The Fellow honor is the highest honor AWS bestows on individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of welding science and technology. Founded in 1919, the AWS is the premier professional organization of over 70,000 members worldwide that seeks to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes.
Yoni has a stellar reputation for sustained professionalism and career accomplishments in the field of materials joining and in materials joining/welding education and research.
For nearly two decades, Yoni has taught welding and joining processes, metallurgy, design, power systems and nondestructive testing at LeTourneau University. He also holds the university's first endowed chair at LETU, the Omer Blodgett Chair of Welding and Materials Joining Engineering, which he has held since 1998. Some of his contributions are in the areas of solid-state weldability of high performance steel for bridges, including friction stir welding and high frequency welding hybrid process development. He has co-authored a patent and is co-author on two more pending patents.
His dedication to his profession and to our students at LETU have blessed a generation of LETU engineering alumni. We are thankful for him and for the award the AWS has bestowed on him this week.