Alan Lawley, Professor Emeritus, Drexel University, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Powder Metallurgy, received the Kempton H. Roll Powder Metallurgy (PM) Lifetime Achievement Award during an Industry Recognition Luncheon at the PowderMet2012 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, Nashville, June 10-13.
After receiving his BSc and PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Birmingham, UK, Lawley went to the U.S. in 1958. He spent two years as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by five years at the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories.
His Drexel career began in 1966 as an associate professor in the Department of Materials Engineering. It was here that he was introduced to powder metallurgy as he managed a Department of Defense project (Themis) on the topic of PM. Before retiring in 2003, he had subsequently served as head of the Drexel materials engineering department.
He has been Editor of the International Journal of Powder Metallurgy since 1985. Lawley has been a prolific contributor to the literature of PM science and technology, publishing more than 300 papers during his career. A long-time member of the MPIF Technical Board, Lawley has participated in numerous seminars and conferences, and co-chaired the technical program of the 2008 PM World Congress.
He received the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award in 1991, was inducted as a member of the first class of APMI Fellows in 1998, and that same year was inducted into the National Academy of Engineers.
The award, named in honour of Kempton H. Roll, founding executive director of MPIF, was established in 2007 in order to recognise individuals with outstanding accomplishments and achievements who have devoted their careers and a lifetime of involvement in the field of powder metallurgy and related technologies.