George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering plays a role in all manufacturing processes which convert raw materials into useful products adapted to human needs. The primary goal of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering program is to provide students with a fundamental knowledge-base associated with materials-processing, their properties, and their selection and application.

The emphasis in the Department is on teaching and research focused toward materials processing operations which encompass: the conversion of mineral and chemical resources into metallic, ceramic or polymeric materials; the synthesis of new materials; refining and processing to produce high performance materials for applications from consumer products to automobiles, aerospace and electronics; the development of mechanical, chemical and physical properties of materials related to their processing and structure; and the selection of materials for specific applications.

Recent Departmental Highlights:

July 2014

PhD student Lee Rothleutner was selected as a Student Board Member on ASM International’s Heat Treating Society (HTS) Board of Directors. HTS is the world’s largest network of heat treaters, with members in private and commercial industries of equipment manufacturers, researchers, governments, and technicians. HTS is a large group within ASM International- a materials science and engineering society with over 30,000 members coming together share information, ideas, education, and training. Rothleutner was chosen based on his leadership experience and knowledge in the field, and will serve a one-year term on the Board.

June 2014

In June, Prof. Terry Lowe was awarded a $30,000 Proof of Concept award based on his development of a hybrid polymer/metal lattice energy-absorbing device for sportswear to reduce trauma. Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the award as part of Colorado’s newly-formed Advanced Industry Accelerator Programs. This technology will be used by KADYLUXE- an anti-injury active wear manufacturer founded by Kady Zinke, an entrepreneur and former professional dancer. The energy-absorption concept can also be applied in environments other than sports, including the automotive and shipping industries.

May 2014

At the May graduation ceremonies, several MME seniors were recognized with special honors. Travis Marsh was recognized as the Outstanding Graduates in MME. He graduated summa cum laude with an additional minor in Energy. Virginia Judge received the McIvar-MME faculty award. Madeline Hatlin and Amanda Ross were presented with the Clark B. Carpenter Award. Casey Davis received the Mary and Charles Cavanaugh Memorial Award. Tim Gort was recognized with the H.L. Hazen Award in Process Metallurgy.

Prof. John Speer and Prof. Emmanuel De Moor were awarded the American Iron and Steel Institute Finalist Medal (along with G.A. Thomas of AK Steel) for their technical paper entitled “Tensile Properties Obtained by Q&P Processing of Mn-Ni Steels with Room Temperature Quench Temperatures.” The paper discussed the development of third generation advanced high-strength steels- the topic of collaborative research performed between AK Steel and the Colorado School of Mines. These steels have enhanced formability, and are expected to help automakers decrease vehicle weight while increasing fuel efficiency and maintaining occupant safety.

On May 6, both Prof. David Matlock and Prof. John Speer were recognized during the American Institute of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) 2014 President’s Award Breakfast in Indianapolis, Indiana. AIST is a non-profit organization with 16,000 members from more than 70 countries with the mission of advancing the technical development, production, processing, and application of iron and steel. Matlock was appointed the AIST J. Keith Brimacombe Memorial Lecturer, and presented “Perspectives on Industry/University Partnerships to Support Innovations in the Steel Industry.” Speer received the AIST Tadeusz Sndzimir Memorial Medal for his efforts to advance steelmaking through the invention, development, or application of new manufacturing processes or equipment.

April 2014

On April 22, Prof. Ivar Reimanis was promoted to the Society Fellow level of the American Ceramic Society by the Panel of Fellows and American Ceramic Society Board. The American Ceramic Society was founded in 1898 in pursuit of their mission “to advance the study, understanding, and use of ceramics and related materials for the benefit of our members and society.” There are currently more than 9,500 members from over 70 countries. The society serves as a hub of the global ceramics community by connecting individuals from corporations, businesses, universities, and government agencies through hosted technical meetings and communities. Reimanis will be officially recognized for his achievement at the American Ceramic Society Honors and Awards Banquet at the 116th Annual Meeting on October 13 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Prof. Emmanuel De Moor will give a keynote presentation at the International Conference on Mining, Materials, and Metallurgical Engineering (MMME ’14) in Prague, Czech Republic, on August 11-12. This conference serves as a platform for sharing information, experiences, and advances in both theoretical and applied aspects of mining, materials, and metallurgical engineering. The topic of De Moor's keynote is "Third Generation Advanced High Strength Sheet Steel Developments."

