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

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

Assistant 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

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

906-487-2084
mlevy@mtu.edu
Fisher 115

Specialties

  • Photonics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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

906-487-1466
pearce@mtu.edu
M & M Building 601

Research Interests

  • 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

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

Paul G. Sanders

Assistant 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

Lawrence Sutter

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Director, MDOT Transportation Materials Research Center

906-487-2268
llsutter@mtu.edu
M & M Building 202

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