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Stephen Liu

  • Co-Director
  • Hill Hall Room 254
    320 15th Street
    Golden, CO 80401
  • 303-273-3796


Stephen Liu is a professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). He holds a degree in Industrial Chemistry from the Escola Técnica Federal de Minas Gerais and a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the Escola de Engenharia da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. He received his PhD degree in Metallurgical Engineering from CSM. Before joining the CSM faculty in 1987, Dr. Liu was a steel research metallurgist at ACESITA, an integrated steel mill in Brazil, and an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. 

Liu has authored 330 technical publications and reports. He has received several prestigious AWS honors, including the Comfort A. Adams Lecture Award, Honorary Membership Award, William Spraragen Award, McKay-Helm Award, Robert L. Peaslee Brazing Award, Charles H. Jennings Award, Adams Memorial Membership Award, and District Meritorious Award. He is an AWS Distinguished Member, was elected an AWS Fellow in 1996, and delivered the AWS Plummer Educational Lecture in 1998. 

Liu has received the ASME Special Achievement Award, ASME-OMAE Special Achievement Award, and the SAE Teetor Educational Award. He was elected an ASME Fellow in 1999 and an ASM Fellow in 2001. 

Prof. Liu has conducted collaborative research with international colleagues in many countries, including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and Venezuela. Dr. Liu has also extensively supported, participated and lectured in international topical conferences. 

Active in many professional societies, Dr. Liu is a member of the American Welding Society, ASM International, The Metallurgical and Materials Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers International, and the Japan Welding Society. Liu has served four terms as chairman of the ASME Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division, and ten years as editor-in-chief of the ASME Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering. He currently chairs the AWS Technical Papers Committee and was a member of the Chapter Council of ASM International. Dr. Liu is a professional member of the Institute of Materials and a Chartered Professional Engineer registered with the Engineering Council, United Kingdom.