The Metallurgical Society will present its top educator award for 1988 to Milton E. Wadsworth, one of the nation's leading metallurgists and dean of the University of Utah College of Mines and Earth Sciences.

Wadsworth will receive the award March 1 at the society's 118th annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.TMS makes the award annually to the individual who has made the strongest contribution to education in metallurgical engineering, materials science and engineering.

In February, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers will install Wadsworth as its president-elect-designate. He will become president in 1991. AIME is the parent organization of TMS.

Wadsworth's main areas of interest include surface chemistry of mineral systems, hydrometallurgy and the kinetics of extractive metallurgy processes. He and his students have most recently been actively involved in the application of electrochemistry to minerals systems.

In addition to serving as dean, Wadsworth is Distinguished Professor of Metallurgy, an appointment reflecting his pioneering contributions in development of the scientific basis for metallurgical engineering. The rank is reserved for individuals "whose achievements exemplify the highest goals of scholarship."

In 1979, Wadsworth was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor an engineer can receive. His previous honors include the James Douglas Medal for distinguished contributions in non-ferrous metallurgy, the Society of Mining Engineers' Distinguished Service Award, the Governor's Medal for Science and Technology, a Henry Krumb lectureship and both the university's Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Research awards.

Wadsworth joined the U. faculty in 1948. He was the college's associate dean for eight years before becoming dean in 1983. He served twice as chairman of the department of metallurgy and metallurgical engineering.