May 23, 2019
Dr. Arden Bement Jr., is the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering in the College of Engineering. He was just recently selected for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry.
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members are selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award. These special honorees are distinguished based on their longevity in their fields, their contributions they have made to society and the impact they have had on their industries. Dr. Bement will be will be honored at IAOTP’s 2019 Annual Awards Gala being held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas at the end of this year for not only this distinction but also for his selection as Top Educational Director of the Year.
Dr. Bement is being recognized for this distinction for having over 6 decades of professional experience as an American Engineer and Scientist. He has proven himself as an accomplished expert in several fields of science and engineering, and has demonstrated professional success in all of his past positions in government, industry and academia. Early in his industrial career he achieved the rank of senior research fellow at the AEC Hanford Laboratories operated by the General Electric Company and later became manager of both the metallurgy research and the fuels and materials departments at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory operated by the Battelle Memorial Institute. He was subsequently vice president and chief science and technical officer for TRW, a diversified space, defense, energy, and transportation company. Dr. Bement has also held board directorships at the Keithley Instrument Company, The Lord Corporation, and Radian Research Inc. In public service he served 27 years in the United States Army Corps of Engineers retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He was a councilman and mayor pro tem for the City of Richland Washington. Later he served in the federal government under six presidents: as director of DARPA’s materials science office, deputy under secretary of research and advanced technology in the Department of Defense, member of the National Science Board, director of the National Institute of Science and Technology in the Department of Commerce, and director of the National Science Foundation. Also, on behalf of the State Department he was co-chairman of the U.S commission for Science and Technology for UNESCO
His academic career included appointments as joint professor of nuclear engineering and materials science and engineering at M.I.T., where he directed a research program in thermonuclear fusion technology. Subsequently, he was appointed distinguished joint professor of materials engineering and electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University where he directed a high-temperature superconductivity research consortium of six Midwest universities, was head of the School of Nuclear Engineering, and after leave for government service, became inaugural director of Purdue’s Global Policy Research Institute. He also served on the board of visitors’ for the National Intelligence University in Bethesda, Maryland and as a trustee of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology near Moscow, Russia
Dr. Bement Jr. holds an engineer of metallurgy degree from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master’s Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Idaho, a Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and seven honorary doctorates from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Colorado School of Mines, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, University of Idaho, University of Macau, and the Michigan Technological University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami stated, “Choosing Dr. Bement for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. Dr. Bement’s incredible foresight, extensive knowledge, endless list of accomplishments and accolades are very impressive and we felt he would make an amazing asset to our organization. We are looking forward to celebrate all of his success at this year’s gala, and know we will be seeing more amazing accomplishments from this man.”
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Bement has been active in his community and recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to science and engineering. He has received many awards, accolades and has been featured in numerous publications multiple years in a row such Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. For 2019, Dr. Bement will be featured in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine and was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Educational Director of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). He was awarded the Imperial Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Star by the Emperor of Japan and Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the President of France. In addition he received the Distinguished Federal Executive Award from the White House, The Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Department of Defense, the William C. Redman Award from the Department of Commerce, and by Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana, he was inducted in the Council of the Sagamores of the Wabash.
During his career Dr. Bement was a sought after lecturer and active participant in arts and science organizations. He was founder and president of the Mid Columbia Arts Council, board member and vice president of the Cleveland Opera Company, board member of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, member of planning committees for the Cleveland Science Museum and Akron Invertors Hall of Fame, and president of the Indiana Academy of Science.
Looking back, Dr. Bement attributes his success to a passion for learning, mentors he has had along the way, and to his two extraordinarily gifted and supportive wives, his late wife Mary and current wife Louise. Dr. Bement says he has been blessed; he loves what he is doing and feels there is yet more to learn. During the course of his career he has traveled to all seven continents, visited the capitals of 33 countries, met and shook hands with 8 Presidents, and attended a banquet officiated by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. During his third trip to Antarctica, Dr. Bement inaugurated the Amundsen-Scott research station at the South Pole and met with Sir Edmund Hillary.
Dr. Bement keeps in touch with his extended family (currently numbering 85 and widely dispersed among fourteen states) by maintaining an illustrated family chronicle in lieu of extensive travel. This chronicle contains a genealogical record of Bement ancestry (dating back to 1635 when the first Bement settlers landed in America) and current photos and vignettes of the interests and achievements of family members. For the future, Dr. Bement hopes to maintain his interests in science, the arts, and philanthropy.
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