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Students Win with Ultrafine-Grained Materials Presentation

March 31, 2008 —
Byungmin Ahn displays his Gold award at 
The Minerals, Metals and Materials meeting
 A pair of Viterbi students received top honors for presentations at the annual meeting for The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society this month in New Orleans.
Doctoral candidates Byungmin Ahn and Roberto Figueiredo took home two of only four available awards for student project displays at the TMS conference’s Fifth International Symposium on Ultrafine-Grained Materials.
Ahn, who studies with Prof. Steve Nutt of the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, received the Gold Medal award and Figueiredo, who studies with Prof. Terence Langdon, took one of three Silver Medal awards.
“We have been running these symposia every other year at the TMS annual meetings for several years and this year, once again, our symposium attracted by far the largest number of papers,” said Langdon, of Viterbi’s Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and also of the Mork Family Department. 
The Viterbi students’ presentations were displayed in an expansive poster session featuring about 70 student projects on ultrafine-grained materials.
“Rather remarkably, there were only two USC posters and they won two of the four awards,” Langdon said.
Ahn, a graduate student in the Mork Family Department displayed his research on, “In-situ observation of the deformation of ultrafine-grained aluminum-magnesium alloy with bimodal grain structure.”
Figueiredo, an Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering doctoral student presented his work on, “Development of super-plasticity in magnesium alloys by through equal channel angular pressing.”
TMS award winners, from left, Byungmin Ahn and Roberto Figueiredo from USC, Troy Topping
from UC Davis and Irina Topic from University of Erlangen, Germany
TMS is a professional organization that draws its nearly 10,000 members from metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, students and administrators from more than 70 countries.
The diverse group’s interests encompass topics from primary metals production to advanced materials applications, according to its Web site.
The five-day 2008 Annual Meeting and Exhibition ran from March 9-13 and attracted several thousand participants from a host of countries for presentations and exhibits.