Acta Materialia Hollomon Materials & Society
The Acta Materialia, Inc. Hollomon Award for Materials & Society recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the understanding of the relations and the interactions between materials technology and societal interests/needs or contributions to materials technology that have had major impact on society.
With this distinction Acta Materialia, Inc. not only intends to honor outstanding persons but also to improve the awareness of the fundamental importance and diversity of materials research, both within the community and the public at large.
The Hollomon Award for Materials & Society consists of a glass sculpture, an inscribed certificate, and a cash prize of US$10,000.
Candidates for this award may be proposed by Sponsoring or Cooperating Societies of Acta Materialia, Inc., by members of the Board of Governors, and by the Editors of Acta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, and Scripta Materialia Journals. In addition, the Sponsoring Societies’ annual Materials and Society Lecturer will be an automatic nominee.
The nomination package should contain
- Curriculum vitae
- Statement by the nominator specifying the candidate’s suitability for the award**
- Letters of support from up to three established scientists
- Citation of not more than 30 words
**Please emphasize the nominee’s impact on their research field, rather than the metrics on their publications.
Nominations remain in effect for three years unless withdrawn or re-endorsed, with additional justification, for an additional two-year period. Current members of the Acta Materialia Board of Governors and of the Award Selection Committee are not eligible.
The Award Selection Committee is formed of five judges, themselves distinguished materials scientists.
The Acta Materialia, Inc. Hollomon Award for Materials & Society is awarded each year, unless the judges feel no candidate is qualified. The presentation is made at a venue approved by the Acta Materialia Executive Committee. The Award will not be bestowed in absentia except in extraordinary circumstances.
Nominations should be submitted to the Executive Secretary (Prof. Carolyn Hansson, firstname.lastname@example.org), as a single file document preferably in PDF or Word format.
Acta Materialia Hollomon Materials & Society Award Recipients
The recipient of the 2018 Acta Materialia Inc. Hollomon Award for Materials and Society is Dr. Julie Christodoulou, Director of the Naval Materials Division in the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Virginia.
Her role is to drive foundational research in the physical sciences, materials and processing, and environmental quality; and enhanced performance, affordability and reliability derived from this research to the men and women on the “Watch”. Specifically, Dr. Christodoulou guides materials research and development from the atomic and molecular level to engineered materials systems and platforms; technologies to ensure environmental quality; and early device concepts for power and energy applications. A unifying theme to the body of work is the development and integration of computational and experimental tools and the protocols to quantify chemical and physical phenomena, accelerate materials implementation, and predict component-level performance.
Complementing this, she is active in national and international initiatives, including the Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness, serving on the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee; and the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, by establishing and guiding one of the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes focused on metals for reduced system weight. Dr. Christodoulou is a leader of the Department of Defense-wide Community of Interest for Materials and Manufacturing Processes and the US lead to the Materials Group of The Technical Collaboration Program, an international collaborative body for defense research and engineering programs.
Dr. Christodoulou holds a BS in metallurgical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, an MS in materials science and engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in materials science at Imperial College, London. Prior to her current position, she has served as a Materials Researcher for Martin Marietta Laboratories and the Naval Research Lab, focusing on the processing-structure-performance relationships of intermetallics and piezoelectric ceramics, and environmental degradation of structural materials, respectively. She has served as an Associate Director for high-temperature materials at the London International Field office of ONR (now ONR Global) and as an ONR Program Officer for structural metals. Active in the technical community, she has been recognized with the 2013 Leadership Award by TMS, is an ASM Fellow, and has been honored to present the Materials and Society plenary lecture at MS&T 2016. She is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service (2015). The Acta Materialia Hollomon Award will be presented In February 2018 at the TMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Warren Poole, Professor and Department Head, and Rio Tinto Aluminium Chair in Materials Process Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Canada is the recipient of the 2017 Acta Materialia Hollomon Award for Materials & Society. Dr. Poole’s research into the properties of lightweight metals has led him to create safe, mass-producible alloy automobile parts that could reduce fuel use and greenhouse gases emitted by vehicles in Canada by 40 percent by 2025. He holds a leading position in the field of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), is a member of multiple international conference committees and advisory boards, has facilitated industry-academy partnerships in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, and continues to teach, advise, and develop curricula for both undergraduates and graduate students.
