he was invested as the first Duchossois Leadership Professor in the IIT Armour College of Engineering. In addition to materials science research on mechanical and electrical properties of composites, metals, and ceramics, he has worked on assessment approaches for engineering education and studied trends for gender, racial, and ethnic diversity across engineering disciplines. Bowman has over 180 publications.

In 2016, Bowman joined MSE’s External Advisory Board. The mission of EAB, which meets annually in the fall, is to enhance MSE department’s position as a premier research and higher education program by advising the MSE Chair on matters such as strategic planning, curriculum feedback, alumni engagement, talent acquisition and retention, and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering.

Robert D. Pehlke Lectureship in Materials Processing endowed

This lecture will feature topics about or concerning materials processing, and the endowment fund will cover expenses related to the lecture.
Robert D. Pehlke Lectureship in Materials Processing endowed

Professor Emeritus Robert Pehlke

Robert D. Pehlke (BSE MetE ’55) has endowed the Robert D. Pehlke Lectureship in Materials Processing, which will be held by the College of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This lecture will feature topics about or concerning materials processing, and the endowment fund will cover expenses related to the lecture, such as speaker honorarium, transportation, lodging, publicity, hospitality, etc.

A professor emeritus of the University of Michigan, Professor Pehlke joined the faculty in 1960 and has served several terms as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He has researched a broad range of metallurgical topics, including high-temperature physical chemistry of metallurgical systems and computer applications in metallurgy. A prolific author, Professor Pehlke has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications, and his newest book, Adventures of a Materials Engineer, is due to be released in the fall of 2017. He has received many awards and honors for his contributions to the field of materials engineering, and he is the recipient of the 2005 Alumni Merit Award. Professor Pehlke is a fellow of ASM International and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, AIME, as well as a distinguished life member of the Iron and Steel Society, AlME.

Kicking the Hornet’s Nest: The Kirkendall Effect

A 23 year-old Michigan Engineering graduate student turned metallurgy upside down
Kicking the Hornet’s Nest: The Kirkendall Effect

Ernest Kirkendall

23 year-old Ernest Kirkendall couldn’t have known what was in store for him when he arrived on U-M’s campus in 1934. Having grown up in the leafy Detroit suburb of Highland Park and earned his undergraduate engineering degree at nearby Wayne College, Kirkendall travelled to Ann Arbor to study under renowned Michigan metallurgist Clair Upthegrove.

Little did he know that his doctoral thesis and subsequent research would kick a scientific hornet’s nest—and catapult him into a decade-long battle with the captains of his field. Or that, when the dust cleared, his dogged perseverance would make him a legend, with a metallurgical discovery—one of the most important of the 20th century—named after him: The Kirkendall Effect.

Something odd and unexpected

The commotion began in 1937, when Kirkendall noticed something odd during his thesis research into the diffusion of solid metals. Metals placed together diffuse into each other—much as a drop of food coloring dissolves in water, but much more slowly. This had been documented since at least 1896, but there had been surprisingly little research into precisely how it happened. Kirkendall was looking for answers, layering bars of copper and brass together and heating them in a furnace to speed diffusion and examining the results.

Peering through an optical microscope, Kirkendall saw something he hadn’t expected: after diffusion had taken place, the border between the brass and copper had moved; the brass layer grew while the copper layer shrunk. The movement of the boundary seemed to suggest that the two metals were not diffusing into each other at the same rate.

Upthegrove, Kirkendall’s thesis advisor, assured him that this was not possible. It was common knowledge that metals diffused together in a tit-for-tat exchange of atoms called an exchange mechanism: one atom of zinc switching places with one atom of copper. The theory had been agreed upon by an army of respected metallurgists, including the formidable R.F. Mehl of Carnegie University, the metallurgy capital of the world. Surely, Upthegrove argued, the results were due to a defect in the samples used in the experiment, or perhaps volume differences between the two metals. In any case, suggesting a new mechanism of diffusion was foolish—and it would get Kirkendall’s thesis rejected.

Kirkendall relented, successfully completing his thesis and earning his D.Sc. in 1938. But he continued to examine the long-held theory of diffusion by an exchange mechanism. When he looked into it further, he found that it was based mostly on conjecture, with surprisingly little empirical research.

