Professor Gregory Olson, ASM Governor

Greg Olson is Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. He directs the Materials Technology Laboratory/Steel Research Group, and is a founder of QuesTek Innovations LLC, a materials design company that was selected for Fortune magazine’s list of the 25 breakthrough companies of 2005. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of ASM and TMS-AIME. He has authored more than 250 publications. He received a BS and MS in 1970 and ScD in 1974 in materials science from MIT and remained there in a series of senior research positions before joining the faculty of Northwestern in 1988. Beyond materials design, his research interests include phase transformations, structure/property relations, and applications of high resolution microanalysis. Recent awards include the ASM Campbell Memorial Lectureship, the TMS-SMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, the Cambridge University Kelly Lectureship, and the ASM Gold Medal.