Materials Research Grand Challenges, Evolving Capabilities, and the Push for Convergent Research

Dr. Linda Sapochak, National Science Foundation

A joint meeting with the ASM Brandywine Valley Chapter

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Advances in Personal Protection (PPE) Strategies and Technologies

Dr. Eric Van Gieson, DARPA

Thursday April 22, 2021


Chemical and biological threats have become increasingly ubiquitous and diverse. They present a risk to our stability operators in pandemic outbreak scenarios, and our warfighters serving in diverse operating environments. State-of-the-art protective equipment continues to severely limit mobility and performance of the user because of a dependence upon protective garments that are thick, heavy, and cumbersome. The Personalized Protective Biosystem (PPB) program aims to reduce protective equipment needs while increasing protection against existing and future CB threats.

PPB technologies will improve stability and provide flexibility for field-forward individuals operating in austere environments regardless of threat. This will be achieved with lightweight materials and adaptable, tissue-protective countermeasures acting independently, or as an ensemble, to provide on-demand, broad spectrum, and rapid protection. Most importantly, the program will leverage molecular components or commensal organisms at key points of vulnerability to remove protective equipment burden from the user. Successful PPB technologies would therefore change how the military and public health communities perform in unpredictable threat environments.

About the speaker

Dr. Eric Van Gieson joined DARPA as a Program Manager in August 2017 with the goal of using host-based methods to mitigate the impacts of emerging disease threats. He is exploring epigenetic and real-time monitoring approaches that can dynamically guide healthcare decisions and therapy, and new methods of increasing patient survival in austere environments using intelligent systems partnered with local care providers.

Throughout his career, Dr. Van Gieson has worked with private and interagency government partners to build diagnostic and healthcare solutions. For example, he leveraged those partnerships to develop a novel patient transport system known as the Containerized BioContainment System, a platform that received an R&D 100 award and is currently in use by the Departments of State and Health and Human Services. He also created a university-based drug development pipeline to accelerate development of therapeutic products for guarding against WMD and emerging disease threats. His work has led to technology that links home-use and point-of-care diagnostics with health surveillance capabilities, especially in resource-limited environments, with the goal of stopping epidemics before they emerge. Dr. Van Gieson has also led technology development and evaluation efforts in diagnostics for the Department of Defense, and has supported major diagnostics acquisition and science and technology programs.

Dr. Van Gieson received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has published on topics ranging from genomic analysis to autonomous systems. He served as the chief judge on the Nokia Sensing XChallenge and as a judge on the QualComm Tricorder XChallenge on behalf of the XPrize Foundation.

Evolution of Turbine Engine Materials (Lessons Learned & Future Needs)

Dr. Paul Bartolotta

Thursday April 8, 2021


Join us for a discussion on materials evolution and future needs for commercial and military aerospace engines. The discussion will concentrate on hot components of turbine engines. Included in the talk will be a sample of lessons learned during a 30+ year career at NASA on the design and development of those engine components. Future research areas will also be addressed to spark ideas and opportunities as perceived by one of the technology leaders in this field.

About the speaker

Dr. Paul Bartolotta worked at NASA Glenn Research Center for over 30 years in applied research for advanced aerospace applications. Since the early 1980s, Dr. Bartolotta has been recognized as a leader in advanced structures and materials research for aerospace vehicles/propulsion and high energy systems. He has created new material systems, identified/corrected potential design flaws in space propulsion and space power systems, investigated new advanced material systems, developed specialized test methods, and created world-renowned test facilities. Dr. Bartolotta has significantly contributed to successful X-vehicle flight tests for the X-43’s Mach 7 flight; X-43’s Mach 10 flight; and Ares I-X, and he is frequently requested to sit on independent review boards, mishap review teams, and source evaluation boards for both NASA and Defense programs. Dr. Bartolotta is a recipient of NASA medals for Exceptional Service and Exceptional Achievement, 4 NASA Space Act Awards for technical achievements, and an R&D 100 Award. He has authored/co-authored over 120 publications & technical presentations.

Research Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing

Dr. Khershed Cooper, NSF

Tuesday March 30, 2021


The mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to promote the progress of science to advance national health, prosperity and welfare. To fulfill this mission, NSF invests in engineering research and education to foster innovations for the benefit of society. The frontiers of this research are enabled in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) at scales ranging from nano to infrastructure. CMMI’s advanced manufacturing program supports transformative advances in manufacturing and materials processing and fosters multidisciplinary basic research that applies innovative manufacturing approaches to accelerate new product development, customize products, increase production efficiency and reduce production cost. The program engages industry participation, collaborative research, and works with the Manufacturing USA institutes. The program seeks to enable manufacturing that does not exist today and also plays a role in many of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas, such as Quantum Leap, Data Science and Growing Convergence. Join us for an overview of these programs and some deep dives into promising research.

About the speaker

Dr. Khershed P. Cooper is a Program Director for the Advanced Manufacturing program in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division of the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He directs basic research activities in advanced manufacturing, and associated Manufacturing USA and NSF-DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) collaborations. He is a disciplinary program officer for the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) and a co-director for cross-cutting programs, such as, Critical Aspects of Sustainability, Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation, Network for Computational Nanotechnology and National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure. He is an NSF representative for the Nano Science Engineering and Technology sub-committee, which frames the strategic plan for the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Cooper was concurrently a program officer for manufacturing science at the Office of Naval Research and a senior research metallurgist at the Naval Research Laboratory. He received his MS and PhD from University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has nearly 200 invited talks, 70 contributed presentations, 150 publications, edited one book and one patent and has sponsored international studies, symposia, and workshops in many areas of advanced manufacturing. He is a Fellow of SME and ASM International and a recipient of ASM International’s Burgess Memorial Award.

The Importance and Characterization of Residual Stress in Engineering Materials

Dr. Jeff Bunn, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tuesday December 08, 2020


Studies utilizing neutron diffraction have been a consideration since the 1940s and are relatively commonplace today. Join us for a discussion on the background about the history of neutron diffraction, including the 50 plus year history of neutron research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Neutron diffraction has proven a valuable tool for materials characterization, specifically for the technique’s merits in residual stress mapping. Neutron diffraction allows for non-destructive spatial characterization of residual stresses in engineering materials with deep penetration, as opposed to x-ray diffraction which can only characterize the surface stress state. However, neutrons are not a common laboratory tool, and require large user facilities to be operated and maintained. This presentation will also include a basic overview of neutron diffraction in engineering materials and their use in mapping residual stresses in welding applications. For those interested, information on how users can access the neutron facilities at ORNL will be provided.

About the speaker

Jeff Bunn is the lead instrument scientist at the residual stress diffractometer (HIDRA) located at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He obtained his B.S. in Engineering from The University of Tennessee at Martin in 2007 and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2014. He first came to ORNL in 2006 as an undergraduate intern working at the High Temperature Materials Laboratory utilizing x-ray and neutron diffraction for strain determination in engineering materials. Following his Ph.D., he returned to ORNL as a postdoctoral research associate in the Chemical and Engineering Materials Division in 2014 and was hired permanently as an instrument scientist in 2017. His past and current research interests are within applied materials research of engineering materials. Some of the broad research topics he has explored are concerning material responses to complex loadings (biaxial torsion, combined tension and torsion, or proportional loadings) measured by neutron and x-ray diffraction, and material responses to joining, such as welding. He also has worked on new data analysis tools for reduction and visualization of neutron and X-ray data. He has a continued interest in neutron imaging for the purpose of strain, texture and phase in engineering materials.

The Top 10 Ways Materials Science and Engineering has Changed

Dr. Toni Marechaux, FASM

Thursday November 12, 2020


There are many ways that materials science and engineering has changed since the 1970s --when “Materials and Man's Needs” was written and the MSE discipline emerged at the intersection of extractive metallurgy, mechanics, solid state physics, and physical chemistry. New departments arose in many industrial, academic, and government institutions, and new materials were changing the world. Let's look at where "materials science and engineering" is today: where people work, what they do, and how they do it. We'll also talk about what's happening in materials development, recycling, informatics, and what is still changing.

About the speaker

Dr. Toni Marechaux has extensive experience in technology and innovation spanning basic research, technology development, and program management. She is currently a member of the ASM Board of Trustees and has spent over ten years supporting the Defense Science Board and other government programs in areas including hypersonic missiles, autonomous systems, microelectronics, and quantum science. She also spent 5 years at the National Academies where she directed the activities of the National Materials Advisory Board and the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design. Prior to this, she worked as a program manager at the Department of Energy in energy efficiency of industrial processes, and at NASA developing materials for space power systems. Prior to NASA, she worked at National Steel Corporation. Dr. Marechaux received her degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (MS and PhD) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BS).

