"Thermal Spray - A Remarkably Versatile Technology with Many Career Opportunities"
Dr. Mark F. Smith, FASM, TSS HoF
Retired, Sandia National Laboratories, US Department of Energy
This presentation will begin with a brief discussion of how Dr. Smith came to be involved in thermal spray R&D and how that provided important opportunities for professional advancement. This will be followed by a few interesting examples of fundamental and applied thermal spray R&D projects drawn from Dr. Smith' nearly 40 year career at Sandia National Laboratories. Finally, Dr. Smith will offer a few thoughts about alternative career paths related to thermal spray and the question of whether or not to pursue an advanced degree.