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For release: March 14 , 2008

Karl Gschneidner, Jr., Materials and Engineering Physics, (515) 294-7931
Iver Anderson, Materials and Engineering Physics, (515) 294-9791
Kerry Gibson, Public Affairs, 515-294-1405


Iver Anderson receives TMS Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award

AMES, Iowa—Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr., senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has been awarded the prestigious Acta Materialia Gold Medal, considered by many scientists and engineers to be the top award worldwide in the field of materials research. Gschneidner received the award during the 2008 annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society in New Orleans, La. on March 11, 2008, where Ames Lab senior metallurgist Iver Anderson was honored also with a TMS Distinguished Scientist/Engineer award.

The Acta Materialia Gold Medal is just the latest of many honors for Gschneidner, who earlier in 2007 was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The Gold Medal is awarded annually by the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. with partial financial support from Elsevier, Ltd. Nominees are solicited each year from the Cooperating Societies and Sponsoring Societies of Acta Materialia, Inc., based on demonstrated ability and leadership in materials research. The candidates are placed on a ballot for a panel of international judges who select the winner.
The award consists of an 18-carat gold medal, an inscribed certificate, and a check from the Board of Governors. The conference also featured a symposium in Gschneidner's honor, with the gold medalist delivering the keynote address.

Anderson, senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has been selected to receive the 2007 Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award by the Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials Division of The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society.

Anderson is only the second person selected for the award, which is presented based on a lengthy nomination and peer review process. Anderson was singled out for his development of a tin-silver-copper solder alloy that has been widely adopted by the electronics industry to remove harmful lead from the environment. To date, the patented lead-free solder has been licensed by some 60 companies worldwide and has generated more than $16 million in royalties for Ames Lab and Iowa State University.

The award cites Anderson "for his innovative ideas, his excellent research, his continuing scholarship and the influence he has had on the transition to Pb-free manufacturing."

"These are very prestigious awards, indeed," said Ames Laboratory Director Alex King.  "The Gold Medal places Karl in the select company of the most famous materials scientists of the modern age.  The Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award is going to become very significant, too, if the standard is set by the likes of Iver Anderson.  Ames Lab is proud to be the home of such distinguished researchers."

Ames Laboratory is operated for the Department of Energy by Iowa State University. The Lab conducts research into various areas of national concern, including the synthesis and study of new materials, energy resources, high-speed computer design, and environmental cleanup and restoration.