George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering - Colorado School of Mines

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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:

November 2015

Three faculty members in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering delivered invited talks at the Composites at Lake Louise 2015 conference in Alberta, Canada.

Professor and Department Head Ivar Reimanis presented "Nanostructured metal-ceramic composites by internal reduction."

Professor Corinne Packard presented "Probing micro- and nano-scale elastic modulus variation in organic-rich shale — A naturally occurring composite." She also had a poster presentation titled "Mechanical behavior and properties of REPO4 studied by nanoindentation."

Assistant Professor Geoff Brennecka presented "Chemical heterogeneity in electroceramics: The good, the bad, and the difficult to characterize." He also served as session chair for the session on functional composites.

Brajendra Mishra has been named University Emeritus Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Mishra joined Colorado School of Mines in 1997, and is associate director of the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy and lead scientist for the Department of Energy Critical Materials Institute.

September 2015

After a competitive international search, Colorado School of Mines Professor Stephen Liu has been appointed the American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.

The nonprofit ABS, which sets standards for the design, construction, and survey of vessels in service, established the endowed faculty chair in March 2014. Liu, a professor in the George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, served as interim chair until his permanent appointment.

Christopher J. Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO of ABS, congratulated Liu on his selection. He said ABS has supported education for more than 80 years, “and we believe in working closely with academia and industry to drive innovation and help develop the technology that is crucial to the future of our industry.”

Liu, who earned his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from Mines, has taught at Mines for nearly three decades and also serves as director of the Center for Welding, Joining, and Coatings Research (CWJCR). He recently added the Halil Kaya Gedik Award from the International Institute of Welding to his numerous honors. He also received the Jaeger Lecturer Award from the IIW in 2014.


Assistant Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Geoff Brennecka has been awarded $150,000 over two years to produce prototype capacitors that will allow electronics to operate reliably at high temperatures.

The proof-of-concept grant was awarded by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade's Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program. The program seeks to promote growth in the state's "advanced industries," which include aerospace, bioscience, and electronics. OEDIT announced $2.4 million in grants this month.


The Colorado School of Mines has won the Material Advantage Most Outstanding Chapter Award for the second straight year.

The Material Advantage program provides undergraduate and graduate students in materials science and engineering programs with memberships to four organizations at a lower cost: The American Ceramic Society, Association for Iron & Steel Technology, ASM International, and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

The Mines chapter will receive the honor at Materials Science & Technology 15, on October 6 in Columbus, Ohio. The group won the award for the first time for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Chapters are judged on programming, career development, service, social activities, and chapter management.

May 2015

On May 5, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) announced that Prof Corby Anderson has been selected as a Distinguished Member of SME, Class of 2016.  This honor is presented to a select few "who have made long term and notable contributions to the technology and professional activities encompassed by teh Society and industry."  Anderson will be awarded the achievement at an installation ceremony during SME's 2016 Annual Awards Dinner in Phoenix, AZ in February 2016.

Senior Edwin Supple was awarded the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department's Outstanding Graduating Senior Award at CSM's commencement ceremony on May 8. The award is given each year based on a graduating senior's excellent scholastic standing, attendance, and participation in both department and school activities.


April 2015

Three members of the CSM Materials Advantage Chapter (CSMMAC) traveled to Congressional Visits Days in Washington, DC in April for the annual two-day event to raise visibility and support for STEM. MME students Michelle Hoffman, Emily Mitchell, and Tyrel Jacobsen met with members of congress to discuss the importance of supporting STEM education and career fields. The students are pictured here with Representative Ken Buck (CO-R).

The second edition of Professor Emeritus George Krauss's book, "STEELS - Processing, Structure, and Performance" was published by ASM (American Society of Metals).

March 2015

Once again the students of the George S. Ansell Department of materials Science and Engineering and the CSM Materials Advantage Chapter (CSMMAC) were victorious in the annual international Materials Bowl Competitions at the 2015 TMS Conference in Orlando, FL March 14-18. The victory represents the fifth win by CSM in the past nine years. No other school has won twice. The team members were Blake Whitely (Captain), Andrea Bollinger, Emily Mitchell, and Connor Campbell. CSM defeated Georgia Tech in the final round to win the championship.

The CSM Materials Advantage Chapter (CSMMAC) team of Connor Campbell, Kyle Heser, Grant Bishop, Hunter  Sceats, Ryan Peck, and Allison Loecke (Captain) placed third in the inagural TMS Bladesmithing Competition at the 2015 TMS Conference in Orlando, FL.  The team's entry of a Nepalese style Kukri placed the highest of any non-pattern folded, or genuine damascus blade.  The students chose the Kukri due to its unique and challenging shape as well as its fascinating history as both a farming tool and weapon of war.  There were a total of 25 entries in the competition.

Prof Richard Ahrenkiel gave the keynote presentation at the Renewable Energy and Energy Workship (RE3) in Louisville, Kentucky March 23-25 at the University of Louisville. The title of the presentation was "Recombination Physics in Photovoltaics: A Brief History of Lifetime." The workshop was sponsored by the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research; University of Louisville.

A team of CSMMAC (Colorado School of Mines Materials Advantage Chapter) students, led by MME sophomore Josh Pelz, won a $1,000 prize in the AIST Foundation "Real Steel" Video Challenge for their video entitled "Living in Steel."  The AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology) Foundation provides scholarships and grants to foster interest in the steel industry among engineering students. The annual video contest challenges students to produce a three-minute video that brands the steel industry as potential career field. Here is a link to the video:

February 2015

Prof David Matlock has been named to the 2015 Class of Fellows by the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) for his contributions to metallurgy, materials science and technology. The recognition is awarded to Matlock "for exceptional and sustained leadership in materials education and research, and for sustaining academic interest in the steel industry." He will accept the award at the 144th Annual TMS Meeting & Exhibition in Florida on March 15-19.

January 2015

Prof Corby Anderson will be the Plenary Speaker at the 5th International Conference on Recent Advances in Materials, Mineral and Environment and 2nd International Postgraduate Conference on Materials, Mineral and Polymer in Penang, Malaysia in August. Anderson will present on the topic of Mineral Resources and Environment Science for Sustainable Development, as the theme for both conferences is "Creating Sustainable World Through Advancement in Materials, Minerals, and Environmental Research."

ASM International announced that Prof John Speer is the 2015 recipient of the J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award. The Gibbs Award was established to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of phase equilibria. Speer was specifically recognized “for innovative applications of fundamental phase transformation principles in ferrous systems, development of quenching and partitioning process (Q&P), and contributions to phase equilibria education.” He will receive his award at the 2015 Materials Science and Technology conference in Columbus, Ohio in October.

Prof Ryan O'Hayre authored a first edition textbook titled, "Materials Kinetics Fundamentals: Principles, Processes, and Applications," published by Wiley in January 2015. MME Research Prof Michael Sanders provided illustrations for the book.

Prof Corby Anderson will present on the topics of extractive metallurgy, mineral processing, and waste minimization and recycling at the 2015 Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME) Annual Conference in Denver, CO February 15-18. Anderson was one of the editors of the 2014 publication “Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy: 100 Years of Innovation,” and SME recently released his expertise on the topics via podcast.

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