Steel scientists recognized for thermal processing research

Colorado School of Mines researchers affiliated with the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center were honored at the ASM Heat Treating Society’s Thermal Processing in Motion Conference, held June 5-7 in Spartanburg, S.C.

Robert Cryderman, research associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, received the Fluxtrol Inc. Academic Research Award for excellence in research in the field of thermal processing. As part of the award, Cryderman and Fluxtrol will identify a Mines student to receive a $2,000 scholarship award.

Cryderman’s main research interest is in using alloy design and advanced thermomechanical processing techniques to achieve microstructures in medium-carbon to high-carbon steels that improve their performance under fatigue and impact loads. 

Metallurgical and materials engineering PhD student Virginia Judge received the Fluxtrol Inc. Student Award and $2,000 for research deemed to be of extraordinary quality and impact to the field of thermal processing.

With Professor John Speer and Associate Professor Amy Clarke, Judge presented “Mechanical Properties of 4340 Steel Subjected to Short-Time Tempering within the Tempered Martensite Embrittlement Regime” at the conference. 

Judge earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical and materials engineering from Mines in 2014. She conducts research on plate and hot rolled steel with the ASPPRC.

Fluxtrol, founded in 1981, is a manufacturer of magnetic flux controllers.


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