Faculty

 


Frank Ernst

Department Chair

Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering
Director of Case Center of Surface Engineering
Faculty Director of 
Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials

Dr. rer. nat. habil. (Habilitation), Materials Science
University of Stuttgart
Ph.D. Physical Metallurgy
University of G
öttingen

Research Interest:  Surface engineering of structural alloys, plated metal layers, fuel cell catalyst nanoparticles, solid-oxide fuel cells, photovoltaic thin films, heteroepitaxial interfaces, advanced methods of microcharacterization.


William A. Baeslack

Provost
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Ph.D. Materials Engineering
Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

 

 

 

 

 


Jennifer Carter

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
The Ohio State University

Research Interest: 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

 

 


Mark DeGuire

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interest: Ceramics and glasses for electronic, chemical, and biomedical applications, including solid oxide fuel cells, oxygen transport membranes, photovoltaics, thin film gas sensors, and electrochemical extraction of titanium. High-temperature electrochemical processes, defect chemistry, microstructural analysis, and phase equilibria.

 


Roger French

Kyocera Professor of Ceramics, Materials Science & Engineering
Director, Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension Center

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interest: Lifetime and degradation science, photovoltaics, oled and led lighting and displays. Polymer degradation. Electronic structure and optical properties of materials, long-range interactions including van der Waals and electrostatic interactions in biomolecular and geological materials.  Data science and analytics, open science.
 


 Arthur Heuer

Emeritus Professor


Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interest: Solid oxide fuel cells; paraequilibrium carburization and nitridation of stainless steels; oxidation of Fe-base and Ni-base alumina scale-forming alloys; grain boundary line defects in polycrystalline alumina.

 

 


K. Peter D. Lagerlof

Associate Professor
Faculty Director of Program Evaluation and Assessment

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
Case Western Reserve University

Research Interest: High temperature plastic deformation of oxide ceramics, Low temperature fracture of oxide ceramics, Deformation twinning, X-ray diffraction, Laue back-scattering diffraction.

 

 


John Lewandowski

Arthur P Armington Professor of Engineering II
Director-Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center

Ph.D. Materials Engineering and Materials Science
Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interest: processing/structure/property relationships in ferrous and non-ferrous engineering materials; effects of superposed pressure on deformation and fracture; fatigue and fracture of intermetallics and composites, bulk metallic glass, high entropy alloys, and layered/laminated materials; deformation processing; blast-resistant materials; fracture and fatigue behavior of biomedical materials; environmental effects on fracture and fatigue; additive manufacturing.


David Matthiesen

Associate Professor
Faculty Director: Wind Energy Research and Commercialization (WERC) Center

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interest: technologies in wind energy, platforms for the development of wind power supply chain products and long-term educational and training opportunities, measuring the interface strength of ice when it sticks to the turbine blades, which could help improve performance of turbines in temperate climates


Jim McGuffin-Cawley

Arthur S. Holden Professor of Engineering
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Ph.D. Ceramic Science
Case Western Reserve University

Research Interest: Processing methodologies for metals and ceramics, solid freeform fabrication, additive manufacturing, point defects and solid state diffusion, transport phenomena, powder characterization, transport phenomena, numerical modeling 

 


Pirouz Pirouz

Emeritus Professor
 

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interest: Dislocation theory; dependence of crystal plasticity and fracture on the Fermi level in semiconductors and ceramics; mechanism of twinning and polytypic transformations; the brittle-to-ductile transition in covalent and ionic-covalent materials; foundations of epitaxy; bicrystal interfaces; strain relaxation in thin films grown on substrates and in strained precipitates; phase transitions

 


Alp Sehirlioglu

Warren E. Rupp Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Research Interest: hetero-interfaces, pulse laser deposition, ceramics processing, electromechanical energy conversion, high temperature piezoelectrics, thermoelectric energy conversion,  related research on energy and thrust.

 

 


Gerhard Welsch

Professor

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
Case Western Reserve University

Research Interest: Metallurgy and materials synthesis and processing; Thermal-mechanical forming of alloys and composites with designed microstructures; Synthesis of pure and doped refractory metals (e.g. Ta, W, Re) as single crystals or with overlapping grain structure; Titanium-alloy and titanium-oxide based materials for demanding applications and for energy storage; Metal/graphite cell composites for lightweight vibration-damping structures.


Matthew Willard

Associate Professor
The Case Metal Processing Laboratory

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interest: Magnetism and magnetic materials; passive components for power applications; solidification and rapid solidification processing; phase transformations; crystallography; nanocrystalline alloys