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Materials science and engineering is an interdisciplinary subject that covers a broad range of technical activities, but fluid mechanics and transport phenomena are not usually included in the mainstream.
Professor Julian Szekely, who has been a member of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering for some 19 years, has been active in bringing the concepts of heat flow, fluid flow and processing to the materials community and is receiving recognition for his efforts.
On April 15 he received an honorary doctorate from the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble for his work on the industrial application of magnetohydrodynamics. A week earlier, he delivered the Hawkins Memorial Lecture at Purdue University on "Fluid Flow Phenomena in Materials Processing." He also is contributing a chapter to the new Encyclopedia of Fluid Mechanics.
Additionally, he was one of two annual distinguished seminar speakers at the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland. The title of his talk was "The Intelligent Processing of Materials."
In June, Dr. Szekely will be the keynote speaker at MATEC `94 in Dusseldorf, Germany, speaking on the "The Steel Industry and the Future." And in September, he will be honorary co-chairman and keynote speaker at the Metallurgical Society Symposium on Metallurgy in the Year 2000 and Beyond.
A version of this article appeared in the May 18, 1994 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 38, Number 33).