Plenary Lectures

Tuesday, October 16, 2018  |  8:00 – 10:40 a.m.

ACerS Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Lecture

Cato T. Laurencin, University Professor and Van Dusen Distinguished Professor; Director, The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center, The University of Connecticut

Regenerative Engineering: Materials in Convergence

We define Regenerative Engineering as a Convergence of Advanced Materials Science, Stem Cell Science, Physics, Developmental Biology, and Clinical Translation. Biomaterials play a centrally important role. Work in the area of musculoskeletal tissue regeneration has focused on a number of biomaterial technologies. Polymeric nanofiber systems create the prospect for biomimetics that recapitulate connective tissue ultrastructure allowing for the design of biomechanically functional matrices, or next generation matrices that create a niche for stem cell activity. Polymer and polymer-ceramic systems can be utilized for the regeneration of bone. Novel systems using graphene-ceramics provide new possibilities for bone regeneration. Hybrid matrices possessing micro and nano architecture can create advantageous systems for regeneration, while the use of classic principles of materials science and engineering can lead to the development of three dimensional systems suitable for functional regeneration of tissues of the knee. Through convergence of a number of technologies, with advanced materials science playing an important role, we believe the prospect of engaging future grand challenges is possible.


AIST Adolf Martens Memorial Steel Lecture

John G. Speer,
John Henry Moore Professor of Physical Metallurgy, Colorado School of Mines; Director of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center

Steel-A Lot to Learn

Steel development for important markets like automobile manufacturing, construction, machinery, energy, etc. has been ongoing for generations. New steel products have enabled steel to play a continuing and important role in the economy and society.  Steel developments are occurring faster than ever in some areas today, and these developments require close coupling with user industries (to ensure manufacturability and performance in service) and constant modernization of steel producing facilities.  This presentation will highlight for students at MS&T the continuing importance of steel, and will tell the story of one recent development involving both product and process concepts.  The quenching and partitioning (Q&P) concept was developed to utilize carbon in as-quenched martensite to stabilize retained austenite and thereby enhance the mechanical properties. Some background and advancements made in understanding important aspects of physical metallurgy and microstructure development will be discussed, which have led to interest in implementing Q&P as a route for producing commercial high strength steels in volume, such as for lighter automobiles.


ASM/TMS Joint Distinguished Lectureship in Materials and Society

Lynnette D. Madsen, Program Director, National Science Foundation

The Ecosystem of Research, Education, and Community

Insights from research discoveries trigger innovation and invention, and ultimately lead to commercialization of new products. This influx of new technologies feeds the economy, and in turn also sparks interest in the community. It is this excitement and promise that attracts students to the field – our future workforce of policy makers, manufacturing experts, engineers, scientists, and other leaders. Appreciation of the interdependence of these three corner-pins – research, education, and society – is essential to creating our best future.