Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient
Institute of Technology, May 7, 2010
Morris E. Fine received a bachelor of science (1940) and a master of science (1942) in metallurgical engineering and a Ph.D. (1943) in physical metallurgy from the University of Minnesota. He is considered to be one of the giants of the Materials Science and Engineering community, nationally and internationally. Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern, he worked on the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago and Los Alamos, New Mexico and spent eight years at Bell Labs. During his fifty-five year tenure at Northwestern, he established the first Materials Science and Engineering Department in the world and served in numerous leadership positions. Even after "retirement," he continues to educate students, write proposals, conduct research, give presentations, and publish papers. He has published over 300 scientific articles, served as the Ph.D. thesis advisor to about 70 graduate students, and is credited with the discovery of a new steel, which was selected to build a new bridge in Illinois. He has been recognized with many prestigious awards including multiple Gold Awards from societies such as the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), the American Society for Metals (ASM) and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). In 2003, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Science.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.