Elected in 2000
“For accomplishments in metallurgical research and industrial practice, and for teaching, supervising, and inspiring students, researchers, and industrial colleagues.”
BY JAMES A. BRIERLEY AND CORALE L. BRIERLEY
RONG-YU WAN, a world-class metallurgical engineer, died September 22, 2009.
Dr. Wan received her B.S. in chemical engineering in 1952 from Chiao Tung University in Shanghai, China. After graduation she became fully involved in China’s industrial reconstruction. She was a process engineer with Engineering for Nonferrous Metallurgical Industries from 1953 to 1957. From 1958 to 1964 she was project manager at the Beijing Mineral Processing Research Institute. She then served from 1964 to 1980 at the Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy as research scientist, supervisor, and chief of metallurgy.
In 1980, at the age of 48, Dr. Wan made a courageous decision to temporarily leave her family and immigrate to the United States to further her career in metallurgy through graduate studies with Professor J. D. Miller (NAE) at the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. in metallurgy and metallurgical engineering in 1984. Her family, husband Ke-Zhong Wang and son Joseph, then joined her in Salt Lake City to begin a new life in the United States, where she served as a research associate professor at the University of Utah until 1987.