Title : Role of Science in Metallurgical Technology
Speaker : Prof. Roger Doherty, Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, USA.
Abstract: In this talk, speaker present some thoughts based on more than five decades of academic research and industrial consultancy. After discussing briefly how science and engineering are both different but in many ways similar to each other, the talk will briefly review one or two of the major developments in metallurgical science in the last 100 years. The argument developed is that much progress has occurred not by the simple model of bright ideas from science research being directly and immediately applied to technology but from a lively and personal interplay between technological problems and their empirical observations and well designed science studying the ideas derived from technology. This can then lead to technological feed-back giving new progress in technology. This idea, based on a brief overview of some history, will then be illustrated by some of the projects in which, with other collaborators the speaker has worked on. Thus, this talk presents an argument for the academic value of industrial consultancy and other types of industrial interaction - such as that of IIT Bombay’s Steel Center.