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Arden L. Bement, Jr. papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 66, Placement: 08
Identifier: MSF 530

Content Description

The manuscript, "Memoirs of an Insatiable Technologist", is a detailed description of Arden L. Bement Jr.’s personal and professional life. It covers his genealogy, starting in the 17th century and his life history starting at his birth in 1932 through 2013. The manuscript contains 14 chapters, and 171 pages. Chapter 10 and 13 are related to his tenure at Purdue University. His first appointment at Purdue was from 1992-2001 with the School of Materials Engineering, and his last appointment was Director of the Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI) from 2010-2013.


  • 2013

Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

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Access Information

The collection is open for research.

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Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Arden Lee Bement Jr. (born May 22, 1932) is an American engineer and scientist and has served in executive positions in government, industry and academia . He is a former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Advanced Technology, Chief Technical Officer of TRW, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Following the end of his six-year term at NSF, on June 1, 2010 he became the founding director of the Global Policy Research Institute and Chief Global Affairs officer at Purdue University (Arden L. Bement Jr.).

Dr. Bement joined the Purdue faculty in 1992 after a 39-year career in industry, government and academia. His positions included: vice president of technical resources and of science and technology for TRW Inc. (1980-1992); deputy under secretary of defense for research and engineering (1979-1980); director, Office of Materials Science, DARPA (1976-1979); professor of nuclear materials, MIT (1970-1976); manager, Fuels and Materials Department and the Metallurgy Research Department, Battelle Northwest Laboratories (1965-1970); and senior research associate, General Electric Co. (1954-1965). He has also been a director of Keithley Instruments Inc. and the Lord Corp. and a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee for the Howmet Corp., a division of ALCOA.

He has earned numerous awards and served in diverse government advisory roles, including: head of the NIST Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology; head of the advisory committee for NIST's Advanced Technology Program; member of the Board of Overseers for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; chair of the Commission for Engineering and Technical Studies and the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Research Council; and member of the Space Station Utilization Advisory Subcommittee and the Commercialization and Technology Advisory Committee for NASA. He has consulted for the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory.

Dr. Bement holds an engineer of metallurgy degree from the Colorado School of Mines, a master's degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Idaho, a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, and honorary doctorates from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the Colorado School of Mines, as well as a Chinese Academy of Sciences Graduate School Honorary Professorship. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of Defense (National Science Foundation).

Sources: 1. Arden L. Bement Jr., 2. National Science Foundation,


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder in letter-size full-width manuscript box.)

Acquisition Information

Papers donated by Arden Bement, July, 2013.

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Processing Information

The original order of the materials has been retained whenever possible. All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.
Arden L. Bement, Jr. papers
Saad Mukhtar
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Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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