The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the advancement of titanium applications and technology while celebrating people who have made a positive impact on the industry. 

Dr Bania has over three decades' experience in titanium research and development, developing new alloys and improving melting and mill processes used for titanium applications in aerospace, auto racing, and numerous other industries. He has participated in the invention of eight titanium alloys and received four patents for melting and production advances. 

During his 17-year tenure at TIMET, where he served as VP, quality and technology, Dr Bania invented a simple method of reducing low density inclusions in rotating grade aerospace alloys, by shearing sponge to a small size that prevented the defects from surviving the VAR melting process. He also worked on the formulation of a new generation of oxidation-resistant, high-temperature beta alloys that were first used by Boeing for aerospace gas turbine engine components. 

The ITA's Achievement Award has been given to 17 individuals since its inception in 2000.