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Amit | 412-268-4566 | 101 PH

Professor - Civil and Environmental Engineering; Materials Science Engineering

Crystal dislocation mechanics and plasticity from the atomic to macroscopic scales; averaging of nonlinear, time-dependent material behavior for engineering applications; computational solid mechanics; general continuum mechanics.

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Katayun | 412-268-4380 | 143 REH

Professor - Materials Science and Engineering

Katayun Barmark is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Barmark completed her M.S. in Metallurgy and Ph.D. in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985 and 1989 respectively. Professor Barmark joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 1999 and was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2002. Professor Barmak's research interests include processing, properties, crystal structure, grain structure, and texture of polycrystalline metal films for application in integrated circuits and magnetic recording media and MEMS; thermodynamics and kinetics of reactions and phase transformations in nanostructuctured films; experimental, analytical and simulational studies of transformations and associated microstructures in thin films; and properties of grain boundaries.

Jacobo Bielak Photo

Jacobo | 412-268-2958 | 123H BP

Professor - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Computational science and engineering with emphasis on engineering seismology and earthquake engineering.

Kaushik Dayal Photo

Kaushik | 412-268-2949 | 118J PH

Assistant Professor - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Mechanics of microstructure in materials, dynamics of active materials and phase transformations, ferroelectrics-based optical and electronic microstructured devices, molecular models of solids, mechanics of biological viruses and nanostructures.


Maarten De | 412-268-2870 | 325 SH

Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Maarten P. de Boer is interested in thin film materials as related to their physical properties and to their applications. He has used MEMS devices as a vehicle for measuring the mechanical and surface properties of thin films and also for making nanoscale measurements. Researchers in de Boer's group are interested in mechanics, materials science, fabrication, testing and modeling of small-scale devices and properties.

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Marc De | 412-268-8527 | 130 REH

Associate Professor - Materials Science & Engineering

Professor De Graef's research interests lie in the area of microstructural characterization of structural intermetallics and magnetic materials. His current focus is on the development of experimental and modeling techniques for the quantitative study of magnetic domain configurations in a variety of materials, including ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, magnetic thin films, and patterned structures.

Gary Fedder Photo

Gary | 412-268-8443/5352 | 1201 HBH

Director - ICES; Director - CIMM; Howard M. Wilkoff Professor - Electrical and Computer Engineering and Robotics

Professor Fedder's research interests include MEMS modeling, simulation and synthesis, integration of MEMS and CMOS, physical sensor design, microactuator control systems, RF MEMS, gas chemical microsensors and implantable biosensors.

Fred Higgs Photo

C. Fred | 412-268-2486 | 309 SH

Professor - Mechanical Engineering; Courtesy Professor - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Higgs conducts particulate flow modeling and experimental research that utilizes the basic principles of tribology, fluid and rheological mechanics. His Particulate Flow & Tribology Laboratory studies three different particulate-based tribosystems from the nano- to macro-scale. Currently, his research projects span the nanotechnology, MEMS, nanomanufacturing, biotechnology, and fossil-fuel energy arenas.

Mohammad Islam Photo

Mohammad | 412-268-8999 | 4315 WEH

Assistant Professor - Materials Science and Engineering

The Islam group employs both soft- and nanomaterials approaches to engineer multifunctional materials with tailored optical, electrical, thermal and mechanical properties. These unique materials have diverse applications in areas such as photonics, fuel cells, supercapacitors, drug delivery vessels, scaffolds for tissue engineering, etc.

John Kitchin Photo

John | 412-268-7803 | 2208C DH

Assistant Professor - Chemical Engineering

Phil LeDuc Photo

Philip R. | 412-268-2504 | 415 SH

Courtesy Professor - Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences

Professor LeDuc's research focuses on linking mechanics to biochemistry through exploring the science of molecular to cellular biomechanics through nano- and micro-technology, control theory approaches, and computational biology. Professor LeDuc investigates the link between mechanics and biochemistry with respect to structural regulation in living cells. Specifically, he is interested in the question of how cells sense and respond to mechanical signals and convert them into biochemical processes.

Xin Li Photo

Xin | 412-268-6507 | 2139 HH

Research Scientist - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Li's research focuses on developing novel modeling, analysis and optimization algorithms to facilitate the bold move from deterministic circuit design to statistical and probabilistic design.

Craig Maloney Photo

Craig | 412-268-2940 | 103 PH

Assistant Professor - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Microstructural mechanics of solids: non-linear elasticity, plasticity, fracture; discrete methods for mechanical modeling, statistical mechanics.


Alan | 412-268-9605 | 322 SH

Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Professor McGaughey's research is focused on using numerical modeling techniques, notably molecular dynamics simulations, to understand the behavior of materials at the atomic level. While based in a mechanical engineering framework, the work also draws from materials science, physics, and chemistry.

Burak Ozdoganlar Photo

Burak | 412-268-9890 | 303 SH

Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Professor Ozdoganlar's research interest focuses on nano/micro/meso-scale manufacturing; nano and micro-scale mechanical characterization; and modeling, simulation and experimentation of MEMS/microsystems.

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Lawrence | 412-268-6774 | 2113 HH

Professor - Electrical & Computer Engineering

The economic aspects and physical realities of nanoscale IC design and manufacturing are creating more opportunities for programmable and reconfigurable circuits, but the performance advantages of application-specific circuit customization motivate the need for new design methodologies. Dr. Pileggi's research group is exploring various forms of circuit regularity and supporting design methodologies that will facilitate affordable nanoscale silicon IC implementation. This includes the creation of new regular fabrics for digital and analog circuit design that offer a continuum of trade-off opportunities from fully customizable to fully programmable circuits.

