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acers spotlight Fahrenholtz named Curators’ Professor William G. Fahrenholtz, professor of ceramic engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology and a member of ACerS Board of Directors, Fahrenholtz has been named Curators’ Professor of ceramic engineering. The University of Missouri Board of Curators bestows the Curators’ Professor title upon outstanding scholars with established reputations in their field of study. Fahrenholtz tells the Bulletin he is especially honored because the Board of Curators is composed of other distinguished faculty across the University of Missouri system. Fahrenholtz’s recent research has focused on ultra-high-temperature ceramics—materials with melting temperatures above 3,000°C. These ceramics could be employed on hypersonic aerospace vehicles to protect them from the heat generated as they fly through the atmosphere at speeds five times the speed of sound or higher. Fahrenholtz earned bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in ceramic engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of New Mexico. He joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 1999. Fahrenholtz has authored or coauthored more than 95 journal articles and delivered or coauthored more than 200 presentations at international technical conferences. ORNL’s Zinkle elected to National Academy of Engineering The National Academy of Engineering elected Steven J. Zinkle, a senior materials researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to its membership. Membership in the NAE is among engineering’s top professional honors. The academy cites Zinkle’s work “for advancing understanding of radiation damage in metallic and ceramic components.” Zinkle, a UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow Zinkle and chief scientist for the laboratory’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate, researches deformation and fracture mechanisms in structural materials and the radiation effects on ceramic materials and metallic alloys for fusion and fission reactors. Zinkle is the author or coauthor of more than 240 peer-reviewed articles. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Ceramic Society, ASM International, the American Nuclear Society, and The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society. In 2006, the DOE awarded Zinkle its E.O. Lawrence Award for his contributions to the scientific understanding of the effects of radiation on the properties of materials and for identifying performance limits for materials in radiation environments. Zinkle joined ORNL in 1985 as a Eugene Wigner fellow. He led the laboratory’s nuclear materials and science technology group beginning in 2001 and directed ORNL’s Materials Science and Technology Division from 2006 to 2010. He earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in nuclear engineering, as well as a MS in materials science, from the University of Wisconsin. Lewis joins Harvard’s SEAS, Wyss Institute Jennifer A. Lewis was appointed the first Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Lewis is the first senior faculty member to occupy a Wyss-endowed professorial chair. Lewis studies 3D printing and biomimetic materials. Her understanding of the chemistry and physics of soft materials Lewis enables her to design and manipulate various gels, polymers, and colloidal suspensions and create architectures that mimic those found in nature, such as bone, spider webs, or vascular networks. She is interested in applying her 3D platform to printed electronics, scaffolds for tissue engineering, and advanced materials for energy harvesting and storage. Previously, Lewis was the Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she started her career in 1990. She has received numerous honors, including the National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, the Brunauer Award from the Cements Division of The American Ceramic Society, the Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society, and the Materials Research Society Medal. She is a Fellow of ACerS, the American Physical Society, the MRS, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Wachsman wins fuel cell award The University of Maryland’s Eric Wachsman recently won a 2012 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition award. The awards are given annually to those who have demonstrated significant leadership in promoting the overall advancement of fuel cell technology. Wachsman, director of UM’s Energy Research Center, is the William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research with appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the school. He (Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.) 10 www.ceramics.org | American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 2 (Credit: Jennifer A. Lewis.)


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