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Armstrong, Dr. Ronald W.

Armstrong, Dr. Ronald W.
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests 

  • Strength and structure of materials
  • Dislocation modeling, crystallography
  • X‑ray diffraction topography
  • Single crystal/polycrystal deformation/fracturing
  • Explosive crystals
  • Dynamic plasticity
  • Fracture toughness
  • Hardness testing
  • Prosthetic devices
  • Electronic materials


  • Postdoctoral Studies, Leeds University, UK, 1959
  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1958
  • B.E.S., Johns Hopkins University, 1955

Honors and Awards 

  • AIME Robert Lansing Hardy Gold Medal for 1962
  • Senior Fulbright‑Hays Fellow, New Zealand, 1974
  • NATO Advanced Study Institute Lecturer, England 1979, Crete 1985
  • Who's Who in America, 1982‑89
  • Liaison Scientist, Office of Naval Research‑London, UK 1982‑1984, 1991
  • Visiting Research Fellow, now Life Member, Clare Hall, Univ. Cambridge, UK, 1984
  • Symposium in Honor of Professor Ronald W. Armstrong, Dynamic Deformation: Constitutive Modeling, Grain Size, and Other Effects, TMS 2003, 132nd Annual Meeting and Exhibition, 3/2-6/2003, San Diego, CA; see Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 35A, 2545-2745 (2004).
  • DYMAT John Rinehart Award, 2015
  • Invited to present/publish more than 50 technical papers in Symposia, among more than 300 technical journal and symposium publications.

Professional Memberships and Service 

  • Fellow - American Society for Metals
  • Life Member - Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • Honorary Member - Materials Research Society of India and Indian Institute of Metals
  • Member - American Physical Society; American Society for Materials; The (TMS) Minerals, Metals and Materials Society; and, Materials Research Society.

Selected Publications 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (among ~350 in journals, books and proceedings)

Related News 

The MDPI Crystals journal Special Issue "Crystal Indentation Hardness," co-edited by R.W. Armstrong, S.M. Walley and W.L Elban, has been recently issued as an MDPI open access e-book: ISBN 978-3-03842-968-5 (PDF), 326 pages. A hard copy of the e-book, co-edited with S.M. Walley and W.L. Elban, is also available. To download the e-book, click here. To purchase a hard copy of the e-book, click here.