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Virginia Osterman

is a senior scientist at Solar Atmospheres. She has a Ph.D. in chemistry and more than 20 years of professional experience in materials and materials processing. Her work in the Solar R&D group includes responsibility for design and improvement of vacuum heating processes for Solar Atmospheres and its customers. She has focused on raw material processing, most prominently, hydriding and dehydriding of titanium, tantalum, and niobium. She has developed and currently teaches an ASM course in vacuum heat treating, geared toward operators and non-scientists, offered at ASM headquarters twice a year. For more information, email Osterman at ginny@solaratm.com or visit www.solaratm.com.

Gas Nitriding of Titanium