James McGuffin-Cawley, chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been re-elected to the executive committee of America Makes, a federal initiative to develop advanced manufacturing techniques in the United States. Case Western Reserve University was among the institutions at the head of America Makes when it was launched as the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in 2012, with McGuffin-Cawley leading the university’s efforts in manufacturing innovation.
Janet Gbur, a fourth year PhD student, placed first in the Student Presentation Competition sponsored by the ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture held during ASTM Committee Week in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 12th. The event was open to graduate and undergraduate students working in the area of fatigue and fracture mechanics. Her talk, "Review: Fatigue and Fracture of Wires/Strands/Cables in Biomedical Applications," was the result of a three-year effort with advisor, Professor John Lewandowski, collecting fatigue data for wire-based systems used in biomedical devices. Janet is an active member of E08 and Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing and was a recipient of the 2012 ASTM International Project Grant for her work on "Mechanical Characterization of 316 LVM Wires."
Matthew Willard, associate professor of materials science and engineering, has been made a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Senior member is the highest professional grade of the IEEE for which a member can apply, and it is a distinction only 7 percent of the organization’s 431,000 members have achieved.
Willard’s research focuses on materials design and the study of processing, structure and performance of magnetic materials.
Mohsen Seifi, Doctoral researcher at Case Western Reserve University is one of the recipients of the 2013 ASTM International Project Grants Award for his thesis research on the Fracture and Fatigue behavior of Al-Mg Alloys After Long-Time Low Temperature Exposures. His research focuses on understanding the Sensitization effects on the fracture and fatigue crack growth behavior of Al-Mg alloys which are widely used in naval applications. He presented this work at the ASTM bi-annual meeting in November 2013 and received an award. The details of this award are available here.