Steven J. Zinkle, professor of nuclear engineering and UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair, was selected to receive the ASM Gold Medal for 2018 for his innovative research on microstructure/property relationships in irradiated materials. ASM, formerly known as the American Society for Metals, is the preeminent association for engaging and connecting materials professionals and their organizations.
Zinkle’s research helps create a scientific basis of performance limits as well as practical design strategies for new high-performance radiation-resistant materials.
“This award is a testament to Professor Zinkle’s numerous contributions to nuclear material research focused on radiation resistant metals,” said Nuclear Engineering Department Head Wes Hines. “Some of these findings could be game changes for use in advanced nuclear reactors.”
ASM’s Gold Medal was established in 1943 and today recognizes outstanding knowledge and great versatility in the application of science to the field of materials science and engineering, as well as exceptional ability in the diagnosis and solution of diversified materials problems.