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

Teaching Interests

  • Electron Microscopy
  • X-ray Diffraction
  • Solid State Physics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Electronic Materials

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials, Semiconductors, Superconductors, Giant Magnetoresistance Materials, Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Characterization by SEM, TEM, X-ray Diffraction, Raman Spectroscopy and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy
  • Applications of Nanomaterials in Electronics, Energy Harvesting and Quantum Switching
  • In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Mechanics of Nanomaterials and Composites
  • Electron Transport Properties of Nanomaterials and Composites

Paul L. Bergstrom

  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated 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 for Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, 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
  • Processes withdrawals
  • Manages new student orientation
  • Manages the postdoctoral affairs office

Dale Dewald

  • Materials Lab Assistant
Cell: 906-369-2872
dkdewald@mtu.edu
M & M Building 202

Research Interests

  • Materials Characterization
  • Experimental Design and Fabrication
  • Metal Casting

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, Materials Science and Engineering
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
  • Affiliated 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

Jeremy Goldman

  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
906-487-2851
jgoldman@mtu.edu
M & M Building 303

Research Interests

  • The biology and physiology of the lymphatic and blood vascular systems including vascular regeneration, remodeling and pathology
  • Vascular biomaterials, including polymeric, natural, and metallic, for vascular repair and regeneration
Celine E. Grace

Celine E. Grace

  • Office Assistant
906-487-2630
cegrace@mtu.edu
M&M 609

Stephen A. Hackney

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
906-487-2170
hackney@mtu.edu
M & M Building 501

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
Erik G. Herbert
"You always have a choice and it always makes a difference."
—Rick Dunn

Erik G. Herbert

  • Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
906-487-3745
eherbert@mtu.edu
M & M Building 604

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Nanoindentation and Contact Mechanics

Research Interests

  • State-of-the-art ambient, non-ambient, in-operando and in-situ mechanical behavior of materials at nanometer and micrometer length scales
  • Development and implementation of novel small-scale mechanical testing methodologies for metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors, biomaterials and structured devices
  • Mechanical characterization of unique materials & systems such as but not limited to bulk materials, individual phases, thin films, coatings, modified surfaces, micro-pillars, fibers, membranes, hydrogels, MEMS, microfluidic and micromachined devices
  • Small-scale mechanical testing in inert atmospheres and over the temperature range from -20 to 100 degrees C (to 1100 degrees C at the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials)
  • Measuring the components of the complex modulus of small volumes of viscoelastic solids
  • Predicting uniaxial stress-strain curves from nanoindentation data
  • High-speed property mapping of interfaces, multi-phase alloys and heat affected zones
  • Multi-axis contact experiments that enable manipulation of the state of stress
  • Measuring residual stress in free-standing thin films

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 510

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
  • Affiliated 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
  • Affiliated Professor: Materials Science and Engineering, and Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Adjunct Curator, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
906-487-2255
jaszczak@mtu.edu
Fisher 102

Teaching Interests

  • Nanotechnology Education

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 M. Kampe

  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Associate Provost
906-487-3046
kampej@mtu.edu
M&M 201

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

  • Senior Research Engineer/Scientist II
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
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 535

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

Timothy Leftwich

  • Research Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
trleftwi@mtu.edu
M & M Building 633

Research Interests

  • Surfaces and interfaces
  • Surface functionalization, thin films, photovoltaics and catalytic surfaces
  • Material characterization by X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS (ESCA)), SEM, Auger and Raman spectroscopy

Miguel Levy

  • Professor, Physics and Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Photonics
  • Nonreciprocal Phenomena

Bowen Li

  • Research 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
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Joe Licavoli

  • Research Engineer/Scientist II

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

  • Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering
906-487-2630
demikkol@mtu.edu

Walter W. Milligan

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
906-487-2015
milligan@mtu.edu
M & M Building 606

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Owen P Mills

  • Senior Research Engineer and Scientist II
  • Director, Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory (ACMAL)

