Thomas F Murphy, FAPMI, Senior Scientist, Research and Development, at Hoeganaes Corporation in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, USA, has been chosen to receive the Kempton H Roll Powder Metallurgy Lifetime Achievement Award by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF). The award, named after the founding executive director of the MPIF, acknowledges the exceptional accomplishments and achievements of individuals who have dedicated their careers and lives to the field of PM and related technologies.
Murphy is only the fifth person to be presented with the award since its inception in 2007.
The award ceremony will take place during the opening session of PowderMet2024 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials and AMPM2024 Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy events, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, June 16 – 19, 2024.
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Murphy is a renowned expert in the field of ferrous PM microscopy. He has played a crucial role in developing sample preparation, characterisation methods and testing for metal powders and PM components. He continues to educate the industry about the impact of microstructure on the entire PM process. Recently, his research has expanded to include the effects of microstructure on the Additive Manufacturing process.
Murphy organised and coordinated the APMI International (APMI) PM Metallography Competition from 1989 to 2008. He also oversaw the Excellence in Metallography Awards from 2009 onwards. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the International Metallographic Society (IMS) and has been actively involved as a judge for the IMS Metallography Contest. In recognition of his contributions, Murphy received the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award in 2005 and the APMI Fellow Award in 2007.
Murphy has been an enthusiastic MPIF Technical Conference Program Committee member since 1990. He co-chaired PowderMet2007, assisted with the development of the online Guide to PM Microstructures, and has been a longtime instructor at several MPIF seminars and courses. Additionally, he is a member of the APMI International Journal of Powder Metallurgy Editorial Review Committee.
Murphy has authored or co-authored more than seventy-five technical publications, four of which were recognised as Outstanding Technical Papers by MPIF. Many of these publications serve as guidebooks for proper sample preparation, etching, and analysis techniques. From 1983 to 1990, he also served as an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University Evening College.
Thomas F Murphy authored the following guides on the topic of metallography in Powder Metallurgy Review: