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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.

Faculty Positions Opportunity:  The department has two faculty searchs ongoing. 

One is for the ABS Chair.  For those interested in the ABS Chair please see the description.

The second is for an Assistant Professor. For those interested in the assistant professor position please see the description.

Recent Departmental Highlights:

August 2014

Prof Brajendra Mishra was selected to be the 2015 Presidential Citation recipient by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). This award recognizes extraordinary and dedicated service in furtherance of the goals, purposes, and traditions of AIME. His plaque will read, “For being the champion of AIME Collaborative Grants Program that provides tangible and ongoing financial assistance to the Member Societies of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers.” AIME was founded in 1871 and was one of the first national engineering societies established in the US. Its mission is to support its 4 member societies (SME, TMS, AIST, and SPE) through scholarships, awards, and special grants.

As part of their Field Session classwork this summer, MME students traveled to the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel rail, rod/bar, and seamless pipe mill in Pueblo, Colorado. EVRAZ is one of the most diversified steel manufacturers in North America. The mill in Pueblo employs a team of engineers, scientists, and metallurgists who use advanced equipment to perform on-site testing, conduct complex analytical procedures, provide customer support, and develop new products. Students toured the facility and experienced the manufacturing process of several products- including the lab and research and development portions of the process. Their trip was featured in the September 2014 edition of Iron and Steel Technology.

Dr. Geoff Brennecka has joined the MME department as an Assistant Professor. Before coming to CSM he worked as a staff member at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. His research there focused on enabling new functionality through clever integration and processing of ferroelectrics and other electronic oxides. He is very active in the American Ceramics Society (ACerS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has also been recently recognized with the ACERS Emerging Leader Award, the Missouri S&T Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the IEEE Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award. He will be teaching the Ceramics Engineering course this fall and will be an active member of Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics (CCAC).

Dr. Emmanuel De Moor, who has been a Research Assistant Professor in the department during the last three years, has joined MME as a tenure track Assistant Professor. His research interests pertain to microstructure, properties, and processing interrelationships in ferrous alloys. He has already developed an active research program at CSM sponsored by the Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office and the Colorado Office for Economic Development and International Trade along with industrially funded projects. Most recently, he was the recipient of the Sydney H. Melbourne Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Automotive Sheet Steel and the Wire and Machinery Association Educational Trust Fund Grant. He will be co-teaching the Iron and Steelmaking course this fall and will be an active member of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC).

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.

MME Graduate student Ginny Judge will serve a 1-year term as an Advanced Materials and Processes (ASM) Student Board Member. ASM, the American Society for Metals, is the world’s largest association of metals-focused materials scientists. Ginny will attend board meetings, represent Material Advantage on behalf of student members, and work with leading professionals in the Materials Engineering field.

CSM MME alum (MS and PhD) Amy J. Clark was nominated as a 2015 TMS Board of Directors candidate for the Membership and Student Development Director role. TMS- The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society- is a professional organization that combines a wide range of materials engineering, including mineral processing, primary metals production, basic research, and advanced applications of materials. Amy is currently a Scientist in the Materials Science and Metallurgy Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

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.

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