By Gabby Esposito
MSE Assistant Professor Lesley Frame recently won both the 2021 ASM Silver Medal Award, as well as the Fluxtrol and ASM International Professor Valentin S. Nemkov Academic Research Award. These were conferred by the ASM International Board of Trustees for her contributions to the materials science and engineering community.
Here at UConn, Frame is the director of the Center for Materials Data Processing. She is also the faculty advisor for the UConn Materials Advantage student chapter, and inspired our new Metalworking club. Furthermore, Professor Frame is now the president of the ASM Heat Treating Society.
Department Head Bryan Huey says, “Professor Frame is not just the elected leader of this major professional organization representing both industry and academia; in fact, she is the first female president since it was established more than 100 years ago in 1913. Lesley is an excellent example of the substantial impacts our MSE faculty are making—to our students, and to our profession.”
The Silver Medal is awarded “for noteworthy research and collaborations that merge experiment and characterization of materials, behavior modeling, and data analytics; along with her unwavering support of diversity, equity, and inclusion within ASM international.” It is given annually to one academic and one industry professional who are each mid-career.
“I am honored to be selected as one of this year’s recipients for the Silver Medal award from ASM International,” Frame says.
ASM International also recently announced that Frame was the winner of the Professor Valentin S. Nemkov Academic Research Award, sponsored by Fluxtrol at the Heat Treat 2021.
The competition judged the research that academics have worked on with their students. Frame was chosen for the quality and impact of her contributions to research that was part of the traditional oral program, Fluxtrol Student Poster Competition, the inaugural Strong Bar Competition, and her support as a member of the event’s organizing committee and acting Session Chair.
“We are so pleased that Professor Frame has been recognized for her combined intellectual and leadership accomplishments. With major awards also announced in just this past year to professors Cato Laurencin, Jasna Jankovic, and Sophie Wang, MSE clearly features outstanding role models for our growing and diversifying student cohort,” says Huey.