Faculty and Staff Directory

Jerry Anzalone

Lab Supervisor

Research Scientist I

Research Interests

  • Application of 3-D printing technologies for development of scientific tools and instrumentation and for humanitarian purposes.
  • Portland cement concrete materials characterization / construction materials characterization.

Anjana Asthana

Research Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2637
aasthana@mtu.edu
M & M Building 622

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Nanoscale Materials for energy application and data storage
  • Graphene for nanoelectronics
  • Materials characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction
  • Insitu electrical and mechanical property measurement of nanoscale materials in TEM
  • Giant magentoresistance materials, Superconducting materials, Intermetallic thin films

Paul L. Bergstrom

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Micro-electromechanical systems
  • Micromachining materials and process technologies
  • Inertial pressure
  • Nanoscaled technologies enabling banoelectronic devices
  • Technologies for the monolithic integration of sensors and actuators with electronics

Debra D. Charlesworth

Assistant Dean, Graduate School

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Specialties

  • Review of theses and dissertations
  • Presents and organizes professional development seminars
  • Manages Graduate School website
  • Processes withdrawals
  • Manages new student orientation
  • Coordinates NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Jaroslaw W. Drelich

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2932
jwdrelic@mtu.edu
M & M Building 506

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Adhesion of fine particles
  • Characterization of materials’ surfaces
  • Biodegradable implant materials
  • Wetting of solids and liquids
  • Colloidal properties of particles
  • Recycling of materials
  • Minerals and oil sands processing

Paul Fraley

Engineer/Scientist

906-281-7720
pdfraley@mtu.edu
M & M Building 522

Research Interests

  • Lightweight/High Strength Structural Materials
  • Metal Matrix Composites
  • Alloy Development
  • Net Shape Processing Methods
  • Powder Metallurgy
  • Failure Mechanisms in Materials

Megan C. Frost

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-3350
mcfrost@mtu.edu
M & M Building 304

Research Interests

  • Nitric oxide releasing polymers
  • Implantable sensors
  • Biological response to polymeric materials

Stephen A. Hackney

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2170
hackney@mtu.edu
M & M Building 606

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Electron microscopy
  • Materials characterization
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics
  • Electronic materials
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • Lithium ion batteries, ceramic battery materials
  • Surface and interface dynamics
  • Thin films and nanostructures
  • Thermodynamics
  • Magnetic materials
  • Diffusional instabilities and applications of electron microscopy
Allison Hein

Allison M. Hein

Research Engineer and Scientist I - IMP

906-487-1821
amhein@mtu.edu
M & M Building 509

Research Interests

  • Benificiation of coal, minerals, and solid waste.
  • Plating sludge leaching and pyro processing.
  • Environmental compliance and permits.
  • Technical and financial project planning and reporting.

Lloyd A. Heldt

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2636
laheldt@mtu.edu
M&M 508

Teaching Interests

  • Materials science
  • Corrosion
  • Electronic materials
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • Environmental effects on mechanical properties
  • Corrosion
  • Machinability of alloys

Yun Hang Hu

Charles and Carroll McArthur Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2261
yunhangh@mtu.edu
M & M Building 502

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Graphene for solar energy
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells
  • Photocatalysis
  • Synthesis of novel solid materials and liquid fuels from CO2
  • Hydrogen storage materials
  • Synthesis, structures and properties of nano-structured materials
  • Heterogeneous catalysis for energy and fuels
  • Predictions of material properties

Xiaodi (Scott) Huang

Project Manager and Research Leader - IMP

906-487-1822
xihuang@mtu.edu
M & M Building 202

Research Interests

  • Consolidation of metal and ceramic powders by CastCon processing.
  • Microwave steel making, agglomeration of ceramics, injection molding, and material characterization.

Jiann-Yang (Jim) Hwang

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2601
jhwang@mtu.edu
M & M Building 505

Research Interests

  • Materials Processing
  • Microwave
  • Hydrogen Storage Material
  • Energy
  • Recycling
  • Extractive Metallurgy
  • Environmental Engineering

John A. Jaszczak

Professor, Physics
Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (College of Sciences and Arts)

Adjunct Curator, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Research Interests

  • Theoretical condensed matter physics
  • Theory and modeling of single-electron transport devices
  • Modeling and simulation of properties of interfaces and interface materials
  • Atomistic computational physics of surface phases and surface dynamics
  • Crystal growth
  • Mineralogy of natural graphite

Yongmei M. Jin

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2154
ymjin@mtu.edu
M & M Building 605

Research Interests

  • Microstructure Evolution in Crystalline Materials
  • Solid State Phase Transformations
  • Giant Magnetostrictive Materials
  • Electromigration and Kirkendall Voiding in Interconnects and Lead-Free Solders
  • Materials Modeling and Computer Simulation

