AFRL materials engineer receives prestigious ASTM International Award of Merit, Fellowship

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Dr. Andrew Rosenberger of the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate was honored with the ASTM International Award of Merit on May 3, 2016, in San Antonio for his distinguished service and exceptional committee work in the area of metals fatigue and fracture. 

A recognized expert in the area of mechanical behavior of materials, Rosenberger leads the Engine Organic Life Assessment program, an effort to demonstrate the ability to organically determine and extend the useful life of F100-220 engine fracture-critical components using existing data.

Rosenberger also applies his expertise to the study of fatigue and crack growth in high-temperature metals found in gas turbine engines.  He has assisted numerous Air Force engine program offices to help solve issues that affect the performance or durability of fracture-critical components.

ASTM International is a largely volunteer organization that develops and delivers standards used around the world to improve product quality and build consumer confidence. The Award of Merit is the highest award bestowed upon an individual member.  Recipients of this award also receive the honorary title of ASTM Fellow.  Rosenberger was nominated by the society's Technical Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, where he has served as an active member for over 20 years, contributing a vast body of knowledge and expertise.

"It is a tremendous honor to receive this award from ASTM," said Rosenberger.  "Research and standards in this area are vital to the future of the Air Force as we seek to improve our methods of assessing and determining fatigue durability and damage tolerance of turbine engines and aircraft structures."

Each ASTM International committee may nominate only one member annually for consideration for the Award of Merit and accompanying Fellowship.  The honor is bestowed to less than two-tenths of one percent of the society's active membership annually.

ASTM International comprises over 30,000 professionals from over 140 countries.  The more than 12,000 technical standards set by the society are geared toward improving performance in manufacturing and materials, products and processes, and systems and services.