ACerS member Jeffrey Wadsworth has just been named the winner of the National Materials Achievement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies (of which, ACerS is a member).

Wadsworth, president and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute, will receive the award in formal ceremonies at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Dec. 9, 2009.

But, ceramists and others in the materials science community will get a chance to hear Wadsworth next Monday (Oct. 26) when he delivers the keynote address at the opening session at MS&T’09 taking place in Pittsburgh, Pa. His presentation is titled, “Forging the Solution to the Energy Challenge: The Role of Materials Science and Materials Scientists.”

Besides being an expert in superplasticity in materials, Wadsworth has long been a major player in national science and technology policy, particularly in how materials science and engineering can further national goals, particularly in energy, defense and security, and workforce development for the 21st century.

Under Wadsworth, Battelle has continued to be a leading research and development organization with a $5 billion R&D portfolio and a workforce of 21,000. Before joining Battelle, Wadsworth managed a number of federal labs and programs including a stint as the director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and deputy director for science and technology at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Wadsworth also worked as department manager at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company. He has also taught at Stanford University, the University of California Davis, University of Tennessee and The Ohio State University.

Wadsworth has been the author or co-author of nearly 300 peer reviewed scientific articles. He holds four patents and has authored one book, Superplasticity in Metals and Ceramics. He is an active member of the National Academy of Engineering and also serves the National Competitiveness Council. Besides ACerS, his professional memberships include TMS, ASM International, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Materials Research Society.

Besides ACerS, FMS members include the American Association for Crystal Growth, American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, American Welding Society, ASM International, The Electrochemical Society and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.