Keynote/Invited Talks:
1. Keynote: **”Fracture and Fatigue Issues in Additively Manufactured Materials and Structures”, International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials XI, Cape Code, MA, September 18, 2018.
2. Invited: **”Process/Structure/Property Relationships in Metal Additively Manufactured Materials and Structures”, J.J. Lewandowski, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, August 31, 2018.
3. Tutorial: **”Fracture and Fatigue Issues in (Metal) Additive Manufacturing”, J.J. Lewandowski, ASPE Tutorial, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA, July 22, 2018.
4. Invited: **”Location- and Orientation-Dependent Properties in Metallic AM Samples and Structures”, J.J. Lewandowski, The 4thInternational Conference on Metallic Materials and Processing, Xi’an, China, June 19, 2018.
5. Keynote: **”Orientation- and Location-Dependent Properties in Metallic AM Samples and Structures”, J.J. Lewandowski, 3rdPRO-AM Conference, Singapore, May 16, 2018.
New Research Grants:
1. America Makes: $438.5K/2 years-PI, Accelerating MAMLS Direct Part Production: Effect of Defects in Laser Powder Bed Fusion AlSi10Mg
2. ONR: $426.5K/3 years-PI, Process-Structure-Property Study on CP-Ti Produced via High Deposition AM Laser-Hot Wire
3. ONR: $450K/3 years-PI, Investigating the Mechanical Behaviour of 5XXX Aluminum Alloy Structures on the HMCS Iroquois/Athabaskan
4. ONR/NAVAIR: $100K/1 year-PI, Microstructure Informatics for Propagating Uncertainty in Material and Processing to Performance Predictions of AM Titanium Parts
5. LIFT: $157.2K/1.3 years-Willard-PI, Lewandowski-co-PI, Friction Stir Welding of Dissimilar, Bi-Metallic, and MMC Components
Research as you’ve never seen it before:  Royal Institution to exhibit stunning images and compelling stories from Research as Art
Seven stunning images, and the fascinating stories behind them – such as a dream about getting the blame unfairly, and how to tell which fish are the most devious – are to go on show at the Royal Institution, in an exhibition of entries for the Research as Art competition, run for the past six years at Swansea University.
The exhibits will be on show to the public at the Royal Institution’s historic building in Mayfair from Monday 3 September for around 4 months.  
The exhibition will include the overall winner, Crab blood and collaborations”, a microscope image of crab blood, which shows what the researchers describe as “the beauty of the crystalline blood cells and jewel-like parasites”.
The winning entry was submitted by Frances Ratcliffe of Swansea University College of Science.  She works on the BlueFish project, an EU-funded collaboration between researchers in Wales and Ireland which studies how fish and shellfish respond to climate change.  One of the subjects being examined by the researchers is disease suffered by shellfish and edible crabs.
Research as Art is the only competition of its kind, open to researchers from all subjects, and with an emphasis on telling the research story, as well as composing a striking image.
It offers an outlet for researchers’ creativity, revealing the hidden stories and attempts to humanise science and research.  The project also celebrates the diversity, beauty, and impact of research at Swansea University – a top 30 research university.
A record 97 entries were received from researchers across all Colleges of the University.
A distinguished judging panel of senior figures from the Royal Institution, Nature and Research Fortnight magazine selected seven winners.  Along with the overall winner, there were four judges’ awards, and two awards for researchers from other institutions for best national and international entry. 
Janet Gbur, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, was the winner of the competition’s External International Award. Her entry, depicting a colorful microscopic view of a nonmetallic inclusion in Nitinol wire from her dissertation work, is among those on display in London and was also featured with the other winners by BBC News.
Competition founder and director Professor Richard Johnston, professor in materials science and engineering at Swansea Universitysaid:  
“Research as Art is an opportunity for researchers to reveal hidden aspects of their research to audiences they wouldn’t normally engage with. This may uncover their personal story, their humanity, their inspiration, and emotion. 
It can also be a way of presenting their research process, and what it means to be a researcher; fostering dialogue, and dissolving barriers between universities and the wider world.”
Gail Cardew, Professor of Science, Culture and Society at the Royal Institution, said:
“As one of the judges for the Research as Art competition, I wanted to give more people the opportunity to have a peek at them. Not only are some of the images simply stunning, but the beauty also lies in the fact that they are combined with a narrative that explains the work and puts it into context.
The result is a collection of images that make us think more deeply about what it's like to be a researcher - we are able to glimpse their motivations, their frustrations and their achievements. Visitors to the Ri over the coming months certainly have a treat in store.” 
The Royal Institution is one of the pre-eminent scientific establishments in the UK, with a long history of public engagement with science. It is most famous for the number and significance of the scientific advances made in its building, its annual Christmas Lectures, started by John Millington in 1825, and increasingly for its fast-growing YouTube channel providing viewers with an in-depth exploration of science.


Mohsen Seifi, doctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been awarded one of three 2014 American Society for Testing and Materials International Graduate Scholarships. He was recently recognized at the ASTM Fall Meeting in New Orleans, where he officially accepted the award from James Thomas, President of ASTM International.
Established in 2009 to coincide with ASTM’s Year of the Professor initiative, the ASTM International Graduate Scholarship rewards graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest in or involvement with ASTM International standards. The objective of the ASTM scholarship program is to enhance a student’s knowledge, understanding and application of ASTM International and its standards. The organization awards up to four $10,000 scholarships each year.

Janet Gbur, a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, placed first in the Student Presentation Competition sponsored by the ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture held during ASTM Committee Week in New Orleans, Louisiana in November. She is pictured above with advisor, Professor John Lewandowski (left) and Chair, Professor James McGuffin-Cawley (right).
Janet was presented with the M.R. 'Mitch' Mitchell Best Student Presentation Award and a monetary award of $200. The event was open to graduate and undergraduate students working in the area of fatigue and fracture mechanics.

Her talk, "Review: Fatigue and Fracture of Wires/Strands/Cables in Biomedical Applications," was the result of a three-year effort with advisor John Lewandowski, Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, collecting fatigue data for wire-based systems used in biomedical devices. She is an active member of E08 and Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing and was also a recipient of the 2012 ASTM International Project Grant for her work on "Mechanical Characterization of 316 LVM Wires."



Members of the Graduate Materials Society took a moment to interact with alumni and faculty at the Case Alumni Association’s reception during MS&T in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pictured (left to right) are Amirali Zangiabadi, Christian Dalton, Matt Dahar, Azin Akbari, Janet Gbur, Henry Neilson, Maryam Zahiri Azar, and Mohsen Seifi.