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William Weber, Governor’s Chair professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) through the Division of Materials Physics.

Weber was nominated for his seminal contributions and scientific leadership in the materials physics of defects, defect processes, ion-solid interactions and radiation damage processes in ceramics.

APS members are eligible for nomination. Once nominated, the Fellowship committee of the APS division — the Division of Materials Physics in Weber’s case — evaluates the nomination. After its review, the candidates are elected by APS Council. According to the APS website, “fellowship is therefore a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers.”

In March 2010, Weber was named the eighth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for radiation effects on materials. He earned his B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, in 1971, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1972 and 1977, respectively.