ACerS Awards and Honors

Lavina Backman

By Erica Zimmerman / June 8, 2021

Dr. Backman is a Materials Engineer and Karles Fellow in the Spacecraft Engineering Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. She completed her Ph.D. at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University in Virginia (UVA) in May 2020. Her dissertation focused on the oxidation behavior of high entropy…

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William E. Lee

By Erica Zimmerman / June 7, 2021

William E. Lee is Sêr Cymru Professor of Materials at Bangor University in Wales and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Materials and Distinguished Research Fellow in the Institute of Security Science and Technology, Imperial College London. He has a BSc in Physical Metallurgy from Aston (1980) and a DPhil in Radiation Damage in Sapphire…

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Amitabha Kumar

By Erica Zimmerman / June 7, 2021

Dr. Amitabha Kumar is Vice President, Innovation and R&D at Boral IP Holdings LLC, San Antonio, Texas. He received a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from IT, Banaras Hindu University in 1978 and M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Solid State Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and 1985 respectively with Prof. (Dr.) Della M. Roy.…

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Shibin Jiang

By Erica Zimmerman / June 7, 2021

Dr. Shibin Jiang is founder and President of AdValue Photonics Inc. in Tucson, Arizona, and Adjunct Research Professor at College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona. He received Ph.D. degree in chemistry in 1996 from Universite de Rennes 1, France. He was Co-founder and CTO of NP Photonics Inc before founding AdValue Photonics in 2008.…

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Arvind Agarwal

By Erica Zimmerman / June 4, 2021

Dr. Arvind Agarwal is a Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Florida International University (FIU), Miami. He also serves as the Director of the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute (AMERI). Prof. Agarwal obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in Materials and…

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Clive A. Randall

By Erica Zimmerman / June 4, 2021

Clive A. Randall is a Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and has served as Director of Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University since 2015. Prof. Randall received a B.Sc. in Physics in 1983 from the University of East Anglia, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from the University of Essex in…

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Setsuhisa Tanabe

By Erica Zimmerman / June 3, 2021

Setsuhisa Tanabe is a Professor of Material Chemistry at Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan.  He received his PhD in 1993 at Department of Industrial Chemistry, Kyoto University, where he earned B.S. and M.S degrees also.  After working as an assistant professor, he became an Associate Professor in 2001 and was…

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Tsuyoshi Honma

By Erica Zimmerman / June 2, 2021

Tsuyoshi Honma is an associate professor in materials science and technology at the Nagaoka University of Technology in Niigata, Japan. He received his Ph.D. (2004) in energy and environment science from Nagaoka University of Technology. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined as a researcher at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation from 2004 to 2005. He worked as…

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Yanhui Chu

By Erica Zimmerman / June 2, 2021

Yanhui Chu is currently a professor in School of Materials Science and Engineering at South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. He received his B.S. degree in materials physics at University of Jinan in China in 2009, followed by his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science at Northwestern Polytechnical University in China in 2011…

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Tatsuki Ohji

By Erica Zimmerman / June 2, 2021

Tatsuki Ohji is a Fellow of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan, and President 2019-2020 of The American Ceramic Society.  BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Nagoya Institute of Technology and Ph. D. in inorganic materials engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, he has authored or coauthored more than 350…

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