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Dr. Doru M. Stefanescu

Cudworth Professor of Engineering Emeritus


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  • Diploma Engineer, Metallurgical Engineering, University Politehnica Bucharest, Romania, 1965
  • Ph.D. (Doctor Eng. in Physical Metallurgy), University Politehnica Bucharest, Romania, 1973

Born November 15, 1942, Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania.

With The University of Alabama: Associate Professor (1980-1984) then Professor of Metallurgical Engineering (1984-1987), Distinguished University Research Professor and Director, Solidification Laboratory (1987 – 2005), Cudworth Professor of Engineering (2002 – 2005), then Emeritus (2005 – present)

With The Ohio State University: Ashland Designated Research Professor, Mat. Sci. and Eng. (2007 – 2010), then Emeritus (2010 – present)
Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison (1980)
Foundry Educational Foundation Key Professor (UA 1984 -2005 and OSU 2005 – 2010)

Elected a Fellow of the American Society for Metals International for “For fundamental contributions to the science of solidification through the modeling of solidification processes and the microstructural evolution of castings.” The efforts in solving the difficult physical problem of Particles Behavior at the Liquid /Solid Interface enjoyed significant publicity, following the experiment that he run on the Life and Microgravity Science Mission of the shuttle Columbia in June 1996, and the experiment conducted on the 4th United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-4) in November of 1997.

His vast industrial and academic experience was transferred to the community, through the publication of several books in this field. He was the organizer of the 6-th International Symposium on the Science and Processing of Cast Iron, held in Birmingham, Alabama in October 1998. According to Modern Casting (Dec. 1990, p.12), “Dr. Doru Stefanescu is one of the leading metalcasting researchers in the world.”

Advised 39 MSc and 17 PhD students at UA and OSU

Affiliated Areas
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Selected Publications

  • D.M. Stefanescu, G. Alonso, R. Gonzalez, R. Suarez, Hopper-skeletal and hemispherical crystallization of graphite in Fe-C-Si alloys, Carbon 164 (2020) 171-183
  • D.M. Stefanescu, The Meritocratic Ascendance of Cast Iron: from Magic to Virtual Cast Iron, Int. J. Metalcasting, 13 (2019) 726-752
  • D.M. Stefanescu, G. Alonso, P. Larrañaga et al., Reexamination of crystal growth theory of graphite in iron-carbon alloys, Acta mater. 139 (2017) 109-121
  • D.M. Stefanescu, G. Alonso, P. Larrañaga et al., On the crystallization of graphite from liquid Iron-Carbon-Silicon melts, Acta mater. 107 (2016) 102-126
  • D. M. Stefanescu, F. R. Juretzko, B. K. Dhindaw et al., Particle Engulfment and Pushing by Solidifying Interfaces: Part II. Microgravity Experiments and Theoretical Analysis, Metall. and Mat. Trans., 29A (1998) 1697—1706
  • D.M. Stefanescu Editor, ASM Handbook Vol. 1A Cast Iron Science and Technology, ASM Internation-al, Materials Park Ohio (2017)
  • D.M. Stefanescu, Science and Engineering of Casting Solidification, Third Edition Springer (2015)

Awards and Honors

  • Hoyt Memorial Lecture, Castexpo & Metalcasting Congress, AFS, Atlanta, April 28, 2019
  • Advances in the Sci.&Eng. of Casting Solidification: An MPMD Symp. Honoring D.M. Stefanescu, TMS 2015 114th Annual Meeting, March, 2015, Orlando, FL, USA
  • John Campbell Medal, Institute of Cast Metals Engineers, United Kingdom (2012)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Jönköping University, Sweden (2012)
  • Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences (2012)
  • The Joseph Seaman Gold Medal of the American Foundry Society (2011)
  • Special Merit Award, American Foundry Society, Cast Iron Division, Honorary Lecture, 115th Metalcasting Congress (2011)
  • Lumley Research Award, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University (2009)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Transylvania, Brasov, Romania (2001)
  • Award of Scientific Merit/AFS Alumnus, American Foundrymen’s Society (2000)
  • American Foundrymen’s Society Director’s and Foundry Educational Foundation Award (1999)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania (1998), Univ. Transylvania, Romania (2001), Jönköping Univ., Sweden (2012)
  • The Moody Blackmon Outstanding Professor Award, The University of Alabama (1997)
  • Fellow, American Society for Metals International (1997)
  • The Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Alabama (1990)
  • NASA Certificate of recognition for the creative development of a technical innovation (three in 1985, 1989)
  • Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, University of Alabama (1989)
  • University Research Fellow, University of Alabama (1984-1986)

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