Advances in Materials Technologies for Nuclear Applications

Dr. Aladar Csontos, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020


Two recent advances in materials technologies are poised to enable new capabilities and potential for the nuclear power industry. Currently licensed fuel designs in the majority of light water reactors use uranium dioxide fuel enclosed within a zirconium alloy cladding. Years of research accompanied by 60 years of commercial reactor operational experience have optimized these fuels to achieve economic and safe operation of the current nuclear plant fleet. The events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power generating station coupled with recent material advancements have provided a strong motivation for the nuclear power industry, academia, and national laboratories to develop and transition to new fuel designs with an emphasis on improving safety, performance, and reliability for expected operating and accident conditions. However, for these Advanced Technology Fuels or Accident Tolerant Fuels (ATF) to achieve widespread adoption by the fleet of operating plants, they will need to provide additional safety and economic benefits over current fuels. In the course of developing the ATF technologies, novel approaches have been developed to monitor and assess fuel performance. Join us to discuss these novel, durable, and remote sensing technologies and the use of advanced robotics to inspect, monitor, and assess spent fuel and dry storage canister integrity for long-term storage applications.

About the speaker

Dr. Aladar (Al) Csontos is a Technical Executive in the Fuel, Chemistry, Low-Level Waste and High-Level Waste group in the Nuclear Sector working on Accident Tolerant Fuels and various nuclear waste issues. Prior to joining EPRI in 2016, he spent 16 years at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in various capacities. He served as the Chief of the Renewals and Materials and Long-term Spent Fuel Management Branches in the Division of Spent Fuel Management. He led teams of engineers responsible for technical safety reviews of commercial transportation cask designs, spent fuel storage cask designs, independent spent fuel storage renewals, reprocessing technologies, and consolidated interim spent fuel storage facilities. Prior to NRC, he worked at the Center for Naval Analyses. Dr. Csontos received his degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University (BS) and University of Virginia (Masters & PhD).

The Materials Genome Initiative and Artificial Intelligence

Dr. James A. Warren, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


The U.S. Materials Genome Initiative is now in its eighth year. With a goal of accelerating the discovery, design, development, and deployment of new materials into manufactured products, the MGI is focused on the creation of a materials innovation infrastructure. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has framed its support for the MGI around the need for a data infrastructure that enables the rapid discovery of existing data and models, the tools to assess and improve the quality of those data, and finally the development of new methods and metrologies based on that data. In partnership with agencies across the government, academia, and industry, these approaches are now yielding significant advances. Of particular note is the potential for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications upon these troves of data, which is now being borne out, and the vast consequent opportunities for new discoveries. The presentation will include a focused discussion on the special aspects of applying machine learning to physical phenomena, and the philosophical foundations of knowledge.

About the speaker:

Dr. James A. Warren is the Director of the Materials Genome Program in the Material Measurement Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). After receiving his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which was preceded by an A.B. (also in Physics) from Dartmouth College, in 1992 he took a position as a National Research Council post-doc in the Metallurgy Division at NIST. In 1995, with three other junior NIST staff members, he co-founded the NIST Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science, which he has directed since 2001. From 2005-2013 he was the Leader of the Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group. His research has been broadly concerned with developing both models of materials phenomena, and the tools to enable the solution of these models. Specific foci over the years has included solidification, pattern formation, grain structures, creep, diffusion, wetting, and spreading in metals. In 2010-11, Dr. Warren was part of the ad hoc committee within the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) that crafted the founding whitepaper on the Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). Since 2012, Dr. Warren has served as the Executive Secretary of the NSTC MGI Subcommittee, coordinating inter-agency efforts to achieve the goals laid out in the MGI.

