Jane LaGoy presenting award to Xiang Chen

The ASM Central Massachusetts and ASM-Rhode Island Chapters held its annual awards night on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Village Haven Restaurant, Forestdale, RI. In memory of Chester M. Inman, who helped found the Worcester Chapter (now Central MA), this scholarship is presented annually by the Central MA Chapter of ASM International to a regional student in the field of metallurgy or materials science. The award this year was presented to Xiang Chen, a PhD Graduate Student in Materials Science and Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Speaker: Professor Richard Sisson, FASM, ASM International Trustee

Richard D. Sisson, Jr., is the Dean of Graduate Studies, George F. Fuller Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He received the WPI Trustee’s Award as Teacher of the Year in 1987. He was inducted into the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, Academy of Engineering Excellence in 2006 and awarded the inaugural WPI Chairman’s Exemplary Faculty Prize in 2007. His teaching and research have focused on the applications of thermodynamics and kinetics to materials processing and degradation phenomena in metals and ceramics. He has more than 200 publications and more than 150 technical presentations on topics ranging from heat treating and quenching to synthesis of nanocrystalline ceramics to hydrogen embrittlement to environmental issues in materials processing.

Lecture Topic: Lessons from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Disaster

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake off the coast of Japan caused a tsunami that flooded the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station. The sequence of events that led to the fuel rod overheating and containment failures as well as radiation releases will be presented and the causes identified. The lessons learned will also be reviewed.

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