June 24, 2005 —
The Viterbi School’s Terence G. Langdon has added to his long list
of honors by winning the 2005 Somiya Award for International
Terry Langdon, a professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, materials
science and earth sciences at USC.
The Somiya Award is given annually by the International Union of
Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) for the most significant research
on materials conducted by an interactive group with members drawn from
at least two continents. One of Langdon’s many distinguished
collaborators, Professor Zenji Horita of Kyushu University, Japan,
shares the award.
“We always take pride in Terry’s achievements,” said Viterbi School
Dean Yannis Yortsos, “but we see this honor as particularly special.
The Somiya Award can be earned only by exceptionally productive
collaborative work. It speaks to several of our priorities, including
our efforts to promote cross-disciplinary research and dynamic
international partnerships, and to a degree to our nanotechnology
Langdon and Horita were cited for their collaboration on the
application of severe plastic deformation in the processing and
properties of ultrafine-grained and nanostructured metals. This
on-going collaboration was initiated in 1993 and has produced over 200
papers in the scientific literature. Currently, Langdon and Horita are
ranked as #2 and #6 for the most citations in the field of materials
science for papers published over the last 10 years.
Criteria for the Somiya Award include the publication of high quality
research that is well recognized by the international materials
community and the development of a collaborative program having a major
impact on technology or society.
The award is named for Dr. Shigeyuki Somiya, emeritus professor of the
Tokyo Institute of Technology, and later dean at Teikyo University of
Science and Engineering. Dr. Somiya is a recipient of the Materials
Research Society Medal and the Japanese Scientific Academic Award.
Terence G. Langdon is the Leonhard Professor of Engineering at the
Viterbi School of Engineering and a professor of aerospace and
mechanical engineering, materials science and earth sciences at USC. He
is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (U.K.).