Jean-Celeste Malzahn Kampe

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Director, Research Scholars

906-487-2630
kampej@mtu.edu
M&M 604

Stephen L. Kampe

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering

Franklin St. John Chair

906-487-2036
kampe@mtu.edu
M & M Building 601

Research Interests

  • Microstructural mapping in laser additive manufactured titanium
  • Modeling and characterization of Nextel® reinforced aluminum metal matrix composites
  • Reactive synthesis processes
  • Thermomechanical processing
  • Co-deformation of multiphase alloys
  • Mechanisms of strengthening

Edward A Laitila

Engineer and Scientist, X-Ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy

906-369-2041
ealaitil@mtu.edu
M & M Building 628

Teaching Interests

  • Focus on X-ray diffraction techniques

Research Interests

  • X-ray diffraction theory and applications
  • Mechanical alloying
  • Intermetallic materials
  • Physical metallurgy
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Materials characterization
  • Powder metallurgy

Jong K. Lee

Research Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2266
jkl103@mtu.edu
M & M Building 203

Teaching Interests

  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetics
  • Phase transformations
  • Computational materials science

Research Interests

  • Computational materials science (especially in solid-state phase transformations)
  • Theoretical and simulation studies of crystalline defects
  • Structural changes, and kinetics

Miguel Levy

Professor, Physics and Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Photonics
  • Nonreciprocal Phenomena

Bowen Li

Research Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-4325
boli@mtu.edu
M & M Building 511

Research Interests

  • Material processing
  • Mineral processing
  • Material characterization
  • Ceramic process
  • Applied mineralogy
  • Antimicrobial behavior of materials
  • Chemical analysis

Stephen Mashl

Research Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2636
sjmashl@mtu.edu
M & M Building 508

Research Interests

  • Processing of Particulate Materials
  • Powder Metallurgy Processing
  • Metals Heat Treating
  • Process modeling – Process simulation
  • Surface Engineering
  • Structure-Process-Property Relationships

Donald E. Mikkola

Research Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2636
demikkol@mtu.edu
M & M Building 508

Teaching Interests

  • Materials science
  • Materials characterization
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • Structure-property-processing relationships
  • Deformation and strengthening mechanisms
  • Intermetallics
  • Shape memory alloys
  • Composites
  • Materials characterization with diffraction and microscopy

Walter M. Milligan

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Chief Information Officer

906-487-2015
milligan@mtu.edu
M & M Building 401

Owen P Mills

Senior Research Engineer and Scientist II - ACMAL Engineer

Director, MCFF

Research Interests

  • The use and application of Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Focused Ion Beam System, X-ray Microanalysis and Ultramicrotomy
  • Operation and management of multi-user instrumentation facilities.

Peter D. Moran

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-3095
pdmoran@mtu.edu
M & M Building 409

Teaching Interests

  • Electronic and Photonic Materials
  • Diffraction (Physics and Applications)
  • Experimental Design

Research Interests

  • Heteroepitaxial growth on compliant substrates
  • Fabrication, characterization, and properties of nanoscale layered structures
  • Integration of dissimilar materials through wafer bonding
  • The relationship between structural, optical, and electronic properties of heterostructures
  • Quantitative x-ray diffraction analysis
  • Materials Science curriculum development at all educational levels
  • The relationship between information and atoms

Gregory M. Odegard

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2329
gmodegar@mtu.edu
MEEM 810

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science

Research Interests

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computational Chemistry

Joshua M. Pearce

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Photovoltaic Materials and Electronic Device Physics of Solar Photovoltaic Cells: Gallium nitride (GaN) and indium gallium nitride (InGaN), Hydrogenated amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon (a-Si:H, nc-Si:H)
  • Applied Sustainability and Green Engineering: Solar energy, Sustainable development, Open Source Appropriate Technology, and Energy Policy
  • Open-source 3-D printing, RepRap (self-replicating rapid prototyper), recyclebot (waste plastic recycling to 3-D filament, low-cost metal 3-D printing, distributed manufacturing, ethical filament

Zhiwei Peng

Research Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2679
zpeng@mtu.edu
M & M Building 535

Teaching Interests

Research Interests

  • Heat transfer in microwave heating
  • Dielectric characterization of materials
  • Non-thermal microwave effects
  • Ironmaking and steelmaking
  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Microwave absorbing materials

John E. Pilling

Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Mechanical behavior of materials
  • Composite materials
  • Materials characterization
  • Kinetics
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • High temperature deformation and fracture
  • Superplasticity
  • Simulation of microstructural development during phase transformations
  • Design of composite materials

Bruce J. Pletka

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2639
bjpletka@mtu.edu
M & M Building 503/511

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Materials science
  • Materials characterization
  • Mechanical behavior of materials
  • Ceramics

Research Interests

  • Fracture of brittle materials
  • High temperature deformation
  • Solidification of ceramics
  • Plasma spray processing

Mark R. Plichta

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Director, Institute of Materials Processing