Prof. Ivar Reimanis will present at the 58th Brazilian Congress on Ceramics in Bento Goncalves, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on May 18-21. The Brazilian Congress on Ceramics is the oldest and most important event in the Brazilian ceramic industry. It brings together members of academic and research institutions with manufacturers and suppliers to discuss advances and developments in the ceramics industry. Reimanis will present “Ceramics and Glass Research at the Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics.” You can read more about the Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics here.

On April 9, Prof. Terry Lowe was invited to become a member of the International NanoSPD Steering Committee. The NanoSPD (Nonomaterials by Severe Plastic Deformation) Committee was formed in 2002 in Vienna, Austria to coordinate research in the NanoSPD area by providing a platform for the exchange of ideas and information on all aspects of NanoSPD. The committee organizes workshops, seminars, personal meetings, and other correspondence to introduce and discuss terminology applied to this growing field of science and engineering. Lowe was chosen by the founding members of the NanoSPD Committee based on his scientific merits in this area.

March 2014

On March 24-25, senior Anthony Linengerger and junior Tyrel Jacobsen traveled to Washington DC to participate in Congressional Visits Day. “CVD” is an annual two-day event that brings students to Capitol Hill to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. Linenberger and Jacobsen were able to meet with staffers from the offices of Rep. Jared Polis (CO), Rep. Cory Gardner (CO), Senator Michael Bennet (CO), and Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN) during the event as they represented students advocating for increased federal investment in science and engineering research. Left to right: Anthony Linenberger, Rep. Jared Polis, Tyrel Jacobsen, Mark Burtschi (ArcelorMittal)

Prof. Stephen Liu has accepted the appointment as Interim ABS Endowed Chair in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering- a position recently established at CSM by the American Bureau of Shipping.  Prof. Liu has been involved with the research of marine materials and offshore engineering for the shipbuilding, oil, and gas industries for a long time. He has had a long-standing relationship with ABS and has co-organized and conducted workshops sponsored by ABS, including those concerning underwater welding of marine structures and corrosion control in marine structures.  Other research programs supported by ABS that Prof. Liu has directed include cooperatives regarding underwater welding and microbiological influences of corrosion of steel tankers used for ethanol transport.

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has established an endowed faculty chair in the department. The ABS Endowed Chair in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering will provide resources for attracting and retaining a world-renowned expert in materials engineering who will further strengthen the research educational offerings of the department and its research centers. This position will allow the department to continue its cutting-edge research and its operations as a leading academic instruction. ABS has held a relationship with Mines for over 30 years and has provided much support for the department by funding student scholarships, sponsoring technical workshops, and engaging in joint research programs. A ceremony was held on April 1 to dedicate the ABS Chair plaque (seen here with ABS Chief Metallurgist Marcus Cridland(left) and ABS CEO and President Chris Wiernicki (right))to Hill Hall. It is now displayed near the main entrance to the building. An international search for a permanent chair will begin in the fall of 2014.

Prof. Brian Gorman has been awarded the 2014 Microanalysis Society's Heinrich Award.  The award is presented each year to an outstanding young scientist not yet 40 years old in the year of the award for distinguished contributions to the field of microanalysis.  Gorman was selected based on his work on the interface between atom probe tomography and electron microscopy and microanalysis, in addition to his contributions to the understanding of materials structure, chemistry, and properties.

February  2014

Prof. Stephen Liu was named Fulbright Foreign Scholar Distinguished Chair for Oil and Gas Brazil.  As a Distinguished Chair, Lui will work to contribute to long-term, cooperative, technical collaboration and understanding between people and scientists in the U.S. and Brazil.  He joins the ranks of a prestigious group of participants to whom 43 Nobel Prizes have been awarded, and extends the long history of Mines alumni collaborating with Brazilian companies.  Funds for this program are made available by the U.S. Congress, partner countries, and private sector.

