Liu recognized for paper on welding metallurgy

Stephen LiuA Colorado School of Mines professor has been honored by the American Welding Society for a paper deemed the greatest contribution to the understanding of welding metallurgy published in the Welding Journal in 2016.

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Stephen Liu received the Warren F. Savage Memorial Award on Nov. 7 in Chicago, at AWS FABTECH, North America’s largest forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event. Liu’s paper, “Laser weldability of 21Cr-6Ni-9Mn stainless steel: Part II - Weldability diagrams,” appeared in the November 2016 issue of the journal’s research supplement.

Savage, also known as “Doc,” served on the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for 40 years and was known as the “Father of Welding Metallurgy” in research circles, Liu said.  Savage died in 1988.

“Our program at Mines is actually patterned against his program,” Liu said.

Liu, who earned his PhD in metallurgical engineering from Mines, has taught at the university since 1987. He holds the American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and is director of the Center for Welding, Joining and Coatings Research.

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