Materials variation has been a reality that designers have lived with, but, have not yet quantitatively optimized around. Typical industry methods of characterizing engineering steel materials variation have been ineffective in enabling optimization of design. Pragmatic analytical methods for describing local stresses in highly loaded, cyclically fatigued components have been developed that allow maximization of power density using clean steels. Coupled together, advancing materials uncertainty quantification and quantifying the impact of that uncertainty on fatigue life allows for integrated design of the component and material.
Raymond V. Fryan serves as treasurer of the ASM International Board of Trustees. In this role, he is a steward of the financial health of ASM International as it executes the ASM Renewal. Ray was recently vice president of technology and quality at TimkenSteel Corporation where he safeguarded the TimkenSteel brand and the systems that deliver consistent quality. He also led the technology function, which produced industry award-winning products and industry recognized technical leaders. He is a career metallurgist, recognized across the steel industry, with a broad background in advancing steel manufacturing, supplier quality development, business development, quality performance, and materials technology. Over much of his career, Ray has championed continuous improvement, including Lean and LeanSixSigma improvement initiatives.
Ray holds a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from Grove City College and a master's degree and doctorate in material science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is a graduate of the Executive Development for Global Excellence program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is also a competitive distance runner and 11-time Boston Marathon finisher.
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