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Liu elected to National Academy of Engineering
C. T. Liu (hi-res image)
Election to this organization is considered to be one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
Liu was honored for his research that has advanced ordered metallic compounds from the laboratory into practice.
Academy membership honors those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice, including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice," and those who have demonstrated accomplishment in "the pioneering of new fields of engineering, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."
There are 2,174 U.S. engineers in the academy along with 172 foreign associates.
The ORNL researcher, who leads the laboratory's Alloying and Behavior Design group, has studied physical metallurgy and mechanical properties of intermetallic alloys and other high-temperature structural materials at ORNL since his arrival in 1967. Liu is also an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee.
He is considered a world authority on the subject of structural intermetallics. His research led to his 2003 election as a fellow of the World Technology Network. Liu earned the 2001 Acta Metallurgical Gold Medal. He has earned a World Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science Award, a distinguished inventor honor from Battelle Memorial Institute and is included on the list of 1,000 most cited physicists from 1981 until 1997.
Twenty-five patents based on his research were awarded between 1973 and 2003.
Liu received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from National Taiwan University and a master's degree and doctorate in engineering and materials science from Brown University.
He and his wife, Ta-Chang, reside in Oak Ridge. They have two children – Evelyn and Kent.
ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.