2012 IIW AWARDS: Henry Granjon Prize

The Henry Granjon prizes were presented by Dr. Abdelkrim Chehaibou on behalf of the Institut de Soudure (French Welding Institute).

— Category A “Joining and Fabrication Technology”

The prize was awarded to Dr. Yi Huang (United States) for his paper, “Metal Transfer Control at Given Variables in Laser Enhanced Gas Metal Arc Welding.”
Dr. Yi Huang received his B.S. in Welding Engineering and M.S. in Materials Engineering (Welding Major) from the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Welding and Joining, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, P.R. of China, in 2004 and 2006, respectively. He later joined the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, in 2006 as a Research Assistant in the Welding Research Laboratory while also a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Huang successfully obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2011.
His major research interests include low heat-input welding, laser hybrid welding, laser welding and brazing, soldering, lead-free solder joint reliability assessment, welding process identification and control.
Dr. Huang is currently employed as a Welding Engineer at Roman Engineering Service, Livonia, Michigan, USA. His main responsibilities include welding process evaluation and optimization and on-site technical support. He has published approximately 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and was the recipient of the American Welding Society’s (AWS) A. F. Davis Silver Medal Award for Machine Design in 2011.

— Category B “Materials Behaviour and Weldability”

The prize was awarded to Dr. María Asunción Valiente Bermejo (Spain) for her paper, “Influence of the Alloy Level [Creq+Nieq] on the Transition between [Af] and [Fa] Solidification Modes in Austenitic Stainless Steel Weld Metals.”
Dr. María Asunción Valiente Bermejo was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with a major in Industrial Chemistry from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. She obtained her IIW International Welding Engineer (IWE) certificate in 2000 as well as her Master’s degree in Welding from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Her MSc thesis focused on aluminium GTAW.
For a period of 9 years, she worked and studied simultaneously, dividing her time and efforts between her job as a Technical Consultant and Quality Manager in a Spanish company with her external Ph.D. candidacy at UB. In 2010, she was awarded her Ph.D. for a mathematical model to forecast FN in austenitic stainless steel welds and for her research on the transition between solidification modes. It is the latter research work which received this year’s Henry Granjon Prize-Category B.
Since 2011, Dr. Valiente Bermejo has been an active member of IIW sub-Commissions IX-H and II-C. She is currently employed as an independent consultant and researcher.

— Category C “Design and Structural Integrity”

The prize was awarded to Dr. Majid Farajian (Germany) for his paper, “Welding Residual Stress Behavior under Mechanical Loading.”
Dr. Majid Farajian received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (Solid Mechanics) from the Tehran Polytechnic in Iran and his M.Sc. in Materials Processing from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden.
After completing his education as an International Welding Engineer (IWE), he started his academic career as a scientific researcher in the field of fatigue of welds at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and University West in Sweden. Since 2007, he has been conducting research on the role of residual stresses in the fatigue behavior of welds at the Institute of Joining and Welding in Braunschweig, Germany. Dr. Farajian was awarded his Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Braunschweig in 2011.
He is currently working on his post-doctoral project which was granted by the German research foundation (DFG) last year.