Thomas Bieler Honored with Two Awards from TMS

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November 16, 2012

Thomas BielerThomas R. Bieler, professor of chemical engineering and materials science, has been honored with two awards from TMS (The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division (MPMD). He is the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award as well as the Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award. The awards will be presented in March 2013 at the TMS Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The Distinguished Scientist Award recognizes an individual who has made a long-lasting contribution to design, syntheses, processing, and performance of engineering materials with significant industrial applications. Bieler was nominated for this award by S. Lee Semiatin, a research leader with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual whose dedication and commitment to TMS-MPMD has made a demonstrable difference to the objectives and capabilities of the division and the society. He was nominated for this award by James W. Sears, director of additive manufacturing at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and executive director of the Quad Cities Manufacturing Laboratory, and by James C. Foley, the research and development manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Bieler's research focuses on mechanical deformation of metallic materials, texture and microtexture damage nucleation, and crystal plasticity finite element simulations of deformation in titanium alloys, solders, intermetallics, and refractory metals. He came to MSU in 1989 after earning his PhD in materials science at the University of California, Davis. Prior to his doctorate work, Bieler worked in the Experimental Mechanics Division at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif.

His recent research on lead-free solder joints that has used synchrotron x-ray sources at the Advance Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory will be highlighted in the next APS annual report.

Bieler was also recently appointed the section editor for the Journal of Electronic Materials, and serves as a key reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A.

Bieler is primarily active in TMS, but is also a member of the Materials Information Society International, the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and an intermittent member of Materials Research Society (MRS).