Still…he persisted

So Kirkendall decided to look into it himself. He had taken a position at Wayne University in Detroit, which had only recently been promoted from college to university status. Wayne had very limited equipment at the time, so Kirkendall made his own, including an X-ray machine he built from plans he borrowed from a friend at Ford Motor Company. This time he used discs of copper and brass, and again he noted that the boundary between the two metals moved during diffusion. This time, he made careful calculations showing that the movement of the boundary could not be due to volume differences alone.

Published in 1942, this paper directly contradicted the widely held theory that metals diffused together by an exchange mechanism. Kirkendall suggested instead a vacancy mechanism where atoms from one metal switch places with vacancies in the lattice structure of the other. Thus, different metals diffuse at different rates because of their different structures.

But something else happened in 1942: The United States’ entry into World War II. War-related research overtook the scientific community and Kirkendall’s diffusion research was all but forgotten.

But Kirkendall wouldn’t forget. When the war ended, research shifted back from applied science to more theoretical pursuits. And Kirkendall, still working as an instructor at Wayne University, was ready with a third paper on the diffusion of solids.

This one was the blockbuster.

The newbie defies the establishment

Kirkendall used a copper-plated brass bar, this time adding molybdenum wires at the boundary between the two metals—markers that made the movement of the boundary more obvious. He conducted exhaustive mathematical calculations showing that the interdiffusion coefficient in this experiment agreed with the experiments detailed in his 1942 paper. He included metallograph images showing that the bar’s zinc had diffused into the copper faster than the copper diffused into the brass.

Finally, in April of 1946, Kirkendall confidently submitted his paper to the journal Transactions of the AIME, headed by the venerable R.F. Mehl, a major proponent of the exchange mechanism of diffusion.

Mehl was aghast at the very idea that Kirkendall—not yet a full professor at a newly minted university in Detroit—would attempt to turn the entire metallurgical community on its head. He rejected the paper, delaying its publication for more than six months. Eventually, a group of other scientists intervened, and Mehl agreed to publish the paper—on the condition that the discussion from the paper’s presentation would be published alongside it.

The five-page paper appeared in 1947—along with eight pages of discussion and debate that amounted to a precisely worded scientific food fight. Mehl and others questioned Kirkendall’s math, his methods and his measurements.

Mehl even dispatched a researcher from his lab, L.C.C. daSilva, to conduct his own set of diffusion experiments. Many believed that daSilva’s work would find the error in Kirkendall’s research. Instead, it confirmed it, duplicating the original results with a variety of metals and methods.

Finally—13 years after Kirkendall published his first paper on diffusion—Mehl relented. He took it upon himself to personally telephone the researchers who had been involved with the 1947 paper and tell them that he now fully supported Kirkendall’s work. In 1950, he and other metallurgy leaders convened and publicly proclaimed their support for Kirkendall’s work.

The effect of the Kirkendall Effect

The Kirkendall Effect has become a cornerstone of materials science in the decades since; critical to welding, metal alloying, thin film production and any other process where two different metals are joined together. And perhaps just as importantly, it stands as a testament to the power of scientific experimentation, creativity and perseverance.

“What I like about Kirkendall’s work is that he found such a clever way to study an atomic-level process without observing actual atoms,” said Amit Misra, chair of the U-M department of Materials Science and Engineering. “His experiment was simple and cheap, yet it changed the world. Kirkendall shows how Important it is to ask questions and think about what you’re trying to learn instead of repeating what others have done."

Mehl eventually reconciled with Kirkendall; shortly before Mehl’s death he invited Kirkendall for a visit and apologized for the harsh treatment of his third paper. The two shook hands and Mehl confided, “I wish I had an effect which had my name like your Kirkendall Effect.”

As for Kirkendall, he never wrote another paper. He left Wayne University in 1947 for a job as secretary of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) and never looked back. The job at AIME paid more than double his salary at Wayne, and with three children to put through school, he couldn’t say no. But even though his academic career was short, he accomplished more than most professors do in a lifetime.

“Some breakthroughs stop being relevant after a certain amount of time, but I think as long as we’re teaching materials science, the Kirkendall Effect will still be relevant,” Misra said. “Like Newton’s research, it will always be relevant.”

