News from CHTE

News from CHTE

CHTE CROPPEDA Note from Mick Nallen,

CHTE Chair

It’s a great time to be in the business of metals. The Center for Heat Treating Excellence continues to focus research resources on improving the performance of materials in demanding applications through the use of advanced thermal processing technologies. Regardless of industry sector, the challenge exists to better the capabilities of components and processes to widen the limits of possibility.

Companies around the world face unprecedented challenges when it comes to finding qualified talent trained in the materials science and engineering disciplines. The CHTE-funded projects provide an opportunity for students to work on real-world problems while applying the latest modeling skills and measurement techniques. Guided by experienced industry professionals and WPI professors, the pre-competitive research performed often leads to best-methods documentation. In addition, experimental data is recorded providing validated inputs to computational models to improve modeling accuracy and reliability.

The experience provides member companies with access to student interns and students graduating with advanced degrees and practical knowledge. The CHTE community addresses a wide range of thermal processing areas, pursuing fundamental research, and developing computational modeling expertise, to improve the heat treatment process knowledge base relied upon by CHTE members.

CHTE Distiguished Service Award

Robert Gaster, senior staff engineer for materials engineering at Deere & Company Moline Technology Innovation Center, received the Distinguished Service Award from CHTE during the annual CHTE spring meeting May 24-25, 2011. The award recognizes individuals who, in the judgment of the CHTE Board, have made significant, commendable, and longstanding contributions to the promotion of CHTE. Among the Center’s most ardent supporters, Bob has served in several capacities during his tenure. He has chaired the Board and the Project Selection Committee and served on CHTE’s Strategic Planning Committee.

CHTE welcomes these new members (since July 2010)


Bluewater Thermal Solutions

CHTE Students, Faculty, Members to Present at the HTS Meeting

After reviewing the program for the upcoming meeting in Cincinnati, October 31-November 2, 2011, we were pleased to see there’ll be such a strong showing of CHTE. Please be sure to show your support by attending and encourage possible members to attend the talk on CHTE by Rick Sisson and Roger Fabian. Special thanks to Scott Mackenzie of the organizing committee.

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