WPI's Chrysanthe Demetry Receives Young Teacher's Award from ASM International

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Chrysanthe Demetry, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers from ASM International, the materials information society.

In receiving the ASM award, she was cited for exceptional pedagogy as applied to materials education and the ability to motivate students and engender interest in materials science. Demetry lives in Worcester and is the daughter of Jim Demetry of Holden, Mass., and the late Sally Demetry.

At WPI, Demetry helped to establish the Camp REACH program, which brings approximately 30 girls from Worcester and surrounding towns to study at the university each summer. The experience broadens the horizons of these youngsters and aims to increase the relatively low numbers of females who pursue these fields as a career.

Her earlier honors include the 1997 ASEE New England Section Teacher of the Year and the prestigious 1995 National Science Foundation CAREER awards. Since 1995, she has held the Norton Professorship at WPI, an academic/business connection that combines research work at Saint Gobain/Norton Co. of Worcester with teaching, research, advising and other work at WPI. She currently is advising student project teams in Bangkok, Thailand.

She earned a 1993 Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a 1988 B.S. in mechanical engineering at WPI. She is a member of professional societies including Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society, Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society and Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society.

ASM established Demetry's award, which includes a gift of $3,000, in memory of Bradley Stoughton, an outstanding young teacher of metallurgy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University, who later in his career became dean of engineering at Lehigh University. Stoughton also served as president of ASM, a professional society serving more than 40,000 members worldwide.

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world. For more information and a downloadable photo, go to http://me.wpi.edu/Demetry.htm.