 

 

By Gabe Cherry, College of Engineering

UM MSE Alumnus Qinghuang Lin Honored by SPIE

UM MSE Alumnus Qinghuang Lin Honored by SPIE

Dr Qinghuang Lin

Dr. Qinghuang Lin (MSE, Ph.D. 94’), a Research Staff Member of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, USA was honored by SPIE (The International Society for Optical and Photonics Engineering) with a promotion to the rank of a 2017 SPIE Fellow in January, 2017. This was the third Fellowship title he has received. In 2014, Dr. Lin was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS Fellow). In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE), American Chemical Society (PMSE Fellow).

 

Each year, SPIE promotes members as new Fellows of the Society. Fellows are Members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honored for their technical achievement, for their service to the general optics community, and to SPIE in particular. More than 1,200 SPIE members have become Fellows since the Society's inception in 1955.

 

In 2017, SPIE honors 71 new SPIE Fellows. Dr. Lin was promoted to an SPIE Fellow “for achievements in materials and processes for lithography.” Lithography is an essential step for making smaller, faster and cheaper microchips that power everything from supercomputers, to smart phones and sophisticated medical devices. Dr. Lin received his SPIE Fellow plaque at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium held on February 27, 2017 in San Jose, California, USA.

 

On February 27, 2017, Dr. Qinghuang Lin (center) received his SPIE Fellow plaque from Dr. Eugene Arthurs (left), CEO of SPIE and Dr. Bruce Smith (right), Professor of Rochester Institute of Technology and Chair of the 2017 SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium.

 

Dr. Qinghuang Lin is a Research Staff Member and Manager at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. For more than twenty years, he has held a variety of research, engineering, management and technology strategy positions in the research and development of more than ten generations (0.25 um to 5 nm nodes) of CMOS logic technologies as well as dynamic random access memory (DRAM), spin-torque transfer magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM) technologies and other exploratory research at IBM.

 

An IBM Master Inventor, Dr. Lin holds more than 90 issued US patents. He is a recipient of 26 IBM Invention Plateau Achievement Awards. In 2002, he, along with colleagues, received an IBM Research Division Award for "invention, development and implementation of 248 nm bilayer resist technology in manufacturing." This IBM 248 nm bilayer resist technology was part of the 40 years of innovations in semiconductor technology that won IBM the 2004 US National Medal of Technology -- the highest honor awarded by the President of the United States to America's leading innovators. In 2015, Dr. Lin, along with colleagues, received an IBM Research Division Outstanding Achievement Award for “Spin-Torque Transfer Magnetic Random Access Memory (STT-MRAM).” In 2016, he, along with colleagues, received an IBM Research Division Achievement Award for “contributions to fundamental understanding of line edge roughness in semiconductor technology.” Dr. Lin’s inventions have been adopted in the mass production of advanced microchips for high-performance computers and some of the most popular mobile devices.

 

A frequent organizer and speaker of professional conferences at ACS, MRS, SPIE and SEMI, Dr. Lin is the editor or co-editor of 7 books and 9 conference proceedings volumes and the author and co-author of over 70 technical papers. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS and served as a Guest Editor of Journal of Materials Research focus issue on self-assembly and directed assembly of advanced materials.

 

Dr. Qinghuang Lin received his B.E. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and his Ph.D. degree with Professor Albert Yee from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin prior to joining IBM in 1995.

Ferrari fund supports MSE grad students

Ferrari fund supports MSE grad students

Materials Science and Engineering

The Estate of Harry M. Ferrari (MSE ’55, PhD ’58) provided a gift for endowment to establish the Harry Ferrari Student Fellowship Fund. This fund will provide support to graduate students in the department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Ferrari joined the Westinghouse Electric Atomic Power Division after receiving his doctorate degree from the U-M. At this company, he was instrumental in developing the nuclear fuel materials and designs that power nuclear plants worldwide today. As a prolific author of technical articles, Dr. Ferrari lectured around the globe and received many prestigious awards. Dr. Ferrari also founded Gamma Sports, a global manufacturer and distributor of tennis equipment, combining his interest in tennis and innovation of new materials.

