Faculty Directory

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

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
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

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

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 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

Miguel Levy

Professor, Physics and Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Photonics
  • Nonreciprocal Phenomena

Walter M. Milligan

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Chief Information Officer

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

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

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

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

Paul G. Sanders

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Faculty Advisor, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise

Faculty Co-Advisor, Materials United

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

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

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