High-Throughput Methodologies for Accelerated Design of Alloys

Dr. Ji-Cheng "JC" Zhao, Minta Martin Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland College Park

Tuesday, October 8, 2019


This talk will review some recent advances in high-throughput experimental techniques for rapid collections of materials property data for simulations of materials properties. Localized property measurements on composition gradients created in diffusion multiples allow effective collection of composition-dependent properties, including thermal conductivity, heat capacity, coefficient of thermal expansion, and elastic constants. A newly developed forward-simulation analysis allows accurate measurement of impurity (dilute) diffusion coefficients from regular diffusion couple profiles without using isotope tracer experiments. The impurity diffusion coefficients together with interdiffusion coefficients are essential to the establishment of diffusion (mobility) databases for modeling the creep properties of materials and precipitation processes. Recent development of dual-anneal diffusion multiples (DADMs) allow rapid and systematic collection of phase precipitation kinetics and morphological evolution data across wide ranges of compositions as a function of time and temperature, creating large datasets for validation and testing of model simulations.

About the speaker:

Dr. Ji-Cheng "JC" Zhao joined the University of Maryland (UMD) on July 1, 2019 as the new Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). He arrived from The Ohio State University (OSU) where he served as an MSE Professor for about a decade and Associate Chair for about four years. Prior to that, Zhao was a materials scientist and project leader at GE Global Research in Schenectady, New York for 12 years. From 2014-2017, he took a leave from OSU to serve as a program director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Dr. Zhao is a Fellow of ASM International and the Materials Research Society (MRS). His research focuses on high-throughput methodologies, determination of phase diagrams and other materials properties, computational thermodynamics, and design of advanced alloys and coatings. Zhao also pioneered the development of a diffusion-multiple approach and co-developed a few materials property microscopy tools for accelerated materials discovery and development. The invention of ultrafast laser materials property microscopy by the Zhao-Cahill team was a finalist for the 2018 Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis. Zhao holds 48 issued US patents and was the 2001 winner of the prestigious Hull Award from GE Global Research. An alloy he co-invented is widely used in GE gas turbines. Dr. Zhao will be serving on the Board of Trustees of ASM International for the 2019-2021 term.

Materials Development from Genome to Flight

Dr. Jason Sebastian, QuesTek Innovations

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


The new ultra-high strength, high performance structural steel, Ferrium® M54™ is a stellar success story for Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). The development of this alloy was sponsored under a U.S. Navy-funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Development at QuekTek started from a clean sheet design in 2007 with a variety of computational models. A precise chemical composition for M54 was achieved in less than one year, and the first 10-ton VIM/VAR ingot was produced the following year. An Aerospace Material Specification (AMS 6516) was issued two years later, and inclusion in the MMPDS handbook for A- and B- basis design minima was approved in December 2013. QuesTek coordinated the production and qualification of hook shank components made from M54 that were successfully flight tested in December 2014. Results and data for M54 will be presented from throughout the alloy development process, with a focus on the properties that distinguish it from legacy materials, many of which took 20 years or more to gain approval for flight systems. Highlights of recent M54 application and commercialization activities will also be presented.

About the speaker:

Dr. Jason Sebastian is the President of QuesTek Innovations LLC. QuesTek Innovations is a small business in Evanston, IL focused on the computational design, development, and insertion of new alloys and materials using Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) methodologies. Sebastian also serves on the Board of Directors of QuesTek Europe AB (Stockholm, Sweden), a joint venture company formed by QuesTek Innovations LLC and Thermo-Calc Software AB that offers ICME modelling and materials design services to the European market. Sebastian is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering and a B.A. in Philosophy. After a year of post-graduate study at Cambridge University, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. At QuesTek, Sebastian is focused on overall company growth and management, and on the entire spectrum of commercial- and government-sponsored alloy modeling, development, and deployment activities. Since joining QuesTek in 2006, his technical activities have focused on: the development of high strength steels for structural and power transmission applications; precipitation-strengthened cobalt-based alloys; alloys for additive manufacturing; non-toxic, high-strength/low-friction copper-based alloys to replace lead-containing bronzes; a low-cost, castable titanium alloy; a highly-processable nickel-based superalloy; advanced soft magnetic alloys; and other computationally-designed alloys. Sebastian has been the author/co-author on numerous technical papers and publications, and he holds two patents. His ASM International service includes terms as Vice-Chair (2015-2016), Chair (2016-2017), and Membership Chair (2017-2018) of the Chicago Regional Chapter, and a term as the “District 13 Representative” on the Chapter Council (2017-2018).

