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Subra Suresh, Ford Professor of Engineering and former head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, is the recipient of the 2007 European Materials Medal from the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS). Suresh is the first scientist based outside Europe to receive the award.
FEMS comprises a group of materials science and engineering professional societies from 24 European countries. Established in 1993, the European Materials Medal is presented at the society's biennial conference, held in every odd-numbered year, to an active materials scientist or engineer for distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering.
Suresh will receive a gold medal and deliver a plenary lecture to materials scientists and engineers on the opening day of Euromat 2007, the official meeting of FEMS, to be held in Nuremburg, Germany, in September 2007.