Dr. Wayne L. Worrell, professor emeritus of materials science and engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, passed away on February 18, 2012, at his home in Penn Valley; he was 74.
Dr. Worrell established an international reputation for high temperature materials research through his work on corrosion mechanisms of Ni and Co alloys, studies of high temperature oxidation resistant composites and coatings, and the electrochemical behavior of oxide components in solid oxide fuel cells. His work led to more than 110 papers, 10 patents and 26 doctoral theses. As a professor he mentored over 40 graduate students and 30 post-doctoral fellows and visiting professors.
In addition to his research contributions to electrochemical science, Dr. Worrell was very active with the Electrochemical Society. He served as president of the Society in 1992, vice president and executive committee member from 1989-1992, a member of the board of directors in 1989-1993 and served on several of their committees. In 1996 he was elected honorary member of the society. The society has recognized his research and service through numerous awards. These include the Carl Wagner Memorial Award; the Solid State Science and Technology Award and the Edward Acheson Medal, the highest award offered by the society. Dr. Worrell was also Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and ASM international (the Materials Information Society).
At Penn Engineering, Dr. Worrell also served as chair of the department of materials science and engineering (1996-1998) and associate dean of graduate education and research (1986-1992).
Dr. Worrell received his bachelor of science degree in 1953 and his PhD in 1963 from MIT, both in metallurgy. After two years as a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor of metallurgy in 1965. He was promoted to associate professor in 1967 and to full professor of materials science and engineering in 1974.
Dr. Worrell is survived by his wife, Judy; children, Fred and Caroline; and six grandchildren, Marion, William, Peyton, Daniel, Lauren Grier and Lauren Elizabeth.
Memorial donations may be made to University of Pennsylvania School of
Engineering & Applied Science, 220 South 33rd St., Towne Bldg., Philadelphia, PA
19104-6391 or to Friends of Acadia (National Park), 43 Cottage St. #D, Bar
Harbor, ME 04609 or to Electrochemical Society, 65 South Main St. Bldg. D,
Pennington, NJ 08534-2839.