The Yoshiaki Arata Award, sponsored by the Japanese Delegation, was presented by Prof. Dr.-Eng. Yoshinori Hirata, Head of the Japanese Delegation, to Dr. Damian J. Kotecki (United States).
Dr. Damian J. Kotecki has conducted and published research on the welding of stainless steels for a period spanning more than 40 years. His research has included extension of the Ferrite Number system for determining ferrite content of nominally austenitic to duplex ferritic-austenitic stainless steel weld metals, placement of martensite boundaries on the WRC-1992 Constitution Diagram for stainless steel weld metals, effects of ferrite content on duplex stainless steel weld metal properties, and effects of post-weld heat treatment on duplex stainless steel weld metal properties. For nearly 25 years, he has lectured internationally on the welding metallurgy of stainless steels. He is co-author of the reference book Welding Metallurgy and Weldability of Stainless Steels.