Scientific society taps Army researcher for honor

November 26, 2018

By ARL Public Affairs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 26, 2018) -- The American Society for Metals International recognized its 2018 Class of Fellows for contributions to materials science at an annual awards banquet in Columbus, Ohio, October 16.

The organization established its Fellow of the Society award in 1969 to honor members for achievements and distinguished contributions to materials for industry, academia and government.

Dr. Mark Tschopp, regional lead for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Research Laboratory's regional campus in the central region and a materials researcher, became an ASM International fellow -- known as the highest distinction within the world's largest association of materials-centric engineers and scientists.

Tschopp's citation reads: "For distinguished and sustained contributions in computational materials science, solid mechanics, processing-structure-property relationships and materials design for integrated computational materials engineering leading to accelerated discovery and practical application."

"I'm very excited to receive this distinction from ASM International," Tschopp said. "It's funny to think back to how this whole journey into materials started. Prof. Ronald Kohser at Missouri S&T (now retired) pulled me and my parents aside on a visit to campus to tell me about materials. I've been hooked ever since."

He said it's also a lesson in how careers are often shaped by the connections we make -- faculty, mentors, advisors, colleagues and even students.

The award recognizes a sustained high level of professional achievement, contributions and performance to the materials science and engineering community. It also recognizes the significant impact of volunteer activities members make to the broader community.

"Some of my most memorable experiences in ASM have been through volunteering to serve in various capacities," Tschopp said. "For instance, early in my career, I was selected for a three year appointment on the ASM emerging professional committee, where I led an all-invited talk symposium for early career materials professionals."

Tschopp said the symposia focused on bringing in experts to talk about career-based topics like entrepreneurship, intellectual property, international experiences in materials science, mentorship, preparing for the professional examination, materials scientists in government and women in engineering.

"It's great to give back and make an impact on the careers of students and early career scientists," Tschopp said.

Tschopp previously worked as a RDECOM Research Laboratory materials engineer, team leader and branch chief at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, as well as working as an engineer in casting research and development at GM Powertrain, a visiting scientist in propulsion materials and life prediction with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and as a research faculty at Mississippi State University.

Tschopp now leads the establishment of RDECOM's central campus in the greater Chicago region, part of the Open Campus ecosystem.

"The extended campuses are all about how we can achieve more through partnerships," Tschopp said. "The Army science and technology ecosystem is being driven by six Army Modernization Priorities to put future capability in the hands of our Soldiers. Not all technology needs have existing solutions, though. The Army is reaching out to industry, to academia, to startups and entrepreneurs to help us tackle these complex problems."

Tschopp said as a materials and mechanical engineer, he would love to see regional partnerships develop for rapidly advancing material and manufacturing solutions for the Army. He believes that coupling the evolving field of data science, machine learning, and AI with these disciplines will the Army achieve this.

"As a leader for the central region, I would love to see the entire organization's portfolio capitalize on regional expertise to accelerate the transition of solutions," Tschopp said. "Big efforts are already underway in propulsion science, data science and analytics, internet of things for the battlefield, materials design and advanced manufacturing."

This award follows Tschopp's other honors including: 2001 best paper award; 2004 NSF graduate fellowship in materials engineering; 2007 Luther Long Award in Engineering Mechanics, the top award in mechanics for PhD students at Georgia Tech; 2008 Sigma Xi best PhD dissertation award, awarded to five students each year at Georgia Tech; the Mississippi State University StatePride Faculty Award, awarded for excellence in teaching, research and service; the 2016 Silver Medal of the Society from ASM International, the society's most distinguished honor for mid-career professionals; and Fellow of ASME in 2017, the highest distinction for mechanical engineering.

Tschopp earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in metallurgical engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a doctorate in materials science and engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published more than 180 articles, including over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers with over 3000 citations in materials science, mechanics, computational science and design. He has delivered over 150 presentations at national and international conferences to include more than 100 invited presentations and seminars.

The RDECOM Research Laboratory, the Army's corporate research laboratory (ARL), is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: November 26, 2018