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Ramasubramaniam Wins Young Leader Award

Assistant Professor Ashwin Ramasubramaniam of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has been chosen by the Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (TMS) as one of two recipients for the 2012 TMS EMPMD Young Leader Professional Development Award. His nomination was recently approved by the TMS Electronic, Magnetic, & Photonic Materials Division Award Committee. The award was created to enhance the professional development of dynamic young people from the society’s five technical divisions by helping them participate in TMS activities, become better acquainted, make important contacts with TMS leaders, and network with prominent members of the society.

As the TMS announcement letter to Dr. Ramasubramaniam said, “We look to this as an exciting opportunity to acquaint you with the business of your technical division while enhancing your professional growth.”

Ramasubramaniam is head of the Computational Nanomaterials Laboratory, which uses computational methods to probe materials at length scales ranging from the nano- to macroscale. His primary tools are density functional theory, empirical potential methods, and continuum mechanics-based models.

Among other benefits of the award are TMS membership for the year and sponsorship to attend two TMS conferences: The TMS 2012 Annual Meeting and the 2012 Materials Science & Technology conference. Benefits also include complimentary registration to the two conferences, hotel accommodations for up to five nights for each of the two conferences, and a $500 travel allowance per conference.

Formal presentation of the award is being made on Monday, January 9, in Orlando, Florida, during the 141st TMS Annual Meeting.

Headquartered in the United States but international in both its membership and activities, the TMS encompasses the entire range of materials and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. The society consists largely of scientists and engineers working in industry, academia, and government, as well as students studying in the materials field. Included among its nearly 10,000 professional and student members are metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators, and administrators from more than 70 countries on six continents. (January 2012)