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Thomas Avey receives TMS – Light Metals Magnesium Technology Award

photo of Thomas Avey, Ohio State PhD student Materials Science and Engineering Class of 2023
Thomas Avey  |  MSE Doctoral Student

MSE doctoral student Thomas Avey nabbed top honors for the paper “Processing Map and Performance of a Low-cost Wrought Mg Alloy: ZAXEM11100”, which was a collaborative piece primarily authored by him and presented at the TMS Magnesium Technology Symposium.

As described in a letter from TMS Executive Director James J. Robins to Avey, the TMS Light Metals Magnesium Best Paper – Student Award recognizes the individual excellence of a student-primary-authored paper in the area of magnesium technology, published in the preceding year’s volume of Magnesium Technology.

Avey’s research focuses on Magnesium alloy design for structural applications, specifically the intersection of computationally predicted phases and experimentally observed properties. This paper focused on modeling of the temperature and strain rate effect on compressive flow stress for a novel Mg alloy and the computational prediction of stable deformation conditions.

Thomas likens some research submissions to throwing ideas and results into a void. The announcement about winning the TMS – Light Metals Magnesium Technology Award was unanticipated but cathartic for Avey: “Receiving this award invigorates my desire to continue producing high-quality work”.

Other participants in the paper and their roles are Jiashi Miao, MSE Research Associate at Ohio State, who provided discussion on the EBSD analysis of the post-compression samples; Anil Sachdev, General Motors Global Research and Development, who provided support and guidance from an industry perspective; and Joshua Caris, who provided support through many discussions and financial support for the work on behalf of Terves Inc.

Alan Luo, Donald D. Glower Chair in Engineering and professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering, is Avey’s advisor.

The doctoral candidate recalls becoming interested in materials science and engineering in high school: “I gained an appreciation for the technological dependence on materials knowledge. Any significant advancement in technology is accompanied and usually dependent on materials development.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from North Carolina University, Thomas chose to focus on metallic materials in graduate school because of the significant roles metals and metals research play in a more energy-efficient world.

The culmination of his doctoral work is in December. He plans to continue working on computational alloy design as a research engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Washington D.C.

Avey will be formally presented the award, which includes a monetary element, in March 2024 at the TMS 2024 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Thomas received his B.S. in MSE from North Caroline University before coming to The Ohio State University.