Each year one Case School of Engineering Student is selected to receive the Stanley E. Wertheim Prize for an outstanding junior who has demonstrated leadership skills through involvement in campus or co-op activities. This year MSE junior Bhavana Swaminathan received this honor. Bhav is the Vice-President of the Undergraduate Materials Society and an active member of both her sorority, Alpha Phi, and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). During her time in the department, she has carried out undergraduate research in three separate labs. She completed one cooperative engineering experience at the Eaton Corporation where she worked as a materials engineer, and will begin a second co-op with the Boeing Company this summer.
Matthew Willard, associate professor of materials science and engineering, was selected as one of four 2015 Brimacombe Medalists for his achievements in materials science and engineering by the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). He was selected for this honor from the nearly 10,000 professional and student members consisting of metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators and administrators from more than 70 countries on six continents.
Brimacombe Medalist Awards have recognized professionals in the middle portions of their careers since 2012. The society-level award is presented to individuals with sustained excellence and achievement in business, technology, education, public policy or science related to materials science and engineering.The society specifically recognized Willard “for sustained excellence in the fields of physical metallurgy and magnetic materials, reviving the TMS Magnetic Materials Committee, and an outstanding record of continuing service.” He will be honored at the organization’s annual awards ceremony in March.
As part of Willard’s service to TMS, he has chaired the Magnetic Materials Committee (2009-12), advised content for the Journal of Metals (2012-13) in the area of magnetic materials, co-organized Symposia (2009-2015), and is serving his second term as member-at-large on the Materials and Society Committee (2012-18). He has also been on the board of review for the TMS affiliated Metallurgical and Materials Transactions since 2005, including a three-year appointment to the journal’s joint commission.
James McGuffin-Cawley, chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been re-elected to the executive committee of America Makes, a federal initiative to develop advanced manufacturing techniques in the United States. Case Western Reserve University was among the institutions at the head of America Makes when it was launched as the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in 2012, with McGuffin-Cawley leading the university’s efforts in manufacturing innovation.
Janet Gbur, a fourth year PhD student, placed first in the Student Presentation Competition sponsored by the ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture held during ASTM Committee Week in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 12th. The event was open to graduate and undergraduate students working in the area of fatigue and fracture mechanics. Her talk, "Review: Fatigue and Fracture of Wires/Strands/Cables in Biomedical Applications," was the result of a three-year effort with advisor, Professor John Lewandowski, collecting fatigue data for wire-based systems used in biomedical devices. Janet is an active member of E08 and Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing and was a recipient of the 2012 ASTM International Project Grant for her work on "Mechanical Characterization of 316 LVM Wires."
Matthew Willard, associate professor of materials science and engineering, has been made a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Senior member is the highest professional grade of the IEEE for which a member can apply, and it is a distinction only 7 percent of the organization’s 431,000 members have achieved.
Willard’s research focuses on materials design and the study of processing, structure and performance of magnetic materials.