Published on Wednesday August 22, 2012
Dr. George E. Dieter has been chosen as a recipient of the Alpha
Sigma Mu Distinguished Life Member Award.
The honor will be presented as part of the Materials Science
and Technology 2012 Conference and Exhibition in Pittsburgh, PA
in October 2012.
Dieter received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from
Drexel University in 1950 and later returned to head the department
and subsequently serve as Dean of Engineering. He also holds
a Sc.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and served as the Director
of the Processing Research Institute there from 1973 to 1977.
He subsequently went on to hold the position of Dean of Engineering
at the University of Maryland from 1977 to 1994.
In particular, Dieter is known for his pioneering texts in two
areas at the interface between materials and mechanical
engineering. Mechanical Metallurgy, first published in
1961, and Engineering Design: A Materials and Processing
Approach, the first published text in this field. He was chair
of the Engineering Deans Council of American Society for
Engineering Education (ASEE), and was national president of ASEE in
1994. He was elected a member of the National Academy of
Engineering in 1993.
Alpha Sigma Mu is the international professional honor society
for materials science and engineering. According to their
website, "Distinguished Life Member is Alpha Sigma Mu's highest
honor...This award is to be conferred upon those select few whose
technical attainment and contributions to society through
leadership in the field of materials science and engineering have
resulted in significant benefits to humankind."