Faculty and Staff

Meet our materials science and engineering faculty and staff

Chair

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Frank Ernst

Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering
Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Studies and engineers microstructures, interfaces and surfaces of metallic materials by novel methods of processing and microcharacterization

Faculty

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Laura Bruckman

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops predictive lifetime models for materials degradation related to stress conditions and induced degradation mechanisms evaluated by quantitative spectroscopic characterization of materials

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Jennifer Carter

Faculty Director, SCSAM
Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

deformation mechanisms of metals and metal-matrix composites; fatigue, fracture, and creep; failure analysis; electron microscopy; 3D microscopy; novel methodologies for multi-scale material characterization; data science and analytics; open science

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Roger French

Kyocera Professor
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Director, SDLE Research Center

Applies data science and analytics to energy and materials science research problems

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John Lewandowski

Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Nitinol Commercialization Accelerator
Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center (AMMRC)

Researches material reliability for biomedical and structural applications, advanced materials manufacturing and processing/microstructure/property relationships. Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing.

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Jim McGuffin-Cawley

Director
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops new methodologies for material processing, characterizes processing-property relationships, studies high-temperature diffusion and solid-state reactions, fosters industry-university relationships

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Alp Sehirlioglu

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops new materials through exploitation of interfaces to control functionality and exploration of multi-functionality for energy-related applications

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Gerhard Welsch

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops new processing methods and designs for energy storage and optimized materials

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Matthew Willard

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Investigates phase transformations and materials processing, especially their impact on structure and properties of materials

Research Faculty

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Hoda Amani Hamedani

Research Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops multifunctional materials and flexible nanostructured platforms for electrochemical and biomedical devices, localized drug delivery, neural interfacing, and electrochemical sensing; studies nanomaterials evolution/interactions in controlled (liquid) environments using in-situ characterization techniques

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Erika Barcelos

Research Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
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Janet Gbur

Research Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
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Pawan Tripathi

Research Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develop data analysis techniques, tools, and pipelines for high dimensional datasets in materials science such as synchrotron XRD, XCT, and advanced manufacturing to reveal insights, and correlations and improve predictive modeling leveraging deep learning, artificial intelligence, and statistical methods. Materials Data Science, Advanced Manufacturing, Synchrotron Data Analysis, Image Processing, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Uncertainty Quantification, Atomistic Simulation

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Jeffrey Yarus

Research Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Emeritus Faculty

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Bud Baeslack III

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

Researching materials science and engineering

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Mark De Guire

Associate Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

Analyzes performance of ceramics in energy applications, including fuel cells and oxygen transport membranes

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Arthur Heuer

Distinguished University Professor
Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering
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Peter Lagerlof

Associate Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops a unified theory for plastic deformation via slip and deformation twinning

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David Matthiesen

Associate Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Wind Energy Research and Commercialization (WERC) Center

Develops process engineering solutions for the manufacturing of new magnetic materials

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Pirouz Pirouz

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

Optimizes semiconductors, electron microscopy, mechanisms of twinning and metal-ceramic interfaces

 

Associated Faculty 

Jeffrey Hoyt, McMaster University

Ina Martin, Case Western Reserve University MORE Center

Badri K. Narayanan, Lincoln Electric, Vice President, Global Consumables

Rudolf Podgornik, Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Jeffrey Yarus, Adjunct Professor

 

Research Staff

Hoda Amani Hamedani, Research Assistant Professor

Janet Gbur, Research Assistant Professor

 

Administrative Staff

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Jennifer Aquino-Pyles

Sr. Procurement Specialist, Departments of Macromolecular Science and Engineering; Materials Science & Engineering

Provides procurement services for the departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Macromolecular Science & Engineering; and Materials Science & Engineering

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Kathleen Bates

Manager, Academic & Research Operations, Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Macromolecular Science & Engineering; and Materials Science & Engineering

Manages administrative support for the academic and research operations for the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.

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Theresa Claytor

Graduate Admissions Coordinator and Student Services, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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Tiffany Hampton

Procurement Specialist, provides procurement services for the departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Macromolecular Science & Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering

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Leslie Johnson

Assistant Manager, Academic & Research Operations, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Macromolecular Science and Engineering; and Materials Science and Engineering

Assists the manager, academic coordinators and research administration teams for the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular and Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering

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MacKenzie Kreutzberg

Develops, implements and manages procedures for the administration and operation of the Office of the Chair for the Department of Materials Science & Engineering

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Richard Tomazin

Engineer 3

Provides engineering support for the Materials Science & Engineering Department, Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center, AMMRC, and the Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension Center, SDLE.