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Medal of Excellence


The Center for Composite Materials is proud to announce
the honorees of the 2019 Medal of Excellence:

Professor Michael R. Wisnom
Director, Bristol Composites Institute

Michael Wisnom is Professor of Aerospace Structures at the University of Bristol. He is Director of Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS), which builds on the work of the Advanced Composites Collaboration for Innovation and Science which he founded in 2007. He is a leading expert on the mechanics and failure of fibre reinforced composites, with over 400 published papers. He is a member of the steering board of the UK National Composites Centre, Editor in Chief and European Editor for Applied Science and Manufacturing of the international journal Composites Part A, and was Director of the Rolls-Royce Composites University Technology Centre from 2007-2017. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Society for Composites. Professor Wisnom received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2005 and was President of the International Committee on Composite Materials from 2009-2011.

 
Dr. Leslie Jay Cohen
Senior Vice President of New Business and Strategic Technologies

Dr. Cohen joined HITCO in 2001. He served for 31 years at McDonnell Douglas where he held positions of increasing responsibility in Technology Operations and Business Development. As a Senior Director, he directed all Business Development for MDAC in the Russian Federation. He has published over 40 papers on Advanced Composite design and development, is a lecturer in Advanced Composites and has been awarded the USSR Gold Medal for Science and Technology, and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Judd Hall Award for Manufacturing of Composites and SAMPE Fellow. He is a recipient of the prestigious George Lubin Award for excellence in composites from SAMPE. He holds B.S, M.S., and Ph D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Fulbright Post-Doctoral at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology specializing in Structures and Materials.

The 2019 Medal of Excellence will be awarded in conjunction with the American Society for Composites
34th Annual Technical Conference, to be held on September 23-25, 2019 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pioneers and Innovators in the Field of Composite Materials

The Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials recognizes pioneers and innovators in composite materials who have made significant contributions to the composites field through leadership, scholarly endeavors, inventions and/or economic enterprises over a sustained period of years.

The inaugural winners, whose names and likenesses are cast in the bronze medal designed by Charles Parks, a sculptor of international reputation include the following world-renowned pioneers in composites:

  • Tsuyoshi Hayashi, National Academy of Engineering, for his outstanding theoretical and experimental studies of aircraft composite materials and structures, and pioneering the development of composite science and technology worldwide. He was Founder of the Japan Reinforced Plastics Society in 1954 and Founder of the Japan Society for Composite Materials in 1975. Known in Japan as “The Godfather of Composites”, Professor Hayashi made significant academic contributions to the fields of aircraft structures and composites for more than 60 years.
     
  • Anthony Kelly, National Academy of Engineering, for his pioneering research in the development of composite materials. Professor Kelly’s book ‘Strong Solids’ (1965) was seminal in the field of material science and as a result of it and his life-long contributions to the science and engineering of composites, he has been referred to as ‘The Father of Composite Materials’. Professor Kelly is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Founding member of the International Conference on Composite Materials in 1975.
     
  • Zvi Hashin, National Academy of Engineering for his groundbreaking contributions to the micromechanics of composite materials for the calculation of the electrical, physical, thermal and mechanical properties of heterogeneous materials. His pioneering theories laid the foundation for practical engineering designs of composite structures for future generations. Professor Hashin was Professor and Founding Chairman of the Department of Mechanics, Materials and Structures at Tel Aviv University, recipient of the Landau prize for his work in “Theory of Fiber Reinforced Materials”, Engineering Science Medal from the Society of Engineering, Israel Prize for Engineering and Benjamin Franklin Medal.
     
  • Stephen Tsai, National Academy of Engineering, for his leadership and contributions to the theory and design of composite structures. Professor Tsai was Chief Scientist and Director of the Mechanics of Composites Division of the Air Force Materials Laboratory from 1968-1990 and is world-renown for his seminal work on composite failure criteria. Professor Tsai is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Composite Materials and author of numerous books on design composite materials. Professor Tsai’s research led to several formulas and failure criteria in composite materials bearing his name, which have become common practice in composites design and implemented in number of commercial software. These criteria have also become standard textbook material and been referred in most of the research articles in design and analysis of composite structures.

The medal was sponsored through generous grants from E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc. and Toray Industries (America) Inc.
 

Call for Nominations

The Call for Nominations is now closed.

In honor of the Center for Composite Materials 45th anniversary and long standing partnership with industry and government, we are seeking from our composite community to nominate candidates from industry and government agencies, in addition to academia, for the Medal of Excellence in Composites Materials who have made lasting contributions and impact in the field of composite materials through leadership, scholarly endeavor, invention and/or economic enterprise.

The medal will be awarded in conjunction with the American Society for Composites 34th Annual Technical Conference to be held on September 23-25, 2019 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.
 

Process

Submit complete nomination package by May 15, 2019 to Corinne Hamed, to include:

  1. Narrative description of outstanding candidates significant contributions to the composites field through leadership, scholarly endeavors, inventions and/or economic enterprises over a sustained period of years.
  2. Candidate’s curriculum vitae, no more than 2 pages.
  3. At least three (3) supporting letters.
  4. Citation record (i.e. Google Scholars, if appropriate)

The Honors Committee who include, Tsu-Wei Chou, Unidel Pierre S. du Pont Chair at the University of Delaware, John W. Gillespie, Jr., Director of the University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials, and Suresh G. Advani, Associate Director of the University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials, will compile the results and consult with all past Medal winners for the final selection.


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