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Somiya Award

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 Collaboration.

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 initiative.”
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.).