Frederick N. Rhines Fellowship Fund Established to Support Materials Science and Engineering Grads

Frederick N. Rhines Fellowship Fund Established to Support Materials Science and Engineering Grads

Walden C. And Paula H. Rhinesa

Dr. Walden C. (BSE Met.E. ’68) and Paula H. Rhines have recently provided a gift of endowment to establish the Frederick N. Rhines Fellowship Fund.  Dr. and Mrs. Rhines established this fund in honor of Dr. Rhines’ father, Dr. Frederick N. Rhines(BSE ChE ’29), and will support graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.  This gift qualifies for the Bicentennial Opportunity Matching Initiative.

 

Since 1993, Dr. Rhines has served as the CEO and chairman of Mentor Graphics, a leader in worldwide electronic design automation.  He is a recognized spokesperson for the semiconductor and electronic design automation industries with over 40 years of experience in this field.  His father, Dr. Frederick N. Rhines was an engineering professor at the University of Florida.  He founded the Department of Materials Science and received the prestigious 1972-73 Scholar of the Year award by the University of Florida.

 

Dr. Rhines expressed, “My father and I both graduated from the College of Engineering, with degrees in Chemical/Metallurgical Engineering. We have both been grateful for the high quality education UM provided and the doors it opened for exciting careers built upon a foundation in materials science and engineering. I’m pleased that my wife and I can express our gratitude to the College by funding some of the education of future students.”

Grace Hsia ('12) named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Grace Hsia ('12) named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Grace Hsia (BSE '12)

Grace Hsia ('12) has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Manufacturing & Industry.  Hsia is CEO and founder of Warmilu, which started as a senior design project in MSE. Warmilu works with phase change materials to provide warmth to diverse communities. Our social mission is focused on helping to end hypothermia as a leading cause of infant mortality around the globe.

 

http://warmilu.com

http://www.forbes.com/30-under-30-2016/manufacturing-industry/#4e95597476cd

Jay Whitacre receives College of Engineering Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award

Jay Whitacre receives College of Engineering Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award

Jay Whitacre (MSE '97, Ph.D. 99)

Jay Whitacre, Masters (1997) and Ph.D. (1999) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, was named the Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Lecture and Award winner.

 

After graduating, Dr. Whitacre was then a Postdoctoral Scholar at The California Institute of Technology (at JPL) from 1999 to 2000, where he worked to characterize and optimize the performance of thin film solid-state electrochemical devices. He subsequently accepted a technical staff position at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was promoted to Senior Member Technical Staff in 2003. His work at JPL was focused on developing materials system for energy storage technologies. During this time, he was also trained as a systems engineer and became a member of several mission design groups as well as the Mars Science Laboratory development team. Dr. Whitacre took a professor position at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy. His work at CMU has been focused on developing and analyzing new materials and systems for electrochemical energy storage and conversion. In 2008, a first-generation version of a new aqueous electrolyte battery chemistry was developed in his labs at CMU, and subsequent incubation work resulted in the spin out of Aquion Energy from CMU in late 2009.

 

Whitacre has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-review papers and is an inventor on over 30 patents that are issued or pending. He has numerous honors to his name, including the 2014 Caltech/Resnick Sustainability Institute Resonate Award, was listed as one of the top 25 Eco-Innovators in the world by Fortune Magazine in 2014, and was the 2015 winner of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Innovation.

 

Whitacre is currently a Full Professor at CMU and is also the CTO of Aquion Energy.

For more information, visit http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/whitacre


About the Arbor Networks Award:

 

Just as Arbor Networks applies research driven approaches to solving important problems, this award serves to highlight the diverse ways in which our alumni have had societal impact. Research with a greater purpose and the potential to benefit many is a core underlying principle of this award. The overall goals of this award are to:

  1. Celebrate the success of our alumni.
  2. Provide an opportunity for our Ph.D. students to interact with alumni whose work has had impact outside of academia.
  3. Celebrate the successes of Arbor Networks.

 

For more information regarding the Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Lecture and Award please visit:
https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/engin-arbor-networks-award/home

 

Don Nolan receives 2015 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award

Don Nolan receives 2015 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award

Don Nolan, 2015 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award Winner

Don Nolan joined Kennametal Inc. in November 2014 as President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

At the forefront of advanced materials innovation for more than 75 years, Kennametal Inc. is a global industrial technology leader delivering productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions.  Customers across aerospace earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day nearly 13, 000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated more than $2.6 billion in revenues in fiscal 2015.

