Welcome to Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a research-centered educational environment whose mission is to enhance the productivity, quality, and benefit of materials-related learning to its students, faculty, and community. DMSE bears a commitment to the improvement of materials technology as an advantaged academic unit equipped with state-of-the-art facilities in areas of materials surface analysis, mechanical characterization, and an extensive suite of advanced electron microscopy instrumentation that act in synergy to consistently thrust us among the top tiers of materials research institutions in the nation.


Janet Gbur Awarded Top ZTA Founders Grant

Janet Gbur, doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been awarded the Ruby Leigh Orgain Founders Grant in the amount of $9,000 from the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation. Nine grants are awarded annually to members pursuing post-baccalaureate education with each grant named in honor of one of the founding members of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. As an alumna of ZTA, Janet served as Membership and General Advisor to the Zeta Gamma ZTA Chapter at Youngstown State University, held the positions of Secretary and Fraternity Education Chair for the Cleveland East ZTA Alumnae Chapter, served as Province President XII-A overseeing ZTA chapters at Baldwin Wallace College, Ohio Northern University, and Youngstown State University and was awarded the Honor Ring, the highest individual honor granted by the fraternity for outstanding and sustained service to the fraternity on a local and national level.

Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity was founded at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia on October 15, 1898 and in 1954 established the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation to help offer financial support to members pursuing higher education. This year the Foundation will award over $700,000 in grants to 260 collegians.

Congrats to Mark De Guire

Mark De Guire, associate professor of materials science and engineering, has been elected to the 2015 class of fellows of ASM International.

ASM is the world's largest association of metals-centric materials scientists and engineers with more than 30,000 members worldwide. Fellowship within the organization represents one of the highest honors in the field of materials.

De Guire was specifically honored for his significant contributions in the synthesis, processing, phase equilibria, defect structure, and characterization of functional ceramic films for electrical, magnetic, optical and energy applications.

He will officially receive the honor at the ASM Awards Dinner in October.

MSE junior Bhavana Swaminathan received the Stanley E. Wertheim Prize

Each year one Case School of Engineering Student is selected to receive the Stanley E. Wertheim Prize for an outstanding junior who has demonstrated leadership skills through involvement in campus or co-op activities.  This year MSE junior Bhavana Swaminathan received this honor.  Bhav is the Vice-President of the Undergraduate Materials Society and an active member of both her sorority, Alpha Phi, and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  During her time in the department, she has carried out undergraduate research in three separate labs.  She completed one cooperative engineering experience at the Eaton Corporation where she worked as a materials engineer, and will begin a second co-op with the Boeing Company this summer.

Materials Science and Engineering’s Matthew Willard wins top society award for mid-career professionals

Matthew Willard, associate professor of materials science and engineering, was selected as one of four 2015 Brimacombe Medalists for his achievements in materials science and engineering by the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). He was selected for this honor from the nearly 10,000 professional and student members consisting of metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators and administrators from more than 70 countries on six continents. 
Brimacombe Medalist Awards have recognized professionals in the middle portions of their careers since 2012. The society-level award is presented to individuals with sustained excellence and achievement in business, technology, education, public policy or science related to materials science and engineering.The society specifically recognized Willard “for sustained excellence in the fields of physical metallurgy and magnetic materials, reviving the TMS Magnetic Materials Committee, and an outstanding record of continuing service.” He will be honored at the organization’s annual awards ceremony in March.

As part of Willard’s service to TMS, he has chaired the Magnetic Materials Committee (2009-12), advised content for the Journal of Metals (2012-13) in the area of magnetic materials, co-organized Symposia (2009-2015), and is serving his second term as member-at-large on the Materials and Society Committee (2012-18). He has also been on the board of review for the TMS affiliated Metallurgical and Materials Transactions since 2005, including a three-year appointment to the journal’s joint commission.

Materials chair James McGuffin-Cawley re-elected to America Makes executive committee

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.