The Rise of Metals: Metallurgical Engineering Through the Ages

The Rise of Metals: Metallurgical Engineering Through the Ages

Metals have been used by mankind to create aesthetic and structural materials for thousands of years. Metallurgists have developed these materials throughout history, from early smelting and forging processes in the Bronze Age to more recent advancements in “supermetals” production and green processing techniques. In this webinar, we will outline how metal alloys and metallurgical engineering have changed over time, driven by socioeconomic demands and technological breakthroughs, and look ahead to how modern structural metals might advance in the future. We will also discuss the importance of metal as a structural material and show how metals can be engineered to produce certain properties.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize how metallurgy and metal alloys have evolved over time.
  • Discuss the difference between types of metals.
  • Understand the importance of metal as a structural material.
  • Identify key properties of metals and how they can be controlled.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Alan Humphreys
Alan Humphreys | Senior Technical Manager

Alan Humphreys is a metallurgical engineer specializing in failure analysis and structural assessment for degraded materials systems caused by corrosion, fracture and fatigue, or wear. He has an extensive technical background in laboratory testing and analysis to ASTM International, NACE International, and American Petroleum Institute standards, including the design of fitness for purpose experimentation. He works on a range of projects involving structures, petrochemical, transportation, and materials processing.