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:
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.
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 and 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.
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 2014Prof. 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.
December 2013Graduating senior Paul Wilson was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior from MME for the December commencement ceremonies. In the picture to the left he is receiving the recognition plaques from Prof. Van Tyne. Wilson will be continuing his studies as a graduate student in the Center for Advanced Nonferrous Structural Alloys (CANFSA) at Colorado School of Mines.
Three KIEM graduate students have received scholarships from SME MPD. Jordan Rutledge has been awarded the Richard Klimpel Memorial Scholarship. Caelen Anderson and Joesph Grogan received Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Scholarships. They will be recognized at the SME MPD annual luncheon in Salt Lake City next year. In the photo at the right, Prof. Patrick Taylor is presenting the award to Caelen Anderson.
The Colorado School of Mines Material Advantage Chapter (CSMMAC) won the Material Advantage Fall Membership Challenge for the most creative recruiting strategy.
The Center for Welding, Joining and Coatings Research (CWJCR) was well represented in the 2013 FabTech event. FabTech is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event. The American Welding Society also holds their yearly technical meeting – the Professional Program – at the FabTech event. The 2013 meeting was held in Chicago, Illinois at the McCormick Place. CWJCR reaffirmed its prominent position amongst the top research universities in the field of welding and joining by having eight oral presentations. Profs. Stephen Liu (CWJCR Director) and John Steele (Mechanical Engineering), traveled to Chicago with graduate students Stephen Tate, Erik Pfeif, Ali AlShawaf, and Andrew Neill. CWJCR sponsored the CSM student travels to attend the conference and to make their presentations. Scott Nelson, a former graduate of CWM-CWJCR and now with Rolls-Royce, was also present to deliver his masters research results.
October 2013MME Senior and cross country runner Derek Alcorn was named Mines Student Athlete of the Week. He place 13th out of 243 runners in the renowned Standford International race in Palo Alto, CA. He was the second fastest Division II competitor. He is a two-time All American.
Research Prof. Ivan Cornejo, Prof. Ivar Reimanis and CCAC graduate student Subramanian Ramalingam were interviewed by local ABC television station for their invention of the trash to glass process. The video clip of the interview is available on line.
For the second time, CSMMAC (CSM Materials Advantage Chapter) has been the winner of the Chapter of Excellence Award. Sarah Holmes was the president during the 2012-13 year. She provided the leadership and guidance necessary for the chapter to be recognized for this honor.
Research Professor Richard Ahrenkiel gave an invited seminar at Purdue University. He spoke on the comparison of techniques for measuring carrier recombination lifetime. He also gave an invited talk at the University of Toledo on the current techniques for measuring carrier recombination lifetime.
Professor Corinne Packard gave an invited seminar at Colorado University. She presented work on residual stess and mechanical properties in transparent conducting oxide contacts.