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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 Opportunites:  The department has two faculty searches 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:

March 2015

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 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.

December 2014

Graduate student Alexandra Anderson was awarded the 2014-2015 Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Scholarship from The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. (SME). Alexandra will be honored at a special luncheon during the SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Denver in February.

Joe Grogan, a PhD student in the department's Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy (KIEM), was recently named the 2014 recipient of The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF)'s National Scholarship. The RRF is a Washington-based nonprofit organization focusing on research that benefits scrap processing and the recycling industry. Grogan, who successfully defended his thesis in December, received the award based on his research focused on developing a process to remove the zinc coating from galvanized scrap. He developed a process of recycling galvanized steel in its entirety, yielding de-zinced ferrous scrap and value-added zinc products.

Prof Corby Anderson and his graduate students have recently filed for two patents based on both MS and PhD thesis work. The first is "Pressure Oxidation of Enargite Concentrates" (with Connor Mills) and the second is "Purification of Yttrium Using Iminodiacetic Acid Resin" (with Benjamin Kronholm).

Prof Corinne Packard's collaborative work with NREL on next generation solar PV technologies has been awarded $1.5 million by the US Department of Energy. The project aims to develop an InGaAsP/Si tandem photovoltaic technology that will yield low-cost, high-efficiency devices. The research conducts controlled liftoff of III-V devices grown on Ge substrates with attention toward device quality, substrate reuse, and manufacturability. Focus is also given to developing a low-cost, high-throughput growth of highly efficient III-V solar cells with the optimal bandgap to achieve the maximum efficiency from a two-junction structure. The Mines-NREL joint project is funded through SunShot's "Next Generation Photovoltaics Program" - a collective national effort put forth by the Department of Energy with the goal of making solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade.

November 2014

The work of an MME undergraduate team has helped win a $60,000 research project with Los Alamos National Laboratory to evaluate a new titanium alloy and new surface treatment, both designed for medical devices. The MME undergraduate team customized metal surfaces for biocompatibility testing. Since surface topography influences how living cells proliferate and grow on alloy surfaces, it is important to standardize metallurgical features of surfaces before testing them. Having standardized surfaces enables researchers to better compare the how human cells interact with emerging new alloys for use in orthopedic devices and dental implants. The team included MME seniors Chris Crouse, Casey Davis, Matt Glazier, Toni Griego, Joel Grzenia, Brendan Lyle, Isaac Mares, Alexis Mertz, and Kat Murphy.

October 2014

Prof Stephen Liu received the IIW Jaeger Lecture Award and gave the opening lecture at the First International Institute of Welding Pan American Welding Congress in São Paulo, Brazil on October 20th, 2015. The award was established to pay tribute to the late Professor Hans Jaeger who had an outstanding career in shipbuilding in Belgium and education at the University of Delft. The meeting counted on the presence of over 200 delegates from North and South American countries. Prof. Liu presented his lecture titled “Residual Stress Management using LTTW Consumables.”

Prof Brajendra Mishra invited talk on Critical Materials Recycling and Recovery won the Best Scientific Presentation on the conference theme of “Recycling Industries and Cities” at the 2014 World Resource Forum in Arequipa, Peru.  The forum was attended by more than 1,000 policy makers, scientists, industry leaders, academicians, and technology developers in the area of resources for humanity.

MME Graduate Education Specialist Kelly Hummel received the 2014 Classified Employee of the Year Award.  In addition to taking on extra duties during administrative restructuring, Kelly facilitated the creation of the “Women in Materials, Metallurgy, and Nuclear” organization (“WiMMN”) to provide additional support to women in each of these three focuses.   She was nominated based on her teamwork, sound judgment, and going beyond the call of duty.


SMMAC - the Colorado School of Mines Material Advantage Chapter - was awarded the "Most Outstanding Chapter Award" for their 2013-2014 efforts and activities. The group was nationally honored with a ceremony at the 2014 MS&T Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. This is the first time CSMMAC has received this prestigious honor.

Graduate student Yachao Chen received the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) award at the 2014 MS&T Conference. Yachao was one of only three students to receive the highest of nine awards - the Diamond Award - as a result of an open competition for all 887 graduate students at the conference.

September 2014

Research faculty Prof. Steven Midson was invited to give a plenary presentation at the 13th International Conference on Semi-Solid Processing of Alloys and Composites at the German University of Terchnology in Oman in Muscat, Oman. At the conference, held September 15-17, he gave a presentation entitled, "Industrial Applications for Aluminum Semi-Solid Castings."

Assistant Prof Corinne Packard received the CAREER award from NSF's Ceramics Program.  This prestigious award from the National Science Foundation is "to support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher scholars though outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."  This special award will allow Prof. Packard to extend and deepen her reserach over a longer period of time than a typical grant would allow.  She received the award based on her proposal regarding controlling phase transformation kinetics in metastable materials.  Her award and research topic were then featured in the October/November issue of the American Ceramic Society Bulletin.

August 2014

On August 28, the MME department observed National Bowtie Recognition Day.  Students, faculty, and staff attending the department's afternoon seminar sported oversized bowties in an effort to acknowledge the fashion accessory's heritage.  Attendees also honored Prof Chester Van Tyne, who has worn a bowtie to almost every lecture he has given since the date of his second daughter's wedding (in June of 2011).

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.

On August 13-15, 29 MME students traveled to Burns Harbor, IN as part of an invited tour of ArcelorMittal's facilities there. ArclorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, and is the leading supplier of steel products in all major markets. Students toured the company's research and development center, operations plant, and mills, furthering their understanding of each step in the steel making process.  The hosted trip concluded with an architectural boat tour of downtown Chicago.

Prof Stephen Liu gave a keynote presentation (Palestra Magna) at the 2014 Rio Welding Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 27. Rio Welding 2014 is the first welding conference that is focused on oil and gas applications organized and sponsored by the Brazilian petroleum company, Petrobras. The meeting counted on the presence of over 380 participants from Petrobras and its subcontractors. Prof Liu presented his keynote titled, "Pyrometallurgical Studies of Molten Metal Droplets for the Characterization of Gas Metal Arc Welding." He also conducted a seminar for 40 Petrobras welding engineers on the subject of "High Strength Steel Welding: Microstructural Characterization; Hydrogen Effects - Mitigation, Management, and Minimization."

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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