Awards Night

Monday May, 13 2013

Technical Chair:  Mark Sherman

5:45 Social/Networking/Science Fair Displays
6:30 Buffet Dinner
7:15 Chapter and Science Fair Awards Presentation
7:30 Presentation:  Forensics of Materials Science

“Forensics of Materials Science”, by Dr. Sue Kazanjian

This talk will present some of the methods, materials and interesting cases encountered by the FBI Laboratory’s Metallurgy Group.The FBI Laboratory was created in 1932 and today is one of the largest and most comprehensive crime laboratories in the world. Now situated in a ~500,000 sqft facility specifically designed for enhanced security and evidence control, the Laboratory employs over 800 special agents, professional staff and contractors to conduct scientific analysis of physical evidence in support of federal and non-federal justice systems.

Specialized scientific and technical support regarding metals production, use and abuse is offered by the Metallurgy Group, which is part of the Chemistry Unit. Casework involves physical and chemical analysis of metals, including the identification of alloy class, grade, processing and service history. The Metallurgy Group also performs failure analysis, lamp bulb examinations, radiography, mechanical properties testing and other examinations associated with metal debris, damage and degradation. Members of the group perform this work in compliance with the FBI Laboratory’s accreditation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board. The group also participates in The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing, working to define international specifications for testing mechanical properties of materials.

Dr. Sue Kazanjian has served the FBI Laboratory as a metallurgist for the past eight years. Criminal investigators around the world seek the FBI Laboratory’s aid deciphering the identity and meaning of metal evidence. From analyzing fragments the size of sand for precious metal content to determining the cause of damage to bridge abutments, Sue uses classical metals analysis techniques to help answer questions for international, federal, state and local law enforcement. When called by the court, she also testifies to the results of her examinations.

As a member of the FBI Laboratory’s Hazardous Evidence Analysis Team (HEAT), Sue also deploys for evidence retrieval from air and rail disasters, and from breaches in critical US and foreign infrastructure. She works at partner laboratories to examine evidence that may be contaminated by chemical warfare agents, radiation and other life-threatening hazards. She also supports the counterterrorism mission of the FBI by examining evidence associated with improvised explosive devices (IED’s).  This provides the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) useful lead information, as well as case substantiation for trial support.

Before joining the FBI Laboratory, Dr. Kazanjian worked for over 20 years in private industry, government laboratories and university research centers, developing a unique combination of technical abilities and practical knowledge that she now applies to evidence examination.  These practical skills are supported by the sound foundation of theoretical education earned pursuing her degrees in Materials Science and Engineering: Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.


Meeting Location

ASM World Headquarters
9639  Kinsman Road
Materials Park, OH










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Registration costs are:
Members & Guests:
•$25 Pre-registered
•$30 walk-in/not registered

Retired members:
•$15 Pre-registered
•$20 walk-in/not registered

Students (excluding award winners) pay $10

Attendance at Cleveland Chapter Technical Meeting can count for 1 credit hour of continuing education for Profession Engineering Certification.  Please indicate on your registration form if you would like a CPD certificate.

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Cleveland Chapter Award Winners:

Award of Distinction:  Prof. John Lewandowski, FASM, CWRU
Distinguished Service Award:  Sunniva Collins, FASM
Outstanding Company Support Award:  CSA OnSpex
President’s Award:  Mark Sherman, Swagelok
Technical Educator Award:  NimaZaaeed, Lakewood High School (presented in April)
Young Member Award:  Ian Kidd, CWRU

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