Greg Rohrer Photo

Greg | 412-268-2696 | 3325 WEH

W.W.Mullins Professor and Dept Head - Materials Science and Engineering

The properties of surfaces and grain boundaries are influenced by their geometric and crystallographic structure, their stoichiometry, and their defect structure. Professor Rohrer’s research is aimed at the quantitative study of interfacial properties with the goal of defining structure-property relationships for interfaces. Current research in the area of polycrystalline structure has the goals of quantifying the population of different grain boundary types, measuring their properties, understanding the mechanism by which the network forms during processing, and understanding the influence that the network structure has on the macroscopic properties of the material. Current research in the area of metal oxide surfaces has the long range goal of developing composite polar oxide materials that make the photolytic production of hydrogen economically feasible.

Anthony Rollett Photo

Anthony | 412-268-3177 | 148 REH

Professor - Materials Science & Engineering

Microstructure-property relationships in crystallographically textured materials Grain boundaries, their anisotropic properties and their impact on microstructural evolution Grain growth and recrystallization Computer simulation of microstructural evolution and properties of materials Statistical methods for describing and constructing microstructures in three dimensions Texture- and interface- sensitive properties, e.g. strength, fatigue resistance.

Sridhar Seetharaman Photo

Sridhar | 412-268-2675 | 4317 WEH

Posco Professor - Materials Science and Engineering

Robert Sekera Photo

Robert | 412-268-2362 | 6416 WEH

University Professor - Mathematical Sciences; Physics

Most of my research is interdisciplinary and is concerned with theoretical problems in materials science that lead to challenging problems in physics and mathematics. Examples are the thermodynamics of stressed solids, transport phenomena, surfaces and interfaces, phase transformations, the precise definition of chemical potentials in stressed solids, the fundamental basis of the Onsager reciprocal relations in multi-component diffusion and heat flow, and the influence of anisotropic surface tension on crystal shape.

Robert Suter Photo

Robert | 412-268-2740 | 6406 WEH

Professor - Physics

In collaboration with scientists at Sector 1 of the Advanced Photon Source, we are developing a high energy x-ray diffraction microscope (XDM) and the software necessary to reconstruct three dimensional maps of microstructure. This technique probes grain geometries and orientations deep inside of bulk materials. Being non-destructive, the technique makes it possible to watch the dynamical behavior of microstructure well away from the influence of surfaces. A wide variety of materials applications can be imagined, including fundamental studies of grain growth and the response of ensembles of grains to the application of stress. This project is part of CMU's NSF sponsored Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

Robert Swendsen Photo

Robert | 412-268-2740 | 6410 WEH

Professor - Physics

My main area of research is solid state physics and statistical mechanics, with an emphasis on computer simulations. I have worked especially on thermodynamic phase transitions combining computer simulations with a renormalization-group analysis.

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Shlomo Ta' | 412-268-5582 | 6219 WEH

Professor - Mathematical Sciences

My current research interests are mainly in the area of multiscale problems where bridging across scales of representation is a major focus. For example, how do the Navier-Stokes equations, or the Elasticity/Plasticity equations emerge from atomistic/molecular levels? What are the correct variables to introduce in modeling the problem on different scales? What are the predictable features of large systems of interacting entities (atoms/molecules, cells, etc.)? We deal with microscopic models which may be deterministic or stochastic, discrete or continuous and coarse graining of these models through intermediate scales to the macroscopic level is sought.

Luc Tartar Photo

Luc | 412-268-5734 | 6212 WEH

University Professor - Mathematical Sciences

My research concerns the development of mathematical tools for studying the oscillating solutions of the nonlinear partial differential equations of continuum mechanics. For physical phenomena described at a microscopic level you need to understand what equations should be used at a macroscopic level, and the mathematical model used is based on different notions of weak convergence.

Elias Towe Photo

Elias | 412-268-8091 | 147 REH

Professor - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Towe's group pursues research in basic optical and quantum phenomena in materials for applications in novel photonic devices that enable a new generation of information processing systems for communication, computation, and sensing. The group is also interested in understanding new pathways and fundamental mechanisms for solar energy conversion devices. Current focus is on the use of phenomena (such as three-dimensional quantum-confinement effects in nanometer-scale structures) in the study of novel devices. Examples include: quantum-dot infrared detectors and imaging sensors, electrically-pumped photonic crystal micro-cavity lasers with quantum-dot active regions, multi-spectral solar energy conversion devices, plasmonic bio-sensors, and fluorescence bio-sensing devices.

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Noel | 412-268-6291 | 6303 WEH

Professor - Mathematical Sciences

Walkington's research interests center around the development and analysis of algorithms for the solution of partial differential equations that arise in engineering and science. He is particularly interested in bringing new tools to bear upon challenging problems that arise in the numerical approximation of pde's. Walkington is also interested in the design and analysis of mesh generation algorithms. Two dimensional mesh generation has evolved to a very satisfactory state; however, many issues remain open in the theory and implementation in three dimensions.


Yang | 412-268-2795 |

Senior Scientific Specialist

Local Density functional (LDA) Theory, Multiple Scattering Theory, Locally Self-consistent Multiple Scattering (LSMS) Method.

Michael Widom Photo

Michael | 412-268-2740 | 6424 WEH

Professor - Physics

My research concentrates on the structure of metals and alloys. I develop and apply first-principles multiscale methods that combine quantum mechanics (electronic density functional theory) with statistical mechanics to predict finite temperature thermodynamics. Specific recent projects concentrate on non-crystalline materials, including modeling the structure and formation of metallic glass, and understanding the thermodynamic stability of quasicrystals.

B Erik Ydstie Photo

B Erik | 412-268-2235 | 2208 DH

Professor - Chemical Engineering

To develop methods for stable and robust control and optimization of chemical processes that combine physical models and on-line learning.