 

Prior to Don joining Kennametal, he served as President of Avery Dennison’s $4.5 billion Materials Group.  In that position, he harnessed the company’s operational strengths and accelerated organic growth with an acute focus on customer engagement, brand-savvy marketing and commercially successful innovation. 

 

Don has more than 30 years of experience in specialty materials and practical experience leading global growth and top-tier performance serving customers in diverse, global industries.

 

Don received a bachelor’s degree in materials and metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and later returned to the University of Michigan where he earned his MBA.  He serves on the board of directors of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. and is a member of the University of Michigan’s Engineering Advisory Council.

MSE Alumnus Jay Whitacre Receives Lemelson-MIT Prize

MSE Alumnus Jay Whitacre Receives Lemelson-MIT Prize

Michigan MSE Alumnus Jay Whitacre

University of Michigan Materials Science Engineering alum Jay Whitacre (ME ’97, PhD ’99), has received the 2015 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for his work inventing the Aqueous Hybrid Ion battery, a durable, non-toxic battery often used to store energy electricity solar and wind energy systems.

 

Whitacre founded Aquion Energy in 2008 to commercialize the first-of-its-kind battery technology, which uses safe and abundant materials like salt, water and carbon. Now fully commercialized, the battery is manufactured in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania and distributed across the globe.

 

Whitacre said he plans to use a portion of the award to start a fellowship that will support graduate students and nurture interest in innovative energy solutions.

 

“We are proud to recognize Jay Whitacre as this year’s Lemelson-MIT Prize winner,” said Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program in an MIT news release. “Jay is passionate about sharing his experiences with young people, and is intent on inspiring them to cultivate an interest in STEM and invention.”

 

The Lemelson-MIT Prize honors outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

MSE alum Aaron Crumm joins UM Center for Entrepreneurship as first Entrepreneur is Residence

MSE  alum Aaron Crumm joins UM Center for Entrepreneurship as first Entrepreneur is Residence

Aaron Crumm

The appointment of Aaron Crumm (MSE MSE '97,PhD '00), is the first installment of a $1 million program designed for CFE to house an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). Aaron and all future EIRs will play an active role in CFE's entrepreneurship and research acceleration programs. Aaron has extensive experience in launching his own technology company, Adaptive Materials, Inc., out of the research he completed as a PhD student at the University. He not only applies this experience to helping students and faculty transition research to real-world application, but also serves as a faculty member and mentor. Aaron provides students a seasoned perspective on how to approach entrepreneurship and innovation as it applies to the technology and energy industry.

 

Aaron will be taking a very active role in The Center for Entrepreneurship's programs and education as it's first Entrepreneur in Residence. Beyond teaching courses, he will be serving as an advisor to student startups and looking for opportunities to translate technology into the energy industry.


Crumm’s simple, yet radical, business proposition was to develop a portable solid oxide fuel cell system that ran off of readily available fuel. Crumm’s work has attracted more than $50 million in contracts to support the growth of AMI. His success in leveraging research grants as part of AMI's business acceleration strategy was integral to the company’s ability to remain privately-held and focused on fuel cell product development. The company was acquired by defense industry giant Ultra Electronics in 2010. AMI has been recognized for its dynamic growth with Ann Arbor SPARK FastTrack, Inc. 5,000, and Inc. 100 Energy Company awards. Aaron Crumm has also individually recognized as an entrepreneur with multiple awards including Executive of the Year in 2011. Prior to founding Adaptive Materials, Crumm gained insight into electric power generation as a nuclear engineer. He earned his bachelor of science degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University and a PhD in material science from the University of Michigan. Crumm is a highly regarded and respected speaker at many alternative energy symposiums and fuel cell conferences.

