Aug. 16, 2016 — Dr. Kathryn A. Dannemann, a principal engineer in Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI) Mechanical Engineering Division, has been selected to the 2016 class of ASM International Fellows. ASM International, founded in 1913 as the American Society for Metals, is the world’s largest association of metals-centric materials scientists and engineers with approximately 25,000 members worldwide.
The honor is bestowed on ASM members “in recognition of their distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering.” Dannemann and other 2016 Fellows will be formally recognized at the ASM International annual awards dinner Oct. 25 in Salt Lake City.
“We are very proud of Kathryn’s contributions to translate scientific knowledge about materials into technological applications,” said Danny Deffenbaugh, vice president of SwRI’s Mechanical Engineering Division. “Most recently her focus has been on applications primarily related to the survivability of our soldiers in terms of ballistic armor and vehicle blast protection.”
Dannemann, who joined the SwRI staff in 1996, has more than 30 years of experience in materials engineering with expertise in the mechanical behavior of materials in extreme environments (temperature, strain rate) and the interactive effects of microstructure and processing on materials performance. For the past several years, her work has focused on the dynamic behavior of materials for a variety of military, defense, and space-related applications.
She has a long association with ASM International and currently serves as a trustee. She is a member of the ASM International Materials Reviews Committee and the Materials Properties Database Committee, and is education chair for the Alamo Chapter of ASM International.
In addition to ASM, she is president-elect of the Society for Experimental Mechanics and chair of its Technical Activities Council; an associate technical editor of the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials; and a member of the Society of Women Engineers, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Alpha Sigma Mu.
Dannemann holds a doctorate in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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