MaterialsDC Student Night

Join Material Advantage students from across the U.S. for networking and tours after Congressional Visits Day

Presentation by Dr. Erik Mueller, NTSB

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tour Information

Material Advantage, the student program for materials science and engineering, is participating in "STEM on the Hill" Congressional Visits Day, bringing students from across the country to Washington DC to raise visibility and support for science, engineering and technology.

The Washington DC Chapters of the American Ceramic Society and ASM have invited the students to share their experiences on Capitol Hill and to network with each other and our local members. We have reserved the Club Room on L'Enfant Plaza Concourse, a private space with plenty of seating and space for socializing.

Even better, we have also arranged for a presentation from the materials scientists at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Small groups can break away from the networking to tour the NTSB labs at L'Enfant Plaza (between 5:30 and 7 pm) and get the scoop on the materials science behind some previous cases. Have you ever wanted to look at an indestructable "black box" up close? Here's your chance!

Special offer! -- the NTSB is hiring! Check out this job posting for a Materials Engineer. Note it closes March 29.

Both students and our local members are welcome to attend the tours and presentation, and may also pay for a delicious buffet dinner.


The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged with investigating transportation accidents across aircraft, rail, pipeline, marine, highway, and hazardous materials platforms. The Materials Laboratory specializes in failure analysis to support the determination of the cause of these accidents. Materials failure analysis employs the underlying principles of materials science and engineering, from phase diagrams to corrosion reactions to manufacturing processes to identify the mode of failure. This presentation will focus on how principles of materials science are used every day at the agency to understand failure modes such as fracture, which in turn are used to determine the causes of and recommendations to prevent accidents.

About the speaker:

Dr. Erik Mueller is a Materials Research Engineer at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, DC. He has performed over 100 failure investigations of aircraft, rail, pipeline, and marine transportation accidents. In 2018, Erik earned the John K. Lauber Award from the agency for his work on the Centreville, Virginia pipeline accident, and he received the Silver Medal award from ASM at MS&T in Columbus for his contributions to failure analysis and ASM International. He is a licensed professional engineer in Florida, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Dr. Mueller graduated from the University of Florida in 2007 and served as the official mascot (Albert the Alligator). Erik has served on the Board of Directors for the Failure Analysis Society, volunteers with the ASM Handbook and Women in Engineering Committees, teaches failure analysis to high school students at the Eisenmann Materials Camp each summer, while also teaching the PE test prep course for TMS.

Blacksmithing 101 Demo

Nova Labs in Reston, VA
Saturday, March 2 at 6 pm (and dinner to follow at 8 pm)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Blacksmithing 101

The chapter is doing something a little different this month! You are invited to observe a class covering the basics of blacksmithing. The class is free for audience and observers to listen -- and to find out if you would like to try blacksmithing at a future event. The 3 makers in the class will learn essential skills like hammer control, tapering, bending, and twisting as well as key safety items like how to avoid burning yourself, branding your friends, or hitting yourself with blunt objects.Those taking the class will leave with whatever metal they have beaten into submission.

This is also a great opportunity to take a look at NOVA Labs in Reston, VA, a membership-driven, all-volunteer makerspace, founded in 2011 with the purpose of empowering the community to rediscover the joy of making things.

WHAT YOU'RE GETTING INTO: The demo will take place in "blacksmithing alley" behind the lab, so dress in layers, as it might be chilly but there will also be fire. And also sparks. Class participants MUST wear non-synthetic clothes, including leather shoes and long pants, and the audience members should as well. Bring your own or borrow the Lab's safety glasses.

We plan to head over toJackson's Mighty Fine Food and Lucky Lounge afterward for an 8pm dinner to discuss the finer points of beating metal into submission.

Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) - An Enabling Technology for Space Systems

Dr. Vivek Dwivedi, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


A key technology development driver in environmental control systems and next generation optics utilize thin film development borrowed from the semiconductor industry. We will start with a brief history of NASA and the Goddard Space Flight Center through its 60-year existence, and discuss how thin film technology has emerged as an enabling technology for optical and physical properties of spacecraft components in challenging environmental conditions in polar, geostationary or gravity neutral orbits. For example, depositing a layer of indium tin oxide (ITO) on a radiator surface dissipates charge buildup, and variable emittance coatings such as VO2 are used to optimize radiator size, allowing the heater power budget to decrease. The properties of these enhanced coatings must be tailored to mission-specific requirements.