Dr. Poole and his team have created breakthrough automotive lightweighting opportunities by developing a process to warm form complex vehicle components from the magnesium ZEK100 alloy. Since 1995, he has been one of lightweighting’s most avid proponents around the world. He has presented at close to 60 conferences, won 15 awards including the 2013 Canadian Materials Physics Award and best paper published by the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials publication Materials Transactions in 2014, and been instrumental in research endeavours with a total funding of close to $27 million. Twenty-five percent of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions derive from automobiles, and they are the world’s sixth-leading cause of death. Public transit, car sharing, and alternative fuels are only part of the GHG and safety solutions. Their necessary counterpart is the reduction of overall vehicle weight. Every 10 percent weight reduction yields a six-to-eight percent increase in fuel economy. Because magnesium is 80 percent less dense than traditional steel, breakthroughs in both materials and methods of manufacture could reduce a vehicle’s weight by up to 60 percent, making traditional petroleum-burning vehicles vastly more efficient and rendering alternative fuels more effective and commercially viable.
Born in 1964 in London, Ontario, Canada, Warren James Poole spent his teenage years obsessed with cars. But he never imagined they would figure in his career. He earned his BSc from the University of Western Ontario (1987), worked as a research engineer at Dofasco Inc. for two years and then obtained his PhD from McMaster University (1993); both degrees were in Materials Engineering. In 1995, just a year into Dr. Poole’s Assistant Professorship with UBC Applied Science, Alcan International invited him to work on the development of “6000” series aluminum alloys for automotive applications.
The venture was an early signal of his success in strengthening partnership and knowledge-sharing between the academy and industry. Whether by transferring process model software to relevant companies or collaborating with automotive R&D specialists across North America, Dr. Poole has made it a priority to strengthen the academyindustry relationship and to ensure that the benefits of his team’s work reach the public. Since then, Dr. Poole has focused on the primary metals of automotive construction— steel, aluminum, and magnesium—with the aim of increasing our understanding of the microstructural properties of metal alloys in response to thermal processing, including precipitation hardening, plasticity and deformation, heterogeneous microstructures, and the microstructures of advanced steels in automobiles. His research involved experiments at the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center and Canadian Centre for Neutron Scattering in Chalk River, and earned him a Killam Research Fellowship in 2005.
In 2006, Dr. Poole turned his attention to magnesium, the lowest-density structural metal and yet the least understood. General Motors approached him, keen to know magnesium’s viability for automotive construction. Concurrently, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) was reinvigorating its strategic research program. Under the name MagNET—Magnesium Research Network—Dr. Poole’s international team garnered over $6 million in funding as well as the support of GM and Magna International (one of North America’s largest supplier of parts and components to the automotive sector). Between 2009 and 2014, six industrial partners and 18 researchers at five universities worked under Dr. Poole’s leadership to define the material properties of magnesium from the atomic level to the fabrication of a full-scale door inner to determine the viability of lightweight magnesium and Mg-alloy replacements for steel in personal automobiles.
In the face of considerable professional skepticism—he was told it could not be done— Dr. Poole and his team produced a door inner from a magnesium alloy sheet in under 10 seconds at temperatures below 250 o C, using a process that was reproducible and commercially viable. In 2013, MagNET and its industry partners announced the production of the commercial prototype door inner using a warm forming technology. The project earned the 2014 International Magnesium Association’s Award of Excellence (Process Division). Now, Dr. Poole’s vision for a “digital factory” could raise the quality and safety of these materials, increase productivity, and reduce costs—this field’s greatest challenges—so that large-scale production is efficient and the end product affordable.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Poole has inspired over 750 undergraduate and more than 35 graduate students to work on problems that matter to the world. They are now researchers with ArcelorMittal, Novelis, and Tesla; agents for the Department of National Defense and Natural Resources Canada; and academics at École des Mines, Paris, the University of Grenoble, and the University of Waterloo. He continues to teach and to create new courses for the greatest knowledge mobilization force of all: his students. The Acta Materialia, Inc. Hollomon Award in Materials & Society was established in memory of Dr. J. Herbert Hollomon and his dedication to promoting positive social consequences of science and technology that have had a major impact on society. The Award consists of a glass sculpture, an inscribed certificate and a cash honorarium.
Dr. Poole was selected as the 2017 awardee by an international panel of judges appointed by the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. and will receive the prestigious award in March 2017 during the TMS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.
The recipient of the 2016 Acta Materialia Inc. Hollomon Award for Materials & Society is Dr. Julie Schoenung of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Schoenung received her B.S, in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Engineering from MIT. Since then she has been in California, first at California State Polytechnic University, 1989-2001 and then, after a year at the University of California at Irvine, she moved to the UC Davis campus until 2015, when she moved back to UC Irvine.
