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.

A Welcome Message

Angus RockettGreetings from sunny Colorado. Things are exciting in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department. Since joining MME last summer, Amy and Kester Clarke have both been doing outstanding research. Amy was honored to give an invited talk at MS&T for her work on alloy solidification visualization with real-time spatially-resolved diffraction analysis. She has also been selected to participate in the LIFT Expert Educator program. Kester has been named the FIERF Professor of Forging and has already created a vigorous and growing research group.

Other faculty highlights include Corinne Packard winning the TMS Award for Excellent Promise and David Matlock presenting a plenary talk at the MS&T meeting last fall. Many other departmental accomplishments, including a number of student award winners, are highlighted on the right side of this page.

The Department is thrilled by the level of support from our alumni. One family pledged $1M over ten years to support MME while other alumni donations are up over 350% from the average of the previous five years. These donations make it possible to support better teaching and promote novel research and instructional methods, permitting our faculty to take risks, while helping to renew our teaching facilities. We are very appreciative of our alumni donors who make great teaching and research possible, keeping MME a leader in materials research. We encourage anyone with the resources to spare to click the “Give to MME” link on the right side of the page. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at

Angus Rockett
Department Head
March 2017