College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Fadi Abdeljawad honored with TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award


Fadi Abdeljawad of Clemson University will be honored with an award and have an opportunity to speak to an audience of some of the top experts in his field at the annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).

Abdeljawad is winning the society’s Early Career Faculty Fellow Award. He is set to receive the award during the society’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, scheduled for Feb. 27-March 3, 2022 in Anaheim, California.

Fadi Abdeljawad works with students in Fluor Daniel Engineering Innovation Building at Clemson University.

Abdeljawad is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering with a courtesy appointment in materials science and engineering.

“I thank all who have supported my career, including my nominators and my colleagues, and the TMS Foundation for its support,” Abdeljawad said. “TMS is one of the largest materials science professional societies in the U.S. It offers excellent opportunities to connect with colleagues and potential research partners and I look forward to vigorous, fruitful discussions at this year’s event.”

The award “recognizes 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,” according to the society’s website.

Abdeljawad’s research aims to better understand nanomaterials with a specific focus on interfaces. The research could help lead to a range of innovations, including new energy technologies, lighter and stronger structures, and miniaturized devices.

Abdeljawad’s work is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Department of Energy.

Plans call for Abdeljawad to give a broad-based, non-technical presentation during the annual meeting’s Young Professionals Luncheon. The award also covers expenses for two consecutive TMS annual meetings.

Atul Kelkar, chair of Clemson’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, said Abdeljawad’s award is well deserved.

“Dr. Abdeljawad is a dedicated researcher and educator,” Kelkar said. “This prestigious award is the latest in a series of outstanding achievements for him and a testament to his scholarship, teaching and impact. I offer him my most sincere congratulations.”

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