A Trifecta of Honors

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Talk about a hat trick.UC Santa Barbara’s Alcoa Professor of Materials, Tresa M. Pollock, has been honored with three separate awards from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) — two for outstanding long-term contributions to the field of materials science and one for service to the professional society.
“I am deeply honored that my materials colleagues have nominated me for these awards,” Pollock said. “They are the culmination of many productive and exciting collaborative research programs, and they reflect on the outstanding graduate students that I have worked with through the years.”
First, the 2018 Morris Cohen Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the science and/or technology of materials properties. It was established to honor Morris Cohen, an MIT professor of metallurgy who was highly respected as a researcher, educator and prominent leader in the field. Pollock’s citation notes her “seminal contributions to the development of integrated computational materials engineering and its application to understanding the properties of critical materials through creative synthesis, characterization and measurement.”
Pollock also was selected as an honorary member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgica, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). She is one of only two women so named, and the first woman so nominated by TMS. For their technical contributions and their broad impact on their disciplines, as well as for playing exemplary roles in their communities, AIME honorary members are seen as standing at the pinnacle of the profession. Pollock was cited for “extraordinary contributions to the metallurgical field as an inspiring educator, a creative technologist, an exceptional colleague and a visionary leader of the TMS community.”
The TMS 2018 Alexander Scott Distinguished Service Award, Pollock’s third recent honor, recognizes outstanding contributions to TMS as exhibited by exceptional dedication of time, effort, thought and action toward furthering the society’s mission. She is cited for “educating, engaging …

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