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    Alan W. Cramb, PhD - Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Alan W. Cramb, PhD

    Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Office: PH-223

    Phone: 312.567.3106
    Fax: 312.567.7018
    Email: cramb@iit.edu
    Web: Office of the Provost
         

    Expertise

    Education

    • B.Sc. with Honors in Metallurgy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
    • Ph.D. in Materials Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1979

    Research

    Studies of the Initial Solidification Behavior of Steels
    In this work phenomena that occur during the first 10 milliseconds of solidification are studied by measuring heat transfer rates of droplets contacting water cooled copper molds.

    Studies of the Solidification Behavior of Liquid Oxides
    Liquid oxides can be deeply undercooled before crystallization. In this work the double hot thermocouple technique is used to help elucidate heterogeneous nucleation phenomena.

    Studies of the Effect of Inclusion Chemistry on Solidification Behavior
    In this work the criteria for effective nucleants for low carbon steels will be determined.

    Clean Steel Production
    The fundamental issues involved in inclusion removal from liquid steels are studied with particular emphasis on separation at the slag-metal interface.

    Initial Solidification Phenomena in a Continuous Casting Mold
    The detailed nature of solidification within a continuous casting mold is being studied with particular attention to the formation of oscillation marks.

    Current Projects

    Awards/Honors

    • J. Keith Brimacombe Memorial Lecture AIST (2013)
    • Champion H. Mathewson Award (2008) Most notable contribution to metallurgical science as a co-author of the papers: ďA Mold Simulator for the Continuous Casting of Steel: Part I. The Development of a Simulator," Met Trans B, 2005, Vol. 36 B, No. 3, pp. 355-372 and "A Mold Simulator for the Continuous Casting of Steel: Part II. The Formation of Oscillation Marks during the Continuous Casting of Low Carbon Steel," Met Trans B, 2005, Vol. 36 B, No. 3, pp. 373-383
    • A Frank Gollic Memorial Lecturer - Missouri University of Science and Technology (2007)
    • Howe Memorial Lecturer Award (2007) Named plenary lecturer for annual AIST steelmaking conference
    • TMS Distinguished Career Award - TMS Hudson-Mohawk Chapter (2006)
    • Named as a Bao Steel "Honorary" Professor (2006)
    • John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering,
    • Carnegie Lecturer, ASM, Pittsburgh (2003)
    • Benjamin F. Fairless Award - Award of AIME (2003)
    • John Elliott Lecturer - Major Award of ISS/TMS (2002)
    • J. B. Austin Award of ISS (2001), Presidential recognition award
    • Charles H. Herty Award of ISS (2000), Best paper award
    • Distinguished Member and Fellow of ISS (2000)
    • Posco Chair in Iron and Steelmaking, Carnegie Mellon University (1997)
    • John Farrel Award of ISS, in recognition of leadership in the Process Technology Division of ISS
    • Benjamin Richard Teare Award of CIT at CMU, (1995), engineering educational award of university
    • Iron and Steel Society Professor (1992-8), recognition award for excellence in steel research
    • Outstanding Young Member - Pittsburgh ASM, (1990)
    • Institute Medal of AISI (1987), Best paper award
    • Robert W. Hunt Silver Medal of ISS (1987), Best paper award
    • Steelmaking Conference Award of ISS (1986), Best paper award
    • Institute Medal of AISI (1986), Best paper award
    • Charles H. Herty, Jr. Award of ISS (1986), Best paper award
    • Frank B. McKune Award of ISS (1984), Best paper award
    • British Steel Corporation Prize- Student Award at Strathclyde University (1975)

    Patents

    Books

    Selected Publications

    Professional Society Memberships

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