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The September issue of the ACerS Bulletin is now available online.

This month’s cover story introduces the ACerS 2016 class of awardees—a slate of remarkable individuals whose many and varied accomplishments have been commemorated with a 2016 ACerS award or honor. Congratulations to all the awardees! In 2016, the Society bestowed its highest honor—Distinguished Life Member—to three members: James Houseman, Harry Tuller, and Adrian Wright. Get to know each new DLM, and also meet the 2016 ACerS Fellows in this special section. Did you know ACerS offers a wide variety of other individual and corporate awards, too? See all the awards and all the latest awardees inside this special issue.

The September issue also features a Q&A with James Warren, technical program director of materials genomics at NIST’s Materials Measurements Laboratory. Warren provides us with a glimpse into the Materials Genome Initiative at its five-year point, taking stock in the initiative’s progress so far and its future role in data-driven materials development. Don’t miss the details about the Materials Resource Registry, part of NIST’s efforts to organize and enable access to the wide variety of materials property data out there.

The new issue also includes an article about the development of unique combination furnaces that take innovation to a new level to address special thermal processing needs. Colleen Marren, an applications engineer with Harper International, discusses two unique case studies in which Harper designed innovative furnace systems to solve individual customer needs—no turnkey solutions here.

And there’s also a spark inside the September ACerS Bulletin—spark plasma sintering, that is. Salvatore Grasso, Theo Saunders, Ruth Mckinnon, Elinor Castle, Peter Tatarko, Baoli Du, Francesco Gucci, Min Yu, Harshit Porwal, Ben Milsom, and Mike Reece from the School of Engineering and Material Science and Nanoforce Technology Ltd. at Queen Mary University of London (London, U.K.) provide us with a brief report on their newly developed flash spark plasma sintering process. The technique enables rapid heating and consolidation of materials at larger volumes than are possible with other rapid-sintering techniques, and so it opens interesting new possibilities for thermal processing of advanced materials.

Plus, there’s lots more good stuff inside this—and every issue—of the ACerS Bulletin. The current issue is free to all for a short time, but remember that all the valuable content in over ninety years of past issues of the ACerS Bulletin is free only to members—so considering joining us today!