Dr. Schoenung’s research activities have emphasized advanced structural materials and green engineering. In the former field, she and her students have developed the cryomilling process to improve the oxidation behavior of thermal barrier coatings, and to produce boron carbide reinforced aluminum nanocomposites with extremely high strength and tolerance to high strain rate deformation. More recently, this group has produced room temperature plasticity in dense, nano-grained ceramics created by high pressure spark plasma sintering. Dr. Schoenung’s other significant activities have been in “green engineering” – to develop processes that use less-toxic chemicals, require less energy and produce less pollution. She and her colleagues have helped define opportunities for product designers, materials scientists, and manufacturers to use alternative assessment methods and materials life cycle analysis for “sustainable design-forthe environment strategies”. She has focused particularly on the electronic-waste problem, for example by studying environmentally designed electronics and pollution prevention in printed wiring board manufacturing. Dr. Schoenung serves on the Green Ribbon Science Panel of the California Environmental Protection Agency for Toxic Substance Control and is an advisor to the Alternative Materials Assessment Project. She is a member of the “Environmentally Conscious Electronics Roadmap Development Team” of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative and a member of the ”Chemical Hazard Assessment Workgroup” and the “Sustainable Materials Workgroup, both of Biz NGO. Dr. Schoenung is a Fellow of ASM and of the Max Planck Institute and the recipient of several awards, including the Chime Bell Award from the Hubel Province, China.
The recipient of the 2015 Acta Materialia Inc. Hollomon Materials & Society Award is Dr. Tresa M. Pollock, the Alcoa Professor of Materials at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Pollock specializes in the mechanical and environmental performance of materials in extreme environments, unique high temperature materials processing paths, ultrafast laser-material interactions, alloy and coating design and 3-D materials science for prediction of the properties of structural and functional materials. She has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) since 2005 and has served in a number of leadership positions in professional societies, government and academia.
Dr. Pollock, whose career has spanned from industry to academia, was employed at General Electric Aviation and Allison Gas Turbine (now Rolls Royce) during the 1980’s, involved in research and development on high temperature alloys and coatings. She was a co-inventor of the GE single crystal turbine airfoil alloy, René N6. Pollock served as the L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professor of Materials at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor from 2000 – 2009 and the Alcoa Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where she progressed from Assistant to Associate to Full Professor from 1991 – 1999. Born in Springfield, Ohio, Dr. Pollock received an undergraduate degree from Purdue University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989.
With over 250 peer reviewed scientific publications, her recent research has focused on thermal barrier coating systems, a new class of intermetallic-containing high temperature cobalt-base alloys, materials for hypersonic flight, lightweight materials and structures, new growth processes for nickel- and cobalt-base alloy single crystals and femtosecond laser – material interactions. Her research group has recently developed a unique femtosecond laser-aided 3-D tomography technique which uses ultrashort laser pulses to ablate material layer-by-layer, permitting acquisition of mesoscale 3D multimodal datasets with nanometerscale resolution and unprecedented speed. Dr. Pollock has served on the advisory committees for the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation and the Los Alamos Institutes. She is also the recipient of the 2014 ASM Gold Medal and is a Fellow of TMS and ASM.
Professor Pollock chaired the 2008 NAE Study on Integrated Computational Engineering (ICME), which significantly contributed to the development of the White House Materials Genome Initiative and the development of a broad set of US Federal research programs that aim to develop computational, experimental and data/informatics tools that permit new materials to be developed twice as fast at a fraction of the cost, compared to what is currently possible. She delivered the Keynote Lecture at the 1st World Congress on International Computational Materials Engineering (2011) and served on the International Advisory Committee for the 2nd World Congress (2013). She was also co-organizer of the Materials Genome Grand Challenges Summit (2013) and the 2nd International Congress on 3D Materials Science (2014Professor Pollock has provided leadership in the development of early career professionals in Materials Science and on improving diversity in the engineering profession. As Vice President and President of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (2004 – 2005), she developed new programs for early career professionals and junior faculty in Materials. The NSF International Center for Materials Research (ICMR), directed by Pollock since 2010, provides support for students, postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty to engage in international research exchanges and to develop international collaborations through workshops and summer schools. From 2006 – 2009 she served as lead organizer of the NAE US – German Frontiers of Engineering meetings, that bring together emerging academic, industrial and government engineering leaders from each country for exchanges of leading-edge engineering research and to facilitate international collaborations. Dr. Pollock also served on the Advisory Board and was an active participant in the NSF-Advance program at the University of Michigan (2001 – 2006), which developed programs and initiatives on recruiting, retention and leadership for women faculty in science and engineering. Most recently she served as an advisory organizer of the 2014 TMS Summit on Diversity in the Minerals, Metals and Materials Professions, held at the National Academy of Science.
