Materials science students present winning research at conferences

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Zhe Ren and Aaron Washburn, graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, won first- and second-place poster awards at the 29th American Society for Metals (ASM)-Heat Treating Conference in Columbus in October. In addition, PhD student Henry Neilson won a first-place award for his research at the Materials Science and Technology (MS&T) meeting in Pittsburgh that month.

Ren’s first-place poster was on  “Surface Treatment of Co─Cr Alloys by Low-Temperature Nitrocarburization.”
Washburn’s second-place poster was on “Heat Treat Optimization of Inconel 718 Cladded H13 Forging Dies for Enhanced Die Life.”
Ren is a doctoral researcher with Frank Ernst, chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Leonard Case Jr. Professor, while Washburn is working on his master’s degree with Associate Research Professor David Schwam.
Ren and Washburn will receive awards in the amount of $1,000 and $700, respectively, from ASM International.
Neilson, a PhD student working with John Lewandowski, the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Materials Science, won first place in the Material Advantage Graduate Student Poster Competition at the Materials Science and Technology (MS&T) meeting in Pittsburgh in October. His winning poster was entitled “Hot Deformation/Forging and Mechanical Behavior of Third Generation Al-Li Alloy.”