Yufeng Zheng, Chemical & Materials Engineering (CME) assistant professor and director of the Electron Microcopy Core Share Facility, was awarded the 2023 Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division Young Leaders Professional Development Award.
“Winning this award provides me the unique opportunity to engage more in the different leadership roles in the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), one of the biggest professional organizations worldwide for materials scientists and engineers,” Zheng said.
Zheng currently serves as the vice president for the TMS Titanium Committee and is a member of the TMS Phase Transformation Committee and TMS Additive Manufacturing Committee. He also has been involved in other TMS activities, including organizing and chairing technical symposia in the annual meetings. At the University, Zheng is the faculty advisor for the UNR Material Advantage Student Chapter. He has been a TMS member since 2011, having first attended an annual meeting and presented as a graduate student.
“Dr. Zheng has strengthened our program significantly in the areas of physical and mechanical metallurgy, and he has brought a deep knowledge of analytical techniques in studying materials to our program — especially electron microscopy,” CME Department Chair Jeffrey LaCombe said. “These skills are of great value to our program and especially our students engaged in research.
“Further, through his leadership of the campus’s Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility, he brings his expertise to bear on many research questions faced by other programs on campus as well as from local and regional industry that use this facility,” LaCombe continued. “He has been an extremely valuable addition to our materials program and to our broader profession, which the TMS Professional Development Award recognizes."
Zheng has been at the University for three and a half years. He has a research group focused on novel metallic materials design, additive manufacturing, advanced characterization, phase transformation and deformation mechanisms in metals. His research goal is to discover, design and manufacture the next generation of high-performance sustainable metals and alloys for a greener world.