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A D V A N C E D M A T E R I A L S & P R O C E S S E S | F E B R U A R Y / M A R C H 2 0 1 7

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ASM and Leica Microsystems Announce

Educational Partnership

ASM International and Leica Microsystems, Buffalo

Grove, Ill., recently announced a new educational partner-

ship. ASM will host classroom programs using inverted and

digital microscopes for inspection and analysis in metal-

lography, manufacturing, and materials research through

this partnership. These programs will rely on sophisticated

equipment from Leica Microsystems, including the Leica

DMi8 modular inverted microscope system for materials

science and the Leica DMS300 digital microscopy system, as

well as Leica LAS X advanced measurement and image anal-

ysis software. The partnership will provide learning oppor-

tunities for new imaging and inspection techniques.


This profile series introduces leading materials scientists

from around the world who happen to be females. Here we

speak with Janet Sater, FASM, research staff member at the

Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).

What does your typical workday look like?

I don’t know if there is such a thing as a typical day. I

work in the science and technology

division (STD) of a not-for-profit,

federally funded research and

development center chartered to

work only for the Department of

Defense (DoD) and its associated

agencies. STD provides objective,

independent analyses of science

and technology issues related to

national security for our DoD sponsors. The range of topics

on which we work is very broad and includes energy, optics,

materials and armor, robotic systems, training, and human

factors, among others. We also work with other divisions in

our company that are focused on system and operational

testing, cost analysis, and so forth. I might work on multiple,

widely different projects on any given day.

What part of your job do you like most?

I love that I am continually learning something new. My

graduate school research efforts were focused on aspects of

aluminummetallurgy. Since I started working at IDA, however,

my efforts have barely touched on aluminum. My work has

focused on numerous other materials and structures includ-

ing polymer composites for spacecraft; high-temperature

metal matrix composites for turbine engines; smart materials,

devices, and structures for space, air, and underwater systems;

robotics; advanced manufacturing processes; biological mate-

rials for camouflage; and material supply chains and more.

Pretty cool for ametallurgist, but also challenging and fun.

What attracted you to engineering?

I began my college career in biology with the intent of

becoming a marine biologist. Because I like working with my

hands and am very practical, I changed majors to engineering,

but I wondered which field? My father, an electrical engineer,

worked for a company that employed all kinds of engineers,

and he arranged several meetings for me. Metallurgical engi-

neering seemedmost interesting tome. I amvisually-oriented,

and the idea that I couldmix up some elements and chemicals

to create a metal and then look at it under a microscope and

knowwhy it looked thatwaywas very appealing. I never looked

back. I finished my undergraduate degree in three and a half

years including an honors research project, and then headed

to graduate school at Purdue University for master’s and Ph.D.

degrees. I’ve been very happy withmy choices.

What are you working on now?

I always have several projects going at the same time. I

recently finished a study on the supply chain for a particular

metal for a defense agency and I am currently completing

a survey of best practices by government and industry for

international technology exchange and transfer.

If a young person approached you for career advice

about pursuing engineering, what would you tell them?

Take all themath and science you can take in high school.

Those fundamentals will serve you well whatever engineering

field you choose. Find your passion. Be fearless in exploring the

new and different. Develop good communication skills, both

oral andwritten. Ask questions. Listen thoughtfully andwith an

openmind. Network—and not only electronically. Get involved

in relevant professional societies. Find good mentors, includ-

ing peers, advisors, bosses, and people you admire.


Cooking, crafts (especially sewing, quilting, and bead-

ing), photography, reading, travel.

Last book read?

Candice Millard’s “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roos-

evelt’s Darkest Journey.”

Would you like to be featured in an upcoming Women in Engi-