The ASM Worcester Chapter held its annual awards night on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Dino's Ristorante, 13 Lord St. in Worcester. The award this year was awarded to Andrew Biro, a Graduate Student in Materials Science and Engineering.

Speaker: Dr. David Furrer, FASM, Sr. Fellow Discipline Lead in Materials & Process Engineering, Pratt &Whitney

David is a specialist in computer modeling and simulation of engineering materials and manufacturing processes and is particularly interested in the integration of microstructure and mechanical property modeling into manufacturing simulation to support the design process.  Prior to joining P&W in late 2010, worked at Rolls Royce and Ladish, encompassing 20+ years experience in aerospace materials and forging manufacture in addition to modeling.  He received his M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from U. of Wisconsin and Doctorate of Engineering from Universtat Ulm, Germany.  He is a member of the National Academies of Sciences National Materials Advisory Board and has been an ASM member since 1988, including the AeroMat organizing, AM&P editorial and Handbook committees, and is past Chair of the Milwaukee Chapter. 

Lecture Topic: Materials and Process Modeling

Computer-based modeling and simulation of manufacturing processes has become a near-standard part of current industrial design methods. Forged and cast components are being designed for end system application and manufacturability through simulation tools. Process models provide critical information about materials’ thermomechanical history which can then be linked to microstructure evolution and mechanical property models to provide location-specific predictions of component behavior

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