People

Alp Sehirlioglu

Dr. Alp Sehirlioglu received his Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) in 1997. He finished his M.S at Alfred University in 2000 and his Ph.D. at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in 2005. He is currently the Rupp Assistant Professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Alp Sehirlioglu received several awards including the AFOSR Young Investigator Award for the project titled “Oxide Based Heterointerfaces for Extreme Environment Electronics” in 2011 and Charles F. Lucks Award, by International Thermal Conductivity Conference, Inc., 2009 and the Young Alumnus Award from UIUC. He was the plenary presenter at the 30th International Thermal Conductivity Conference and 18th International Thermal Expansion Symposium. Dr. Alp Sehirlioglu is an active member of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and a senior member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Ultrasonic, Ferroelectrics, Frequency Modulation (UFFC) He was a founding member of the newly-formed Young Professionals Network at ACerS and served as the co-chair for 2012-14. He has also been serving in the Ferroelectrics Committee at IEEE since 2011. Dr. Alp Sehirlioglu has over thirty papers, gave twenty six invited talks and seminars. His research focus is on energy conversion materials with emphasis on extreme environments. He is currently working on high temperature piezoelectrics, high temperature thermoelectrics, oxide based heterointerfaces and material plasma interactions in ionic thrusters.

e-mail: alp.sehirlioglu@case.edu
P/N: 216-368-1987
CWRU/ White Bldg. Rm. 302 & NASA GRC/ Bldg. 106 Rm 147

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Graduate students:

Elahe Farghadany

Elahe Farghadany is a graduate from University of Tehran where she received her M.Sc. degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Her main focus was on characterization methods to analyze the deformation behavior of TNTZ biomedical alloy. Detailed characterization methods, its fundamentals, and understanding of relation between structure and properties of advanced materials is her main field of interest. She is now pursuing her PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University under the supervision of Prof. Sehirlioglu, focusing on structural characterization of Si-Ge based thermoelectric materials which are modified by introducing coherent nano-particles to fortify their figure of merit, with the goal of leading to a production process to reach a highly satisfied functional properties, for instance high durability of nano particles in the substrate in the high temperatures performing range.

e-mail: exf112@case.edu 
P/N:

White Building 615

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Will Huddleston

Will Huddleston is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, where he received a B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in 2015. His undergraduate research experiences included the electrochemical study of fuel cell catalyst degradation at CSM and the study of corrosion remediation of high temperature molten chloride salt environments at NREL. Will is now pursuing his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University under the guidance of Alp Sehirlioglu. Will’s primary research interest is the development of functional materials for energy related applications with a specific interest in solid state structural batteries.

e-mail: whh36@case.edu
P/N:
White Building 615

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Kevin Pachuta

Kevin is a graduate of John Carroll University where he received a B.S. in Chemistry in 2016. As an undergraduate, Kevin completed two summer internships at Sherwin-Williams and was a research assistant to Professor Michael Setter of John Carroll University. His undergraduate research focused on ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy results of a silver chloride precipitation reaction and its’ interactions with different additives introduced into solution. This was explored as a way to determine chloride concentration to parts per million and the particle size of the precipitate in solution.  Kevin is now pursing a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He is under the supervision of Professor Alp Sehirlioglu and is also in collaboration with Professor Emily Pentzer of Case Western Reserve University’s Chemistry Department.  Kevin’s primary research focuses on the formation, characterization and functionalization of two-dimensional free standing and supported oxides as a way to further the understanding and capabilities of two-dimensional structures.  Investigations of these structures are being completed by solution-based exfoliation of layered oxides into two-dimensional nanosheets, and through pulsed laser deposition of epitaxial single crystalline nanosheets on suitable substrates. 

e-mail: 
P/N:
White Building 615

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Engineers:

Thomas Sabo

Mr. Thomas A. Sabo received his Associates Degree in Ceramic Engineering from Hocking College in 1989. He has been an employee of Case Western Reserve University for the past 23 years and currently works at the John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland ,OH. Thomas is a member of the Ceramic Branch which is located within the Basic Materials Laboratory in building 106. Thomas’s research background includes Ceramic Oxide and Metals Processing. Some of the various methods of operation Include: Tape Casting, Slip Casting, Cold Isostatic Pressing, Hot Pressing, Bridgemann Furnace, Heat Treatment Furnaces, Sample Preparation for Electrical and Mechanical Testing, Mechanical and Electrical Testing ,along with Powder Pressing and Extrusion

e-mail: thomas.a.sabo@nasa.gov
P/N: 216-433-8182
NASA GRC/ Bldg. 106 Rm 205.

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Ray Babuder

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email: raymond.f.babuder@nasa.gov
P/N: 
NASA GRC/ Bldg. 106 Rm. 205

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Past Group Members

2017

Benjamin Kowalski, Ph.D.
After ECG: Civil Servant at NASA Glenn Research Center

Richard Akrobetu, M.S.
After ECG: Ionbond, Beachwood, OH

2015

Jon Mackey, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
After ECG: Civil Servant at NASA Glenn Research Center

Elisabeth Barrios, MS Material Science
After ECG: Ph.D. at University of Central Florida

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