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Medal of Excellence

 

History of the Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials

The Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials was established in 1984 in conjunction with the Decennial Celebration of the Center for Composite Materials of the University of Delaware. The medal is to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of composite materials. The medal carries the names and likenesses of the four initial recipients of the award: Dr. Zvi Hashin, Dr. Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Dr. Anthony Kelly, and Dr. Stephen W. Tsai.

Criteria for the award of the Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials include significant contributions to the field of composite materials through leadership, scholarly endeavor, invention and/or economic enterprise over a sustained period of years. Nominations for future award recipients are received by the Honors Committee of the Center for Composite Materials for final selection. The design and striking of the medal was sponsored through generous grants from E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc. and Toray Industries (America) Inc.

Designed by Charles Parks, a local sculptor of international reputation, the medal is a three-inch diameter bronze casting bearing the likenesses of the four initial winners. Parks’ artistic expertise is evident in the design he has developed for the Center for Composite Materials. The front features front facing relief portraits of the initial recipients that are suspended in front of a central square formed by the winners’ last names. The names are surrounded by a square, multi-textured border representing the variety of materials that are studied in the field of composites. The resulting pattern of squares recedes into the center of the medal, emphasizing the portraits with their fine detail and serving to project them beyond the metal surface. The reverse carries the seal of the University of Delaware with a blank scroll beneath it, inscribed with the name of the recipient.

Honors Committee

       
Tsu-Wei Chou
Unidel Pierre S. du Pont 
Chair of Engineering
302-831-1550
chou@udel.edu
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    Suresh G. Advani
Associate Director,
Center for Composite Materials
302-831-1674
advani@udel.edu
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    John W. Gillespie, Jr.
Director,
Center for Composite Materials
302-831-8702
gillespi@udel.edu
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