Lavernia and Apelian Recognized with 2021 ASM Awards

Samueli School Distinguished Professors Enrique Lavernia (left) and Diran Apelian were recognized with 2021 ASM Awards for achievement and teaching, respectively.

Sept. 24, 2021 - Two UC Irvine materials science and engineering professors have won 2021 ASM Awards. The professional society recognizes achievements, from technical to teaching to research, of individuals and organizations that contribute to materials science and engineering. 

Distinguished Professor Enrique Lavernia received the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award for “sustained and pioneering studies on the fundamental mechanisms that govern the interrelationship between processing, microstructure and mechanical behavior of structural materials.”

The achievement award, established in 1934, in honor of a distinguished teacher, metallographer and metallurgist, recognizes pioneering materials science and engineering achievements that have stimulated organized work along similar lines that marked basic advances have been made in the knowledge of materials science and engineering.

Distinguished Professor Diran Apelian was honored with the Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award for his “legacy of excellence in teaching and innovation and being a visionary role model and inspirational mentor to two generations of students – now leaders in academia and industry."

The teaching award was established in 1960 in memory of an outstanding teacher and research engineer who was a founding member and president of ASM in 1921. It recognizes unusually long and devoted service in teaching, as well as significant accomplishments in materials science and engineering, and an unusual ability to inspire and impart enthusiasm to students.

ASM will present these awards, and awards from 2020, at the 2022 ASM Award Banquet to be held at IMAT 2022, scheduled for Sept. 13-16, 2022, in New Orleans.

– Lori Brandt