906-487-4333
mrplich@mtu.edu
M & M Building 604
Patrick Quimby

Patrick Quimby

Laboratory/Demonstration Coordinator

906-231-1097
pdquimby@mtu.edu
M & M Building 209

Teaching Interests

  • Focus on metal casting and characterization
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Materials Characterization

Research Interests

  • Simulation, production, treatment, and characterization of castings and wrought alloys
  • Microstructural analysis, heat treating, mechanical testing, and physical metallurgy
Margaret P. Rothenberger

Margaret P Rothenberger

Secretary 5

906-487-2630
mproth@mtu.edu
M & M Building 609

Karl B. Rundman

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2636
krundman@mtu.edu
M&M 508

Teaching Interests

  • Metal casting and solidification
  • Materials selection
  • Materials science
  • Material and energy utilization in industrial societies
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • Austempering and ausforming of cast irons
  • Structure-property relations in cast and heat treated alloys
  • Environmental concerns in the metal casting industry

Paul G. Sanders

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Faculty Advisor, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise

906-487-2339
sanders@mtu.edu
M & M Building 603

Teaching Interests

  • Metals casting
  • Design of experiments
  • Enterprise
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • Casting
  • Solidification
  • Material design
  • Joining
  • Surface coating
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation

Daniel Seguin

Research Engineer, Materials Science and Engineering

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

906-487-3375
djseguin@mtu.edu
M & M Building U101

Advising Contact

Teaching Interests

  • Senior design
  • Corrosion
  • Mechanical behavior of materials
  • Materials characterization

Research Interests

  • Corrosion
  • Environmental effects
  • Deformation processing
  • Light metals

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

Richard & Elizabeth Henes Associate Professor in Nanotechnology

Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-3581
reza@mtu.edu
MEEM 923

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology for Electrochemical Energy Storage (Batteries and Supercapacitors)
  • Nanogenerators and Piezotronic Sciences
  • Nanoscale Degradation of Fuel Cell Materials
  • Nanoscale Properties of Low Dimensional Materials for Thermoelectrics and Nanoelectronics
  • Mechanics of Bio and Nano Materials and Composites
  • In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy
Beth R. Ruohonen

Beth R Sickler

Department Coordinator

906-487-4326
beth@mtu.edu
M & M Building 602

Darrell W. Smith

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2636
Cell: 906-487-2934
dwsmith@chartermi.net
M&M 508

Research Interests

  • Powder metallurgy processing
  • Influence of porosity on mechanical and physical properties of crystalline solids

Lawrence Sutter

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Director, MDOT Transportation Materials Research Center

906-487-2268
llsutter@mtu.edu
M & M Building 716

Teaching Interests

  • Materials Characterization
  • Cementitious Materials
  • Concrete & Concrete-Making Materials

Research Interests

  • Materials Characterization
  • Cementitious Materials
  • Concrete & Concrete-Making Materials
  • Concrete Durability
  • Secondary & Recycled Materials

Douglas J. Swenson

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-3352
dswenson@mtu.edu
M & M Building 408

Teaching Interests

  • Materials characterization
  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetics
  • Phase transformations
  • Electronic materials
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • Thermodynamics and phase diagram modeling
  • Diffusion and solid-state reaction kinetics, and the application of these principles to the solution of materials problems
Duane M. Thayer

Duane M. Thayer

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering


M&M 435

Yu U. Wang

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2781
wangyu@mtu.edu
M & M Building 405

Research Interests

  • Phase Transforming Materials for Advanced Properties
  • Coherent Scattering and Interference Effects in Nanodomain Diffraction
  • Polymer-Matrix Dielectric, Piezoelectric, and Magnetostrictive Composites
  • Colloidal Self-Assembly of Dipolar and Charged Particles
  • Nanoparticle-Block Copolymer Self-Assembly
  • Modeling and Simulation of Microstructures and Properties

Calvin L. White

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

Research Professor

906-487-3519
cwhite@mtu.edu
M & M Building 501

Teaching Interests

  • Accreditation issues
  • Corrosion and environmental effects
  • Mechanical behavior of materials
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • Auger electron spectroscopy/microscopy
  • Corrosion and environmental effects
  • Fracture and failure of materials
  • Interfacial segregation and fracture
  • Intermetallic compounds
  • Materials joining
  • Process and synthesis of alloys
Thomas Wood

Thomas Wood

Engineer/Scientist

906-281-6258
tdwood@mtu.edu
M & M Building 201

Yoke Khin Yap

Professor, Physics

Director, Engineering Physics Ph.D. Program

Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2900
ykyap@mtu.edu
Fisher 219

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Controlled synthesis of nanomaterials (Nanotubes, Nanowires, Nanosheets, Graphene, Quantum Dots, etc..), and wide band gap single crystals [h-BN, GaN, AlN, CsLiB6O10 (CLBO), etc.].
  • Exploration of new functional nanomaterials, nano-hybrids, and nano-systems.
  • Creative use of nanomaterials and nano-systems in advanced electronics, energy harvesting devices, and chemical and biological applications.