Paul Krajewski receives 2014 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award

Paul Krajewski receives  2014 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award

Paul Krajewski with his PhD advisors Wayne Jones and John Allison

Dr. Paul Krajewski is a globally recognized expert in lightweight materials, automobile lightweighting, and innovation.   He received a Bachelors (89), Masters (91), and Doctorate (94) in Materials Science from the University of Michigan. Dr. Krajewski is currently a Global Manager and Technical Fellow for Vehicle Mass Integration and Strategy at General Motors Company. He leads teams responsible for developing the vehicle lightweight strategy and mass reduction technology plan for future GM vehicles, as well as having responsibility for mass integration on GM’s global vehicles. He was previously an Engineering Group Manager and Technical Fellow for General Motors Product Engineering where he was responsible for Advanced Technology Body and Exteriors as well as managing the Global Body Structures Leadership Team. Before that, he spent 15 years at General Motors Research and Development. He has led projects and production implementations with a variety of lightweight materials including aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber composites. Dr. Krajewski has over 75 publications and has been awarded 38 US Patents.  He led a team responsible for designing and launching body panels for the Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Stingray. The carbon fiber hood scoop for the Camaro and carbon fiber hood for the Corvette won Innovation Awards from the Society of Plastics Engineers in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Dr. Krajewski has been recognized by Fortune Magazine (40 under 40) and MIT’s Technology Review (TR35) as a leading innovator, and was elected as a Fellow of ASM International in 2008. He was the first recipient of the Brimacombe Medal from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) in 2012 and won the Mathewson Medal from TMS in 2013 for outstanding published contribution to materials science. He has also appeared as a subject matter expert on the History Channel's Modern Marvels Aluminum Program. Dr. Krajewski recently led the development of the industry first sheet magnesium decklid which won the 2013 International Magnesium Association Award for innovative application of magnesium and the China Automobile & Parts Industry Development & Innovation Materials Innovation Award.

MSE alum Jon Madison wins Black Engineer of the Year award

MSE alum Jon Madison wins Black Engineer of the Year award

Jon Madison

Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Jon Madison had a strong sense of who he was and where he was going. “I wasn’t an average kid,” he said. “Whatever my peers were doing, chances are I wasn’t doing it. After school and weekends I helped with my family’s business. When it came to performing academically and taking an intellectual route, I always went my own way.”

 

Madison’s route led to master’s and doctoral degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and a career at Sandia National Laboratories. Today, he also mentors interns at the labs and young people in the community.


He recently was named winner of a Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) for Most Promising Scientist. “This is a high point in my career,” Madison said. “I was excited to win and to represent Sandia in this way.”


BEYA is a program of the national Career Communications Group, an advocate for corporate diversity, and is part of its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) achievement program. The awards annually recognize the nation’s best and brightest engineers, scientists and technology experts. Madison received his award at the 29th BEYA conference in Washington, D.C., in early February.
Madison’s parents were painting contractors who encouraged him to excel. “They didn’t push me into any one field or direction,” he said. “They said whatever you do, do your best, and that stuck with me.”


He worked in the family business and decided it wasn’t for him. He wanted a career in science. Madison went to Clark Atlanta University, one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering science. He then headed to U-M to complete his master’s and doctorate in materials science and engineering.


Madison was in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation initiative, a STEM scholarship program of the National Science Foundation. “They said from day one that I would go to grad school,” he said. “The expectations were high.”


He did summer internships at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., Washington State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I was looking for mechanical engineering internships but ended up in materials research programs,” he said. “I got a lot of exposure and opportunity to see materials science in different ways. That’s when it clicked for me that I would like to pursue materials science as a career.”


Madison joined Sandia in 2010. His work centers on destructive and non-destructive techniques to understand microstructure in three dimensions, and using that information in experiments and simulations.


Duane Dimos, director of Sandia’s Pulsed Power Sciences Center, nominated Madison for the BEYA award, saying his research skills “are differentiated from many peers by a mastery of both experimental and modeling expertise with a focus on quantification of defects in materials microstructures.”


“Madison is a tireless advocate for ensuring diversity within his professional field and at work,” Dimos said. “He serves as a role model for aspiring young African-American students.”


Madison is a Campus Executive Fellowship mentor and works with interns from around the country. “I take mentoring really seriously,” he said. “It is our responsibility as scientists to mentor the next generation. It’s close to my heart because I was groomed by mentors.”
He and his wife volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico, and Madison is a life member of the National Society of Black Engineers and the NAACP. He is also area director of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, which had Martin Luther King Jr. as a member.


Madison’s message to young people is the one he received from his parents. “It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, just strive to do your best,” he said. “The better you perform now, the more doors will open for you later. You don’t want to close those doors before you have a chance to look through them.”


Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

version of this story originally appeared on the website of Sandia National Lab.