The Thomas Medal, sponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS), was presented by Mr. William A. Rice, President of the American Welding Society, to Dr. Warren Miglietti, Chair of the American Council of IIW, who received the Award on behalf of Mr David R. Bolser (United States) who had been unable to attend IIW 2012-Denver.
For the past 32 years, Mr. David R. Bolser has contributed to the development and fabrication of aerospace structures made from titanium, stainless steel and aluminum alloys, in support of the following programs: Antisubmarine Rocket Launcher Guide, Harpoon Missile, HyFly Missile, Peacekeeper Propellant Tank, Space Station Freedom Propellant Tank, Space Shuttle's Aft Propulsion Subsystem, National Aerospace Plane, Tokamak Physics Experiment, Small Diameter Bomb, Massive Ordnance Penetrator, C-17, F-15, F-18, AV-8B, MD-11, 737, 787. His duties have also included the supervision of laboratories focused on welding development, metallography and mechanical testing.
The holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Welding Engineering from The Ohio State University, USA, Mr Bolser is a member of the American Welding Society (AWS) and an active participant in the IIW. In AWS, Mr. Bolser is a member of the AWS D1.1 titanium structure welding sub-committee. In addition, his aerospace welding sub-committee wrote AWS D17.3 Specification for Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum Alloys for Aerospace Applications. In IIW, he led the working group that wrote the ISO standard, entitled, ISO/FDIS 25239 Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum. Mr. Bolser is the holder of six patents related to welding technology.
Mr. Bolser is currently a member of the Materials, Processes and Structures Technology team in The Boeing Company’s Research and Technology division.