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Physics professor receives John Hunt Medal

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) awarded the 2016 John Hunt Medal to Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor Alain Karma.

The John Hunt Medal award is a major award in the field of solidification; it is a highly regarded award in the field. It is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the science and/or technology of casting and solidification of metals. The award recognizes the lifetime contribution of Professor John Hunt FRS and is supported through the General Research Institute of Non-ferrous Metals (GRINM) in Beijing.

IOM3 writes this about Karma, “Alain’s insight into statistical and nonlinear physics has allowed him to solve some of the major problems of the development of solidification microstructures. He has also substantially contributed to the development of mathematical techniques for this kind of highly non-linear problems and specifically to the foundations of the today much used phase field method.”

Professor Karma will be giving the John Hunt Memorial Lecture next July at the 6th Decennial International Conference on Solidification Processing in the United Kingdom.

Read more about Professor Karma’s NASA-funded research in alloy solidification, happening in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French Space Agency (CNES).

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