Beckermann Receives Scientific Merit Award

Friday, May 8, 2009

Christoph Beckermann, University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and director of the College's Solidification Laboratory, has received the Sir Humphrey Davy Scientific Merit Award by the Magnesium Division of the American Foundry Society (AFS). The award was presented on April 8, 2009 at the 113th Metalcasting Congress in Las Vegas, NV.

Beckermann's research interests are in solidification of metal alloys and composites; transport phenomena in multi-phase, multi-component systems; and heat and mass transfer in buoyancy driven systems and in porous media.
Davy was English chemist in the 18th and 19th centuries who discovered several chemical elements (including sodium and potassium) and compounds, and became one of the greatest exponents of the scientific method.  He is best remembered for his contributions to the understanding of electrochemistry and for his invention of a safety lamp for miners.

AFS is the leading U.S. based metalcasting society that assists member companies (metalcasting facilities, diecasters and industry suppliers) and individuals to effectively manage all production operations, profitably market their products and services and to equitably manage their employees.  AFS also promotes the interests of the metalcasting industry before the legislative and executive branches of  the federal government.