The award will be presented during the combined PowderMet2024 (International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials) and AMPM2024 (Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy) conferences, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during the Opening General Session on 17 June.
Murphy is one of the world's few recognized experts in ferrous PM microscopy. He has been instrumental in developing sample preparation, characterization methods, and testing for both metal powders and PM components. He continues to perform a vital role in educating the industry about the effects of microstructure on the entire PM process. More recently, his research efforts have expanded to include the effects of microstructure with the additive manufacturing process.
He organized and coordinated the APMI International (APMI) PM Metallography Competition (1989–2008), and the Excellence in Metallography Awards (2009-present), and has served on the board of directors for the International Metallographic Society (IMS), where he has been active as a judge for the IMS Metallography Contest. In 2005, he received the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award and in 2007 the APMI Fellow Award.
An enthusiastic member of the MPIF Technical Conference Program Committee since 1990, Murphy co-chaired PowderMet2007, assisted with the development of the online Guide to PM Microstructures, and is a longtime instructor at several MPIF seminars and courses. He is also a member of the APMI International Journal of Powder Metallurgy Editorial Review Committee.
Murphy has authored/co-authored over 75 technical publications, including four MPIF Outstanding Technical Papers. Several of the publications are considered as guidebooks to proper sample preparation, etching, and analysis techniques. He was an adjunct faculty member of the Drexel University Evening College from 1983–1990.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of Kempton H Roll, founding executive director of MPIF, was established in 2007 to recognize individuals with outstanding accomplishments and achievements who have devoted their careers and a lifetime of involvement in the field of PM and related technologies. This will only be the fifth time the award has been given since its inception.