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SwRI scientist elected Fellow of ASME
San Antonio -- April 30, 2004 -- Dr. Kwai S. Chan, an Institute scientist in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International.
The Fellow grade of membership is conferred upon an ASME member with at least 10 years of active engineering practice and recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Chan was cited for his contributions to the development of physics-based material degradation models for predicting the useful lives of structural alloys and high-temperature coatings in various engineering applications.
Chan came to SwRI in 1982 following post-doctoral research at Stanford University. A specialist in the mechanical behavior of materials, his current research interests are flow and fracture, micromechanical modeling of material behavior and development of life-prediction methodologies.
Much of his research for the last 15 years has concerned degradation mechanisms in high-temperature alloys such as Nb-based, in-situ compositions, TiAl aluminide, metallics and thermal barrier coatings.
Chan has received a number of awards for technical papers. In 2002, he received the Henry Marion Howe Medal from ASM (American Society for Metals) International and in 2001, the Champion H. Mathewson Medal from TMS (The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society).
Also, he is the 1991 recipient of the Alfred Noble Prize presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and has been honored three times as a young author, receiving the ASM Marcus A. Grossman Young Author Award in 1986 and 1994, and the Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award in 1990 from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers.
The author of more than 190 papers, Chan earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University. He is a Fellow of ASM International and a member of TMS, American Society for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi and Alpha Sigma Mu.
For more information, contact Deborah S. Deffenbaugh, Communications Department, (210) 522-2046, Southwest Research Institute, PO Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510.