SOCORRO, N.M., July 5, 2001 -- Osman T. Inal, a professor of materials and metallurgical engineering at New Mexico Tech, recently was informed by ASM International, the Materials Information Society, that he had been chosen as a 2001 Fellow Member of the technical and professional organization.
As a Fellow of ASM International, Inal joins a select group of about 40 ASM members worldwide who are honored each year by the society for their outstanding accomplishments and distinguished contributions in the fields of metallurgy, materials science, and/or materials engineering.
Inal, a longtime chairman of New Mexico Tech's department of materials and metallurgical engineering, recently relinquished his duties as department chairman following five consecutive three-year stints to which he was unanimously selected by his fellow faculty members.
Inal's esteemed professional career at New Mexico Tech began nearly 30 years ago and has been marked by excellence in both teaching and research.
A world-renowned scientist, inventor, and innovator in the field of materials engineering, Inal has had over 190 research papers published and is the holder of several patents, many of them related to the correlation of microstructures to the properties of materials.
During his long tenure as chair of his department, he has supervised nearly 50 graduate students with thesis and dissertation topics in various areas of materials research.
Inal earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and his master's and doctorate degrees in metallurgical engineering from Columbia University in New York City.
Inal, the co-editor of the landmark textbook, "Frontiers in Materials Technologies," also recently was honored by the New Mexico Tech President's Club with its "Recognition Award."
In previous years, Inal has received the Distinguished Research Award from New Mexico Tech and was named an Eminent Scholar of New Mexico.
In addition to his teaching and research at New Mexico Tech, Inal currently serves as a senior research metallurgist with Tech's Research and Economic Development Division.