Published on Tuesday August 28, 2007
Dr. Roger Doherty, A.W. Grosvenor Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of the ASM International 2008 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award. Established in 1934, the award recognizes pioneering materials science and engineering achievements that have stimulated organized work along similar lines to such an extent that a marked basic advance has been made in the knowledge of materials science and engineering.
Dr. Doherty is being honored specifically for his expertise in metallurgy. He has also been invited to give a lecture that will review the past changes, draw attention to some of the many scientific challenges that remain and speculate on what the future might yield for metallurgy.
In 1982, Dr. Doherty joined the Department of Materials Engineering at Drexel, serving as Interim Department Head 1998-2000, and being appointed the A.W.Grosvenor Professor in 2003. During his time at Drexel he has consulted extensively, most notably for Alcoa Technical Center on Processing Aluminum alloys from 1982 till 2006. His research has centered on the mechanisms of and resulting microstructures produced by industrial processing of metallic alloys. He has advised or co-advised over 30 doctoral students and published over 200 research papers.
The man behind the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award:
Dr. Sauveur, Honorary Member of ASM International, was born in Louvain, Belgium in 1863, educated at Athenee Royal, Brussels; the School of Mines, Liege and, finally, at MIT, graduating in 1889. Later he conducted his own laboratory and published the now famous Metallographist, a quarterly which carried most of the important metallographic literature of the day. In 1899, he joined the staff of Harvard University, where he established the first metallographic laboratory in any university. From 1924 until his death in 1939, he was Gordon McKay Professor of Mining and Metallurgy at Harvard. Affectionately known throughout the metallurgical world as the "dean of American metallurgists", Dr. Sauveur's pioneering work produced the first photomicrographs of steel made in the United States. His book on "Metallography and Heat Treatment of Iron and Steel", first published in 1912, was a standard textbook for a quarter of a century.