Prof. David Matlock has played an integral role in the Colorado School of Mines’ partnership with the newly formed American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII).  On February 26, President Obama announced that CSM will serve as one of four core facilities that will focus on the manufacturing of lightweight and modern metals as part of this initiative.  Both the department’s Steel Center (ASPPRSC) and Nonferrous Center (CANFSA) will play major roles in the research and development of these new materials.  The outcomes will allow the US to be more competitive by expanding domestic markets for products made with lightweight and modern metals, such as automobiles, wind turbines, medical devices, engines, commercial aircraft, and Department of Defense systems and vehicles.  The results will also lead to significant reductions in manufacturing and energy costs.

Prof. Corinne Packard has been awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development grant. She will focus on the research area of controlling pressure-induced transformations in rare earth orthophosphates. Information and new materials developed in this research could be useful in designing coatings to improve the performance of ceramic components used in high temperature aerospace applications. The NSF CAREER award is the most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Graduate student Archana Subramaniyan received the Best Student Presentation Award for her talk at the Materials Research Society fall meeting.  She spoke on non-equilibrium depostion that reduces the growth temperature of pure Cu2O thin films.

Profs. Stephen Liu and Zhezhen Yu led a group of graduate students to attend the NSF-CIMJSEA (Center for Integrative Materials Joining Science for Energy Applications) meeting held in Columbus, Ohio.  CWJCR graduate students Stephen Tate, Cheryl Hawk and Zhifen Wang presented their research work at the meeting. Prof. Liu presented a summary report for Andrew Neill, who finished his M.S. degree and was unable to travel to Columbus. Profs. Liu and Yu also participated in a research road mapping workshop on welding applications for the oil and gas industries, following the NSF-CIMJSEA meeting. (CSM operates one of the NSF-CIMJSEA sites.)

January 2014

Prof. Zhenzhen Yu has joined the MME department as an assistant professor.  She will be working with the Center for Welding, Joining and Coating Research (CWJCR) and the Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys (CANFSA).  She recieved MS and PhD degrees from the University of Tennessee under the guidance of Prof. Hahn Choo.  She most recently was a post doctoral research associate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory where she worked on a variety of projects including transient phase transformation behavior of advanced high strength steels, helium induced damage of irradiated materials, friction stir welding magnesium and steel alloys, and precipitation in various aluminum alloys.

Prof. Corinne Packard has been recognized with the 2014 Young Leader Professional Development from the Structural Materials Division of TMS. The award will be presented at the SMD Luncheon at the upcoming annual TMS meeting in San Diego.  The award was created to enhance the professional development of dynamic young people from TMS.



Prof. Stephen Liu was invited to visit the Beijing Institute of Aerospace Materials (BIAM), the Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology (BIPT), and the Chinese Pipeline Bureau (CPB) to lecture and discuss potential collaborative research opportunities. At BIAM, Prof. Liu discussed the brazing and welding of aerospace materials. He also made a presentation titled “Molten Metal Flow: In Search of Fundamental Properties”. At the Offshore Engineering and Joining Technologies Research Center (OEJT) of BIPT, Prof. Liu lectured on “Underwater Welding: Science & Technology – Research Interest or Practical Reality?”. At the Chinese Pipeline Bureau in LanFang, Hebei Province, Prof. Liu discussed with Chinese scientists potential research collaboration in advanced consumables design for welding X-90 grade steel pipelines.

Research Professor Ivan Cornejo hosted students from Logan School for Creative Learning.  The students learned about the trash-to-glass project from the news media and requested a visit.  Prof. Cornejo provided them an overview of this exciting new process during their visit.


In the picture at the right Prof. Patrick Taylor is presenting the SME MPD award to Joseph Grogan.  The portrait is of William Kroll for whom the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy (KIEM) is named.



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