Faculty and Staff

Meet our materials science and engineering faculty and staff

Chair

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Frank Ernst

Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering
Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Director, Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials

Studies and engineers microstructures, interfaces and surfaces of metallic materials by novel methods of processing and microcharacterization

Faculty

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Jennifer Carter

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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

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Mark De Guire

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Analyzes performance of ceramics in energy applications, including fuel cells and oxygen transport membranes

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Frank Ernst

Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering
Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Director, Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials

Studies and engineers microstructures, interfaces and surfaces of metallic materials by novel methods of processing and microcharacterization

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Roger French

Kyocera Professor
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Director, SDLE Research Center

Applies data science and analytics to energy and materials science research problems

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Peter Lagerlof

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops a unified theory for plastic deformation via slip and deformation twinning

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John Lewandowski

Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Nitinol Commercialization Accelerator
Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center (AMMRC)

Researches material reliability for biomedical and structural applications, advanced materials manufacturing and processing/microstructure/property relationships

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David Matthiesen

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Wind Energy Research and Commercialization (WERC) Center

Develops process engineering solutions for the manufacturing of new magnetic materials

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Jim McGuffin-Cawley

Senior Associate Dean, Case School of Engineering
Arthur S. Holden Professor of Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops new methodologies for material processing, characterizes processing-property relationships, studies high-temperature diffusion and solid-state reactions, fosters industry-university relationships

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Clare Rimnac

Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Advances the long-term performance of implants and structural bone allografts through material analysis and characterization

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Alp Sehirlioglu

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops new materials through exploitation of interfaces to control functionality and exploration of multi-functionality for energy-related applications

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Gerhard Welsch

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops new processing methods and designs for energy storage and optimized materials

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Matthew Willard

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Investigates phase transformations and materials processing, especially their impact on structure and properties of materials

Research Faculty

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Laura Bruckman

Research Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops predictive lifetime models for materials degradation related to stress conditions and induced degradation mechanisms evaluated by quantitative spectroscopic characterization of materials

Emeritus Faculty

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Arthur Heuer

Distinguished University Professor
Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering
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Pirouz Pirouz

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

Optimizes semiconductors, electron microscopy, mechanisms of twinning and metal-ceramic interfaces

 

Associated Faculty 

Ina Martin, Case Western Reserve University MORE Center

Badri Narayan, Lincoln Electric, Consumables R&D Group

Rudolf Podgornik, Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

 

 

Administrative Staff

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Kathleen Bates

Manager, Academic & Research Operations, Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Macromolecular Science & Engineering; and Materials Science & Engineering

Manages administrative support for the academic and research operations for the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.

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Theresa Claytor

Graduate Admissions Coordinator and Student Services, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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Tiffany Hampton

Accounting Clerk and Chair's Interim Assistant, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Oversees department accounting and purchasing