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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Ceramics and Metals

The Pacific Northwest has a decades-long history of researching light-metals processing because of the availability of inexpensive hydropower for smelting operations. While the smelters are no longer in operation, WSU continues to perform advanced research in metallurgy and advanced ceramics engineering. The automotive, aerospace, power generation , and electronics industries in Washington and throughout the world rely on experimentation and development in ferrous and non-ferrous alloy processing and advanced ceramics and glasses. WSU lab researchers develop advanced manufacturing and joining techniques for metals and ceramics, including the additive manufacturing (3D printing) of complex structures and the friction-stir welding of dissimilar materials. WSU laboratories perform glass material optimization and specialized single crystal growth. Researchers develop and apply advanced microstructure characterization of through various microscopy techniques, election and x-ray diffraction, spectrometry, and magnetometry, among others. Researchers employ computations from the atomistic level to the continuum scale in connection with the experiments aimed at gaining a mechanistic understanding of processing-structure-properties and relationships for these important materials.

Topics in Ceramics and Metals

  • Physical and mechanical metallurgy
  • Metal deformation and recrystallization
  • Optical ceramics and glasses
  • Radiation effects on materials
  • Grain boundary structure
  • Thin film and IC interconnect structure/properties relationships
  • Nano and micro fabrication/manufacturing, and materials synthesis/processing
  • Mechanical behavior of materials, Nano/micro-mechanics, fatigue and fracture

Faculty in Ceramics and Metals

Display NameContact InformationPhoto
Beckman, Scott
Associate Professor
scott.beckman@wsu.edu
509-335-8571
ETRL 252
Pullman

Ding, Jow-Lian
Professor
Associate Director for Administration, School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
jowlian_ding@wsu.edu
509-335-3226
EME B25
Pullman
Dutta, Indranath
Professor
Director, School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
idutta@wsu.edu
509-335-8654 / 509-335-8354
Sloan 201 / Dana 149B
Pullman
Indranath Dutta
Field, David P
Professor
Associate Dean,
Research and Graduate Education,
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
dfield@wsu.edu
509-335-3524
Carpenter 510
Pullman
Li, Qizhen (Katherine)
Associate Professor
qizhen.li@wsu.edu
509-335-7437
Dana 239C
Pullman
McCloy, John
Professor
Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSEP)
john.mccloy@wsu.edu
509-335-7796
Dana 239D
Pullman
Mesarovic, Sinisa
Professor
smesarovic@wsu.edu
509-335-7936
EME 145
Pullman
Norton, M. Grant
Professor
Dean, WSU Honors College
mg_norton@wsu.edu
509-335-4505
Honors 130
Pullman
Song, Min Kyu
Assistant Professor
minkyu.song@wsu.edu
509-335-8218
EME 159
Pullman
Zbib, Hussein
Regents Professor
zbib@wsu.edu
509-335-7832
Dana 149a
Pullman