David R. Gaskell Memorial Lectures

Event Date: May 9, 2014
Speaker: Dr. John Speer and Dr. Nick Medendorp, Jr.
Sponsor: School of Materials Engineering
Type: David R. Gaskell Memorial Lecture
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Location: PMU West Faculty Lounge
Contact Phone: 765-494-4100
Contact Email: staceyl@purdue.edu

David R. Gaskell (1940-2013): Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at Purdue University since 1982, was a pioneer in the areas of thermodynamics and kinetics of metallurgical processes. Over the course of his career he has influenced generations of students who credit their success in the field to his mentoring.

Dr. John Speer is the John Henry Moore Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and Director of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He received his undergraduate degree in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from Lehigh University (1980) and his doctorate in physical metallurgy from the University of Oxford, UK (1983). Dr. Speer joined the CSM faculty in 1997, after previous employment at Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Homer Research Laboratories, and served as Associate Vice-President for Research at Mines from 2008-2013 when he became Director of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center, an industry/university cooperative research center, where he is actively involved in fundamental and applied research related to alloying and processing in ferrous systems, with a focus on microstructure development.

Dr. Nick Medendorp, Jr., is serving as Vice President of Research and Development for Cree, Inc. He is responsible for product development, engineering, compliance and advanced technology development for the LED Lighting Division. He joined Cree in 2004 during the creation of the LED Components division, serving previously as the Director of Operations, Director of Research and Development, and Director of Marketing. Prior to joining Cree, Nick held a variety of engineering and management positions at Agility Communications, Inc. (acquired by JDSU, Inc.) and Motorola, Inc. Nick has a BS, MS, and PhD in Materials Engineering from Purdue University.