The Acta Materialia, Inc. Hollomon Award in Materials and Society was established in memory of Dr. J. Herbert Hollomon and his dedication to promoting positive social consequences of science and technology that have had a major impact on society. The Award consists of a glass sculpture, an inscribed certificate and a cash honorarium.
Dr. Pollock was selected as the 2015 awardee by an international panel of judges appointed by the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. and will receive this prestigious award in March 2015 during the TMS Annual meeting in Orlando, FL.
Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr.
Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr.
The winner of the 2014 Acta Materialia Hollomon Materials & Society Award is Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr., of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University. He is also a Senior Metallurgist at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory and Chief Scientist of DOE’s newest Energy Innovation Hub – the Critical Materials Institute. Karl has been working on rare earths since his graduate student days when he started working with his mentor Distinguished Professor Frank H. Spedding, known as the “father of rare earths,” and Dr. Adrian H. Daane in 1952 when he started preparing high purity rare earth metals and studied the rare earth carbides. After graduation from Iowa State University he joined the plutonium physical metallurgy group at the Los Alamost National Laboratory, and, in addition to working on delta-stabilized plutonium (δ-Pu) alloys, he studied the temperature-pressure phase diagram of cerium.
The winner of the 2013 Acta Materialia Inc. Materials & Society Award (formerly the J. Herbert Hollomon Award) is Dr. Jeffrey Wadsworth, President and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute since January 2009.
Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, executing about $6.5B of work annually and employing about 24,500 people. Formed in 1925 as a charitable trust and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, its principal businesses today are fee-for-service contract research, laboratory operations, and commercial ventures, executing more than 5,000 projects for some 1,500 industrial and government clients throughout the world.
Jeff formerly led Battelle’s Global Laboratory Operations business overseeing six major laboratories for the Department of Energy, one for the Department of Homeland Security, and one for the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. He also led the expansion of Battelle’s operations into China, Japan, Korea, and India and the development of partnerships with the private sector in those nations.
Jeff was educated at Sheffield University in England, where he studied metallurgy, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1972 and a Ph.D. in 1975. He was awarded a Doctor of Metallurgy degree in 1991 for his published work and received the highest recognition conferred by the university, an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree, in 2004. Jeff came to the United States in 1976 and has worked at Stanford University, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2002, he joined Battelle and served as a member of the White House Transition Planning Office for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. From 2003 to June 2007, Jeff was director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest multipurpose science laboratory.
Jeff has authored or co-authored nearly 300 scientific papers and 1 book, and he has been granted 4 U.S. patents. His many honors and awards include five honorary doctorates, two honorary professorships from Chinese universities, and election to the rank of Fellow of ASM, TMS, and AAAS. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2005 and the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2012.
He has been a consulting or adjunct professor at Stanford, the University of California, the University of Tennessee, and The Ohio State University. His technical contributions are recognized internationally in the fields of superplasticity of metals and ceramics, refractory metals, high temperature materials, Damascus and other ancient steels, carbon dating of ancient steels, and for leadership in national defense and science programs.
His recent awards include ASM International’s 2011 Medal for the Advancement of Research, the 2010 Navigator Award from the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, the 2010 Friendship Award of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs for contributions and dedication to China’s economic construction and social development, the 2009 National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies, the 2009 ASM/TMS Distinguished Lectureship in Materials & Society, and the 2009 Globe and Anchor Award from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
As a board member of Achieve, Inc. and the Business Higher Education Forum, Jeff is helping to lead national efforts to enhance science, technology, engineering and math education. He is also strengthening education and the economy in Central Ohio through his engagement with a number of local civic and community organizations. In 2010 Ohio Governor Strickland asked him to become a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University. From 2009-2010 he was the inaugural chair of the Ohio State University Medical Center Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Carpenter Technology Corporation, Wyomissing, PA.
The Acta Materialia, Inc. Award in Materials and Society was established in memory of Dr. J. Herbert Hollomon and his dedication to promoting positive social consequences of science and technology that have had a major impact on society. The Award consists of a glass sculpture, an inscribed certificate, and a cash honorarium.
Dr. Wadsworth was selected as the 2013 awardee by an international panel of judges appointed by the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. and will receive this prestigious award in March 2013 during the TMS Spring meeting in San Antonio, TX.
Alton D. Romig, Jr.
Mary L. Good
(No award made)