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At aluminum extrusion conference, IMF researchers play leading role

Faculty, research staff and students with the Institute for Metal Forming presented nine papers and won a Best Paper Award at the Eighth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar (ET '04) held recently in Orlando, Fla.

Six graduate students, including Alexander Bandar, Heather Browne, Steven Claves, Mario Epler, Neil Hurley and William Van Geertruyden, attended the conference, along with IMF director Wojciech Misiolek, who is Loewy Chair in Materials Forming Processing and an associate professor of materials science and engineering. Also attending were Dr. Marcelo Goncalves, the former Loewy visiting professor and Dr. Paul Wang, adjunct professor of materials science and engineering at Lehigh.

Dr. Pawel Kazanowski, a visiting scientist with the IMF, received the Best Paper Award in the field of Die Design and Technology for a paper titled "Effect of the Convex Die Geometry on the Process Parameters During Extrusion" that he co-wrote with researchers from the AGH - University of Science and Technology in Krakow and the Rzeszow University of Technology, both in Poland. Kazanowski is now the Die Improvement Leader with Hydro Aluminum Cedar Tools in Cedar Springs, Mich.

Four graduate students - Bandar, Browne, Epler and Frank Gift - were invited to the conference because they won the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition in 2003.

Misiolek gave a one-day short course on "Extrusion Excellence: Applied Fundamentals for Aluminum Extruders" that was attended by more than 30 people from the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kenya, Ecuador, China, Spain, The Netherlands, and Colombia.

Misiolek also gave a "Year Two Report" on the status of the new ET Foundation Graduate Fellowship. The scholarship was first awarded to Browne, who completed an M.S. in materials science and engineering last spring and now works for Charles River Associates, a consulting company in Boston.

Browne presented a paper titled "Microstructural Evaluation of Convex Die Extrudates" at the Die Design and Technology track at ET '04. Last May, she received the Robert E. Davies Award from the Philadelphia Association of Women in Science, which was established to promote the entry and advancement of women in science and engineering.

The ET Foundation Graduate Fellowship funds graduate research in aluminum extrusion technology at the IMF. The second fellowship was recently awarded to Neil Hurley, a current graduate student in materials science and engineering at Lehigh, who earned his B.S. in that field from the university in May.


Posted on Friday, October 01, 2004

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