Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Ashley Spear was recently awarded the Early Career Faculty Fellow Award by TMS (The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society).  The award is given annually to an assistant professor “for his or her accomplishments that have advanced the academic institution where employed, and for abilities to broaden the technological profile of TMS.”  As part of the award, Spear delivered a lecture to an audience of young professionals in her field at the annual TMS meeting held in San Antonio, Texas.  Her lecture was entitled, “Data-Driven Materials Science: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities.”  Spear accepted the award during an awards ceremony held on March 13 in San Antonio.

Pictured: Mechanical engineering assistant professor Ashley Spear accepting the TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award from TMS President Kevin Hemker.

“I feel very fortunate and humbled to receive this honor,” says Spear. “The award is really a reflection of the hard work of my students and of mentors who have helped me along the way.”

In addition to the TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award, Spear has previously received the Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research as well as the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.  To learn more about Spear and her research group, visit the website for her lab, the Multiscale Mechanics & Materials Lab.