Distinguished Citizen 2016 - Alan Cramb (right) 

On August 1, 2015 Alan William Cramb became President of Illinois Institute of Technology. On July 12, 2016 he was awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Earlier this year he was inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Inventors. In 2014 he was elected into the National Academy of Engineering. 

Alan received his BS in Metallurgy from Strathclyde Univeristy, Glasgow, in 1975, his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and subsequently spent 7 years conducting and managing research within the steel industry. During 1986 he joined the faculty of the department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. In 1997 he was awarded the POSCO Chair at CMU. In 2000, he became Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at CMU. 

In 2005 Alan was appointed the Dean of Engineering and the John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his role as Dean, he was responsible for current and future directions in research and education for one of the leading engineering schools in the USA. Alan joined IIT in 2008 as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and was also the Charles and Lee Finkl Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering until he became President. 

He is the author of over 200 publications and two patents. He is the recipient of the AISI Medal in 1985 and 1986 and the Robert Wollston Hunt Award of the Iron and Steel Society (AIST/ISS) in 1987. Cramb is a distinguished member or fellow of AIST, AIME, The American Society for Materials (ASM), The American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Iron and Steel Society of Japan (ISIJ).