NRL Scientists Win Marcus A. Grossman Young Author Award

2/15/2002 - 15-02r
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Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, Drs. Richard Fonda and Dr. George Spanos, are recipients of the 2001 Marcus A. Grossman Young Author Award for their paper published in the September 2000 issue of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A. Drs. Fonda and Spanos work in the Physical Metallurgy Branch of NRL's Materials Science and Technology Division. The award was presented at the Annual Awards Dinner of ASM International, last November in Indianapolis. Their paper is entitled, "Microstructural Evolution in Ultra-Low-Carbon Steel Weldments- Part I: Controlled Thermal Cycling and Continuous Cooling Transformation Diagram of the Weld Metal."

The Marcus A. Grossman Young Author Award was established in 1960 in memory of an eminent metallurgist, research director and author, who was President of ASM in 1944, to honor the author (or authors) under 40 years of age whose paper has been selected as the best of those published in a given year in (i.e. for a specific volume of) Metallurgical and Materials Transactions.

Dr. Fonda came to NRL as an ASEE postdoctoral fellow, and was later hired by NRL as a physical metallurgist in 1995 in the Joining and Transformations Section. He is currently studying steel weldments, phase transformations in steels, aluminum friction stir welds, and other alloys of interest to the U.S. Navy. He is the author or co-author of more than 40 publications and more than 40 presentations.

Dr. Spanos is section head of NRL's Joining and Transformations Section. Dr. Spanos is a key reader and has been a member of the joint commission of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, and is a member of TMS and ASM. In 1989 he joined the Physical Metallurgy Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory as a staff scientist. His research interests include the study of the kinetics, thermodynamics, morphological evolution and overall mechanisms of solid-state phase transformations, and investigation of processing-microstructure-property relationships developed during the joining of materials. Dr. Spanos is the author of more than 50 technical publications in these research areas.

Dr. Fonda received a B.S. degree in geology and chemistry from Juniata College in 1983, then went to Cornell University where he received a M.S. in chemistry in 1986. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 1991 from the Materials Science Department at the University of Virginia for his work revealing the important role of crystallography in the cellular precipitation reaction. Dr. Spanos received his B.S., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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