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.
Angus Rockett named new head of MME DepartmentDr. Angus Rockett has been named the new head of the George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.
Rockett came to Mines this fall from the University of Illinois, where he was professor of materials science. His research interests include photovoltaics; growth and analysis of thin films; modeling of materials, especially semiconductors; and microelectromechanical systems. Rockett holds a BS in physics from Brown University and a PhD from the University of Illinois.
Rockett has been familiar with Mines for years through colleagues he has worked with in energy materials, engineering education and accreditation, and other topics. "The faculty includes many who are very well known across the materials community," he said, "and the metals and ceramics areas are exceptionally strong."