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Virginia Tech Honors Paul Huffman, Jr. for Career Achievements
April 22, 2015 - Paul Huffman, Jr., a 1978 MSE graduate and MSE Advisory Board member, is a 2015 inductee into the College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence, joining an elite group of 135 individuals out of more than 60,000 living engineering alumni. The Academy was founded in 1999 by F. William Stephenson, past dean of the college of engineering, and the College's Advisory Board. Inductees are Virginia Tech engineering graduates who have made continuous and admirable engineering or leadership contributions during their careers.
Paul is the founder and President of Dominion Metallurgical (DOMET) located in Roanoke, Virginia. As a member of MSE's advisory board, he played a key role in fund-raising efforts to establish VT FIRE and the Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry. He also designed and constructed the Skipper II cannon at no charge, following in his father's footsteps. Paul Huffman, Sr., cast the first Skipper, also at no charge.
Check out the latest edition of Exploring Materials
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Virginia Tech students and alumni enter TMS Bladesmithing Competition
A new Bladesmithing competition
was featured at the annual TMS meeting and exhibition held in Orlando, Florida,
March 15-19, 2015. A team of Virginia Tech students and alumni entered the competition with
a bronze sword cast at the Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry. Team members
were Adam Humphrys (B.S. MSE 2012, employed
at Domet, Inc.); Peter Kim (B.S. MSE 2012, current MSE graduate student);
Christian Birkett (B.S. MSE 2012, current graduate student in ISE); and Cameron
Crowell, senior, MSE. To construct their sword, they
first created a wooden pattern, then a nobake sand mold. They cast it in bronze
and then performed forging work and polishing. The handle and pommel are made
of cedar, designed and constructed by Adam Humphrys. The design for the blade
was based on a Bronze Age sword found in the Thames River in London called the
Limehouse sword, believed to date back to the 12th century BC. This
type of blade was common in northwestern Europe and England. Sponsors for their entry were
Dominion Metallurgical (Domet) in Roanoke and the AFS Piedmont Chapter. The team presented the sword to
Dr. David Clark on March 25, 2015. It will be displayed in the MSE office. Another MSE team also entered the competition, seniors Matt Antonelli and Drew Stutts. Nice work guys! Click here to view a YouTube video of the construction process.
Engineering Now, 2014
MSE doctoral student, Rachel Umbel, appears in the 2014 edition of Engineering Now, which is the annual report of the College of Engineering. Click the photo to view the full article. View the full annual report.
Virginia Tech Research Magazine, Summer 2014
Nice article in the summer 2014 edition of Virginia Tech Research. Offers great example of how the Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry and VT-FIRE are helping to foster cooperation between departments. Click photo to view full article. View the full magazine.
Dwight D. Viehland named Jack E. Cowling Professor of Engineering: A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2001, Professor Viehland is an experimental solid state scientist investigating phase transitions in ceramics and physical phenomena like ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, magnetostriction, and magnetoelectricity. Read the full story here.
AFS-Piedmont Pledges Continued Support for VT FIRE
On June 27, 2013, Paul Huffman and Greg Southerland, representatives of the American Foundry Society - Piedmont Chapter, presented a $24,000 check to COE Dean Benson as a first installment of their new $40,000 pledge in support of VT FIRE and the foundry at Virginia Tech. The AFS-Piedmont Chapter initially kicked off the VT FIRE project back when the foundry was still in the planning stages with a $45,000 pledge, which was fulfilled in 2012. Pictured below, left to right: David Clark, MSE Head; Greg Southerland, AFS-Piedmont Chair; Dick Benson, VT Engineering Dean; Paul Huffman, AFS-Piedmont Education Chair; and Alan Druschitz, Director, VT FIRE. For more photos, visit VT FIRE news.