Established by the committee in honor of its first chair, this award is given for outstanding accomplishments in the science and technology of reactive and refractory metals and alloys.
An ASTM International member since 2005, Beckwith had a rich career in reactive metal fabrication through the 1980s and 1990s prior to retiring in 1998. After working with companies such as Futura Metals and Pfaudler, he became co-owner of Cosmos Mineral Corp in 1987. In the late 1990s, he moved into a vice presidency role and then consultancy with Astrocosmos.
Beckwith graduated from UCLA in 1980 with a degree in chemical engineering.