Dr. Ashraf Imam Receives George Kimbell Burgess Award

4/22/2003 - 29-03r
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Dr. Ashraf Imam, a scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory, has received the 2003 George Kimbell Burgess Award. This award is given by the Washington, DC, chapter of the American Society for Materials (ASM-International). The award was presented by Dr. B. B. Rath, Associate Director of Research, NRL, and Eric Jensen, chairman of the Awards Committee, at a banquet ceremony held on March 11.

The George Kimball Burgess Memorial Award was established in 1941 by the Washington DC Chapter of the American Society for Metals as a tribute to Dr. Burgess in appreciation of his outstanding contributions to the science of metallurgy. The Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in research or administration to a member of the ASM Washington DC Chapter who has made original contributions in the field of metallurgy, materials, or mechanics or who demonstrates outstanding leadership in those fields within the 5 year period prior to the award. The Burgess Award is the highest award for scientific achievement given by the DC Chapter.

Dr. Imam came to NRL in 1984. He is a member of the senior research staff in the Materials Science and Technology Division. Dr. Imam serves as a team leader in pursuing basic research on material structure-property relationship with emphasis on titanium alloy development, kinetics of transformation in solid phase, small-angle neutron scattering, acousitc damping, Ni-base superalloy, Al-Li alloy, titanium aluminide and microalloying of steel. He has published over 175 papers, has edited several books and holds seven patents.

In addition to his work at NRL, Dr. Imam also holds the position of adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington DC where he teaches materials-related subjects in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Before coming to NRL he worked as a senior scientist for Geo-Centers, Inc.

Dr. Imam received his bachelor of engineering degree from the Regional Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, India, in 1965; his master of science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1972; and his doctor of science from The George Washington University in 1978. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Metals, International. Dr. Imam holds membership in the American Society for Metals; The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS); and Sigma Xi.

Dr. Imam has been an active member of ASM since 1972. He has served as a member of a number of planning and programming committees of ASM-International and TMS including Chairman of the Mechanical Behavior Committee and Physical Metallurgy committee of TMS. He has also served as US representative for Pacific Rim Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing in 1998 and was recently elected as Chairman of the Titanium Committee and Co-organizer of International Conference on " Titanium - Science and Technology".

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