Professor C. Robert Kao of National Taiwan University’s Department of Materials and Science Engineering was awarded the TMS Brimacombe Medalist Award for his outstanding contribution to the study of phase equilibria and interfacial reactions in materials used in electronic devices on 18 February, 2014. The award recognizes accomplished and promising materials scientists and engineers, and serves as an antecedent to the society’s pinnacle awards.
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is an international organization that is dedicated to the study and promotion of materials and material engineering. TMS was established in 1871 and is currently one of the world’s largest as well as most historical associations in the world. The TMS annual meeting is also one of the world’s most important academic events in its field.
In addition to Professor Kao, several professors, scholars, and students from Taiwan were also present at this year’s event, which was held at the San Diego Convention Center between 16 to 20 of February.
Professor Kao graduated from NTU’s Department of Chemical Engineering in 1986 and has 19 years of experience working as an educator. His research interests include the thermodynamics and kinetics of interactions between material matter. Kao is currently a principal editor for the Journal of Materials Research and also serves as a visiting editor or has been listed among the editorial board of several international journal publications. Kao is also a recipient of one of the highest honors in the field of materials, the 2012 Fellow of the American Society for Metals (ASM). He has also been invited to deliver speeches at internationally acclaimed meetings and conferences on several occasions, and has served as speaker or discussion leader at the Gordon Research Conferences. His current h-index is 31.