APMI International has named Stephen Mashl and Alberto Molinari as the recipients of its Fellow Award 2018. Established in 1998, the award recognises APMI members for significant contributions to the goals, purpose and mission of the organisation, as well as for a high level of expertise in the technology, practice or business of the industry. The 2018 Fellow Award recipients will receive Fellow status in an awards ceremony at POWDERMET2018 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, taking place in San Antonio, USA, June 17-20.
Stephen Mashl, Michigan Technological University, USA, is a research professor of materials science and engineering and has worked in the Powder Metallurgy industry for thirty years, working primarily in particulate materials and PM product and processes development. According to APMI, much of his career has been spent in industry, during which time he has reportedly developed process simulation models, worked to identify particle formation mechanisms and developed an integrated Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) plus solution heat treat process for the treatment of aluminium castings.
He is listed as co-inventor on several patents, with research appearing in more than fifty papers and publications, and has also served as technical reviewer for multiple journals. As an APMI member, Mashl has served as president of the Advanced Particulate Materials Association and as a director of the Isostatic Pressing Association. He formerly served as a member of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) Board of Governors and as a Fellow of ASM International.
Alberto Molinari, University of Trento, Italy, is a professor of metallurgy and according to the APMI is “one of the most active PM technology professors in the world.” Over thirty-five years of research, fifteen of which as an APMI International member, Molinari has published 500 papers in international and national journals, as well as in conference proceedings mostly on PM subjects.
Molinari is reported to have contributed to the development of some low-alloy powders as well as the optimisation of several industrial processes. He has carried out extensive scientific work on three main subjects: high-energy milling and sintering of powders to produce nano-structured materials, deformation and fracture behaviour of porous materials, and wear mechanisms of porous materials. In addition, he is currently said to be developing a modified theory of sintering, accounting for the effect of prior uniaxial compaction of parts, and is working on the experimental determination of constitutive models of metallic powders when uniaxially cold compacted.