PM association APMI International has announced the recipients of its 2017 Fellow Award. The award recognizes APMI members for their significant contributions to the goals, purpose, and mission of the organization as well as for a high level of expertise in the technology, practice, or business of the industry.

The 2017 recipients are Prasan Samal and John Shields. Prasan Samal, who worked at North American Höganäs, Inc is one of the leading experts in the stainless steel powder industry. Collaborating with several PM parts producers, he helped develop and qualify many stainless steel components for use in automotive exhaust systems. Other R&D achievements include optimizing sintering parameters for stainless steel to improve dimensional accuracy, machinability, weldability and corrosion resistance, refinement of dispersion strengthened copper and electrolytic iron refinement.

Samal has been involved with the PM industry for over 43 years and has been a member of APMI for 38 years. Samal received the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award in 2015.

Thermal management

John Shields from PentaMet Associates LLC is a leading expert on molybdenum and its associated metals. He has worked with NASA to develop materials for space shuttles, refined sintered tungsten ingots to increase tungsten sheet yields, and led a team to bring a novel thermal management system for galvanic corrosion resistance to market. He has been a member of APMI for 32 years and received the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award in 2009.

The recipients will receive the award at the PowderMet2017 conference taking place in Las Vegas, USA, this June.

The deadline for submission for the 2018 award is 1 March 2018. For more information, go here.

This story is reprinted from material from APMI, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.