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

  • 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
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Valentina O'Kane

  • Department Coordinator
906-487-4326
vokane@mtu.edu
M & M Building 602

Gregory M. Odegard

  • Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Affiliated Professor, Materials Science and Engineering and ASME Faculty Advisor
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

Matt Otte

  • Engineer/Scientist, Materials Science and Engineering
906-487-3650
mootte@mtu.edu
M & M Building 209

Joshua M. Pearce

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Open Source Hardware Enterprise

Areas of Interest

  • Photovoltaic Materials and Electronic Device Physics of Solar Photovoltaic Cells, Solar Energy Systems and Distributed Generation
  • Green Engineering: Solar Energy, Sustainable Development, Open Source Appropriate Technology, Waste Recycling, Circular Economy, and Energy Policy
  • Open Source Hardware, 3-D Printing, RepRap (self-replicating rapid prototyper), Low-cost Metal 3-D Printing, Distributed Manufacturing, Scientific Hardware

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 Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Instructor
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 Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Director, Institute of Materials Processing
906-487-4333
mrplich@mtu.edu

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
"The more you do, the more you do."
—George Sanders (my Dad)

Paul G. Sanders

  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Information Technology, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin University
906-487-2339
sanders@mtu.edu
M & M Building 603

Teaching Interests

  • Integration of design, ICME tools, Six Sigma, and experiments to create new materials
  • Material (Metal) Design: Microstructure design through alloy and processing
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): Thermo-Calc, MAGMASOFT
  • Six Sigma: Application of statistical tools to material design; especially designed experiments
  • Synthesize new materials through melt, deformation, or additive methods
  • Apply design, ICME, statistics, and experiments in undergraduate project work (Enterprise and Capstone Design experiences)

Research Interests

  • Material Design in aluminum, ferrous, nickel, and zinc systems
  • Application of ICME and statistical tools to material design; use designed experiments (especially mixture DOEs) to assess thermodynamic and kinetic processing space
  • Experimental verification of simulated material designs through metal casting, wrought (extrusion, rolling, drawing, swaging) processing, and/or additive manufacturing
  • Design and assess mechanical (tensile/fatigue/creep), electrical (conductivity), wear, and corrosion properties
  • Applications in sustainability, transportation (light weighting), efficiency (high temperature stability), and wear resistance (in process surface optimization)
  • Research areas: high temperature aluminum, cast iron, and nickel alloys; high strength aluminum, aluminum and steel alloys for additive manufacturing

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

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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

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
Russell Stein

Russell Stein

  • Research Engineer
  • Faculty Co-Advisor, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise
906-281-8639
restein@mtu.edu
M & M Building 202

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

Yu U. Wang

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
906-487-2781
wangyu@mtu.edu
M & M Building 405

Research Interests

  • Phase Transforming Materials for Advanced Properties
  • In-Situ Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction and Neutron Scattering of Single Crystals, Diffuse Scattering of Nanodomains
  • Dielectric, Ferroelectric, Magnetoelectric Materials and Composites
  • Colloidal Self-Assembly in Multi-Liquid-Phase Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation of Microstructures and Properties

Calvin L. White

  • Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Research Professor
906-487-3519
cwhite@mtu.edu

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 207

Yoke Khin Yap

  • Professor, Physics
  • Director, Applied Physics Program
  • Osaka University Global Alumni Fellow
906-487-2900
ykyap@mtu.edu
Fisher 219

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Solid-State Physics
  • Optics
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Nanotechnology)
  • Electromagnetism

Research Interests

  • Controlled synthesis of 0D, 1D, and 2D materials (Nanotubes, 2D layered materials, Nanowires, Quantum Dots, and their heterostructures, etc..).
  • Exploration of new functional nanomaterials, heterojunctions, heterostructures, nano-hybrids, and nano-systems.
  • Creative use of nanomaterials and nano-systems for advanced electronics, quantum switching, energy harvesting, enviromental, chemical and biomedical applications.