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A double play in ASM fellowships

Continuing a long tradition of Lehigh leadership in the field, Profs. John DuPont and Wojciech Misiolek have been elected fellows of ASM International, the world's premier society for materials scientists and engineers.

DuPont, associate professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Joining and Laser Processing Laboratory, was cited for "sustained research contributions to the field of solidification and welding metallurgy."

Misiolek, Loewy Chair in Materials Forming Processing and professor of materials science and engineering, was cited for "outstanding contributions to metal processing research and technology development, especially through collaborative efforts." Misiolek directs Lehigh's Institute for Metal Forming.

A total of 29 new fellows were elected this year to ASM. Lehigh was the only university to have two nominees elected.

DuPont and Misiolek join a long list of active Lehigh faculty to be elected ASM fellows, including Arlan Benscoter, research scientist and metallographer; Profs. Arnold Marder, David Williams, Richard Hertzberg, Michael Notis, Alan Pense, David Thomas and Robert Stout of materials science and engineering; and Prof. Robert Wei of mechanical engineering and mechanics.

DuPont and Misiolek have received numerous grants for interdisciplinary research projects involving teams of students, professors and industrial and government partners. Both have won numerous awards and honors.

DuPont joined the faculty in 1999 after serving as associate director of the Energy Liaison Program with Lehigh's Energy Research Center. He conducts research in Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS), welding process modeling and optimization, solidification modeling, weldability, mechanical behavior of welds, and the erosion and corrosion behavior of weld overlays. His work has a variety of applications, including safer containers for spent nuclear energy fuel, the laser welding of austenitic stainless steels for advanced double-hulled combatant ships, and the use of weld overlays and high-temperature steels in power-plant boilers.

DuPont has received research funding from the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and industry. His collaborators have included the Sandia, Idaho and Oak Ridge national laboratories.

In 2000, DuPont received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the top award given to young scientists and engineers by the federal government. In 2001, he was chosen to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

Misiolek came to Lehigh in 1997 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he directed the Powder Research Laboratory and co-directed the Aluminum Processing Program. His areas of interests include deformation processing, rapid prototyping, powder metallurgy and ceramic processing, coatings, high-temperature metal-matrix composites, and high-temperature ceramic superconductors.

Applications of Misiolek's work include the processing of steel and aluminum, the behavior of aluminum alloys, the machining of the rods that connect a car's pistons to its driveshaft, and the residual stresses in the steel rails that carry magnetically elevated, high-speed trains.

Misiolek has also received major research grants from NSF, DOE and ONR. He collaborates with researchers in Europe, South America and Australia, as well as the U.S.

In 2002, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the DOE designated the Institute for Metal Forming as an Industry of the Future in Pennsylvania and provided grants to enable the IMF to organize and provide guidance to Pennsylvania companies that produce or use aluminum.

Posted on Friday, July 01, 2005

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