Minnesota Chapter of ASM International

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Engineering Science for Society – with Materials Solutions

Dr. Judith A. Todd, FASM
Trustee (2017-2020)
P.B. Breneman Chair and
Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
Penn State University
University Park, PA 

Biographical Information: 

Dr. Todd is Department Head, P. B. Breneman Chair and Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State University. Prior to joining Penn State in 2002, Professor Todd was the

Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and Associate Chair (six years) for the Materials Science and Engineering Program, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, Armour College of Engineering and Science, at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She was an Iron and Steel Society Professor, Iron and Steel Society, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, from 1996-2002. 

Professor Todd’s ASM International (ASMI) service includes: Chair of the Los Angeles Chapter (1986-1987); and member of the: History and Archaeology of Materials Committee; West Coast Extension Liaison Committee; Materials Science Division Council; Education Affairs Committee; Awards Policy Committee; Council of Fellows Committee; Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award Committee (Chair 2012); and Chair of the Women in Materials Engineering Subcommittee on Recognition and Promotion. She was Vice President for Manufacturing, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) from 2002-2005 and the 2009 President of the Society of Engineering Science. Her research interests include: development of advanced materials and manufacturing processes; laser-sustained plasma and laser-materials interactions; mechanical behavior; nondestructive evaluation of materials; and archaeometry.

Dr. Todd has published over 100 technical papers and holds 2 U.S. patents. She is a Fellow of ASMI, ASME, and the Association of Women in Science. Professor Todd’s awards include the Vanadium Award, British Institute of Materials, and the ASME Board on Minorities and Women Award. Dr. Todd received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Bush in 2007. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom.

In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering announced 14 Engineering Grand Challenges that, “left unsolved, threaten our current standard of living”. Today, in the face of burgeoning human populations, ongoing climate change, rising sea levels, increasing pollution, and natural disasters, the challenges are more relevant than ever. The path forward for ASM is clear. By inspiring students of all ages how to learn, we can provide the scientific and engineering foundations, and suites of tools, needed to address the complexities of tomorrow. We will create a community that is not only unafraid of joining a future workforce not yet envisioned, but is also prepared to step up to leadership roles. We will seek to provide sustainable, energy-efficient, and low-cost materials solutions that advance those less fortunate than ourselves. In this presentation, we will explore how privileged we are to have knowledge and skills that will help to combat disease, reduce energy costs, rebuild our infrastructure,

advance our manufacturing industries, and create new products and potentially even artificial organs that will improve the quality of life, at home and abroad. When we apply our materials experience to problems at the intersection of multiple disciplines, we can discover transformational solutions that will contribute to the health, welfare, security and sustainability of our planet, and even worlds beyond.

Location Virtual Meeting
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Dr. Judith Todd