ARL's Victor Champagne inducted as 2015 ASM Fellow for Materials Science

November 12, 2015

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • ASM is the world's largest association of metals-focused materials professionals
  • The Fellow of the Society honor recognizes members for their distinguished contributions to materials science, engineering or manufacturing and their exemplary personal reputations
  • Thirty professionals were honored as the 2015 Class of Fellows

Victor Champagne, Jr., director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Center for Cold Spray, was recognized internationally as one of the foremost authorities on cold spray and recently inducted as an ASM Fellow for Materials Science at an ASM International awards ceremony held in Columbus, Ohio. ASM is the world's largest association of metals-focused materials professionals. There he and 29 other professionals were honored as the 2015 Class of Fellows while 31 additional members received awards for materials science achievements.

The Fellow of the Society honor recognizes members for their distinguished contributions to materials science, engineering or manufacturing and their exemplary personal reputations. Champagne's award read, "Serving as the International Champion of Cold Spray Technology through exemplary research, development, qualification and persistent dedication toward the transition and implementation throughout all sectors of industry and the DoD."

Terry Mosier, managing director at ASM International, said ASM International's annual award dinner is inspiring year after year and the 2015 honorees were no exception.

"Our Fellows of the Society and each of the honorees are some of the most elite in the materials science field and their contributions are driving the future of our industry," said Mosier. "I couldn't be more proud to recognize this amazing group of leaders."

Timothy McKechnie, FASM, President of Plasma Processes, Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, nominated Champagne for his "technical expertise and as someone who is known throughout DoD and the private sector, as someone 'who gets things done,' working diligently to transition emerging technologies throughout the defense industry and the U.S. commercial sector."

"It is rare to find a person who is involved in all stages of technology development and transition. Mr. Champagne has made technical contributions to the advancement of emerging technologies through his individual research efforts, as well as achievements toward their acceptance into the industrial base. This has been accomplished by taking sound research and pushing it through the system of qualification and approval. This process includes developing and executing programs designed to convince decision and policy makers including those within DoD, private industry and on Capitol Hill, of the attributes of the new technology," said McKechnie.

McKechnie added, "The past 15 years Mr. Champagne has focused on advancing Cold Spray Technology and is recognized as the international 'champion' of this technology through his relentless conviction toward its development and implementation across all sectors of industry in the USA and abroad through international programs."

Champagne said he is proud to be a part of the organization and looks forward to serving as an ASM Fellow.

"I am honored to be inducted as an ASM Fellow and will continue to serve the society of materials scientists until they bury me!" expressed Champagne.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: November 12, 2015