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MS&E's Chang elected to National Academy of Engineering

Y. Austin Chang

Y. Austin Chang (large image)

Y. Austin Chang, Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Chang was cited for applications of thermodynamics, phase diagrams, and kinetics to the understanding of modern materials of technological significance.

Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer. Membership honors those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice" and who have demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology." Chang is the 13th UW-Madison COE faculty member to receive the honor.

Chang has made seminal contributions in thermodynamic modeling/phase diagram calculations and pioneered application of principles of thermodynamics and kinetics of multi-component systems to numerous materials problems ranging from extraction and refining to electronic materials. He has made advances in the design of alloy/intermetallic contacts to III-V semiconductors and their alloys for Schottky and ohmic behavior, in the design of interfaces in structural composites, in the integration of phase diagram calculations with kinetic models to predict the paths of solidification of multi-component alloys, and in synthesizing composites in-situ using solid-state reactions. The results of his research have appeared in more than 300 publications, including four books, more than 210 contributed papers on original research, and numerous book chapters and proceedings papers.

He has also made significant contributions to engineering education in the college, having been instrumental in improving the existing undergraduate curriculum in metallurgical engineering, proposing a new baccalaureate degree in materials science and engineering, and upgrading instrumentation and facilities for undergraduate laboratories.

Chang is the recipient of many honors for his teaching and research, among them: William Hume-Rothery Award of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award, Champion H. Mathewson Medal--TMS, COE's Byron Bird Award for excellence in research publication, and TMS's Educator Award. He received a PhD in metallurgy from the University of California-Berkeley in 1963, and joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1980. He is actively pursuing research with more than 15 graduate students and post-doctoral research associates.