We are proud to announce that our own Lehigh Valley ASM Chapter member, Dr. Wojciech Misiolek, has won this year’s William Hunt Eisenman Award. The award was established in 1960, in memory of a founding member of ASM, and its first and only secretary for 40 years. It recognizes unusual achievements in industry in the practical application of materials science and engineering through production or engineering use. Dr. Misiolek is being specially recognized this year for technology transfer of his engineering science knowledge to industrially relevant materials processing.
Dr. Misiolek is the Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Director of the Leowy Institute at Lehigh University, as well as an active member of our executive committee.
For our May meeting this year, we were delighted to have Mike Piersa speak on the history of the metals industry in our region. Mike is a historian at the National Museum of Industrial History (www.nmih.org/).
The National Museum of Industrial History is located inside part of the former Bethlehem Steel mill in Bethlehem, PA. Mike graduated with a bachelor’s in history from Moravian College and a master’s in history from Lehigh University. He has been with NMIH for over 17 years and has been instrumental in the research and interpretation behind the museum’s collections as well as the relocation and restoration of historical industrial equipment both at the museum and at outside facilities.
A key player in the industrialization and growth of the United States was the metals industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The rich history of the industry will be explored in an illustrated presentation, tracing it from long-vanished early 19th century operations to names that are familiar today. This trip through time will unveil a surprising array of activity, technology, and products that made the region renowned throughout the world.