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 in MME:
Searches for two Assistant Professors in MME are underway. For more details see the position description.
Recent Departmental Highlights:
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.
Prof. Corby Anderson gave a plenary lecture at the 18th International Conference of Mineral Processing held in Lower Silesia, Poland. He spoke on new copper and silver production methods.
Research Prof. Richard Ahrenkiel presented an invited talk at the recent International Materials Congress in Cancun, Mexico. He spoke on resonant coupling of the contactless measurement of carrier lifetime. The work was in collaboration with Dr. Steve Johnston of NREL.
Research Prof. Ivan Cornejo in cooperation with Prof. Ivar Reimanis and CCAC graduate student Subramanian Ramalingam filed for a provisional patent on producing glass from food waste. The news of this filing was featured in Ceramic Tech Today.
Prof. Corby Anderson presented a lecture to the Colorado Section of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America. He spoke on the challenges and opportunities of critical and strategic metals.
ASPPRC graduate student Ana Luiza Araujo received a Roberto Rocca Education Program Fellowship (supported by Ternium, Tenaris, and Techint companies). The fellowship will allow her to study the effects of niobium additions in C-Mn-Si quenched and partitioned steels.
August 2013Again this year through the generous support of ArcelorMittal, the senior class had the opportunity to visit their steel making facilities in the Chicago area. This annual trip has become a highlight and allows the students to see steel making processes up close. It also allows the students to interact with technical professionals. Prof. Kip Findley has been the prime lead at CSM for this wonderful start to our semester. As part of the annual Celebration of Mines CSMMAC (CSM Materials Advantage Chapter) ran a table to provide demonstrations and get first year students interested in MME. In the picture at the right (from left to right behind the table) Amanda Erskine, Will Ash, Tyrel Jacobsen and Paul Wilson are providing an interesting demo for two first year students. Prof. Chester Van Tyne was recognized at a recent FIERF (Forging Industry Education and Research Foundation) for 25 years of excellence in research and education as the FIERF Professor at CSM. In the picture Rob Mayer the president of the FIERF board is presenting the plaque to Van Tyne as Anthony Dean, Dean of the College of Applied Science and Engineering at CSM looks on. MME Senior Evody Tshijik Karumb was selected to receive a WAAIME scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. In the photo she is being congratulated by Prof. Michael Kaufman.
Speer Named to John Henry Moore Chair
Prof. John Speer has been names as the John Henry Moore Distinguished Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Speer received his D.Phil degree from University of Oxford in 1983 and then worked as research engineer and supervisor at Bethlehem Steel Corp until 1997 when he joined the MME department at CSM. He has been instrumental in helping the ASPPRC develop into a world class research center focused on the physical metallurgy of steel. He and his students and colleagues have made high quality contributions to the technical literature of steel including his invention of the quenched and partitioning process. This innovative process is currently being implemented by several steel companies worldwide as it allows for the production of high strength steels with higher ductility as compared to standard processing methods.
Research Prof. Richard Ahrenkiel and Donald Dunlavy have been awarded a US patent for a transmission-modulated photoconductive decay measurement system.