The billion-dollar semiconductor industry has adopted Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) for precision self-assembly and atomic-scale placement. ALD is a cost effective nanoadditive-manufacturing technique that allows for the conformal coating of substrates with atomic control in a benign temperature and pressure environment. Through the introduction of paired precursor gases, thin films can be deposited on many substrates ranging from glass, polymers, aerogels, metals, and powders, to high aspect-ratio micro- and nano-structures. With the resulting atomic-level control, the fabrication of metal transparent films, precise nano-laminates, and coatings of nano-channels and pores is achievable.

ALD has emerged as a powerful tool for many industrial and research applications. This technology benefits NASA in providing a novel method to facilitate the production, optimization, and protection of valuable spaceflight hardware. A method has been demonstrated for the ALD of In2O3 and films on a variety of substrates from Si(100) wafers, glass slides, and on Z93P pigments (patent pending). The results indicate excellent growth of 4 to 60 nm thick films demonstrating an order of magnitude decrease in resistivity on the pigments. Further examples in optics applications will be discussed.

About the speaker:

Dr. Vivek H. Dwivedi joined the Thermal Engineering and Analysis Branch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2010 and is currently the Associate Branch Head. His interests include thin films, atomic layer deposition, open source software development, optics, heat and mass transfer involving high aspect ratio structures and new technology innovations. Prior to his current position, he worked as a senior space science visualization analyst at Goddard’s National Space Science Data Center with a specialization in large data set 3D visualizations. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2010 while investigating an atomic layer deposition model in high aspect ratio geometries at University of Maryland, College Park. This work has led to the introduction of ALD at Goddard.​

Machine Learning for Materials Research: Autonomous Phase Mapping

Dr. Gilad Kusne, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


The last few decades have seen significant advancements in materials research tools, allowing researchers to rapidly synthesis and characterize large numbers of samples - a major step toward high-throughput materials discovery. Machine learning has been tasked to aid in converting the collected materials property data into actionable knowledge, and more recently it has been used to assist in experiment design. In this talk we present the next step in machine learning for materials research - autonomous materials research systems. We first demonstrate autonomous measurement systems for phase mapping, followed by a discussion of ongoing work in building fully autonomous systems. For the autonomous measurement systems, machine learning controls X-ray diffraction measurement equipment both in the lab and at the beamline to identify phase maps from composition spreads with a minimum number of measurements. The algorithm also capitalizes on prior knowledge in the form of physics theory and external databases, both theory-based and experiment-based, to more rapidly hone in on the optimal results. Materials of interest include Fe-Ga-Pd, TiO2-SnO2-ZnO, and Mn-Ni-Ge.

About the speaker:

Dr. Gilad Kusne is a Staff Scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He integrates machine learning with physics theory, simulation, experiment, and databases to develop autonomous experiments for materials discovery and to provide live data analysis tools for experimentalists. His research also includes leading the development of optimization algorithms for genetics-based cellular sensors and exploring methods for optimizing smart city design. Dr. Kusne received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, and is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Maryland.

Modeling Advances for Certification of Next Generation Materials

Dr. Ellen Cerreta, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Many DOE and DOD weapons program applications are demanding higher precision for certification and must meet multiple safety standards. For many years, large scale testing allowed for empirical understanding of stockpile relevant materials. Today, a physics-based understanding is required to certify use of new materials in weapons applications. For these reasons, significant investment has been made in enabling process-aware performance models for new stockpile materials. This is of particular interest for additive and other next-generation materials. In these models, the linkages between processing, microstructure, and material failure are examined to enable prediction of catastrophic failure during dynamic loading. These multi-length scale studies have identified a number of deterministic relationships between damage nucleation, damage growth, and microstructural features such as: inclusion/metal interface characteristics, bi-metal interfaces, grain boundary types, grain boundary orientation, and grain orientation. The tools utilized to advance predictive models for damage and failure in extreme environments as well as the work to design next generation materials for enhanced properties, particularly damage tolerance, will be discussed.

About the speaker:

Dr. Ellen Cerreta is the Deputy Division Leader for the Explosive Science and Shock Physics Division, at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since coming to Los Alamos, she has examined the correlation of microstructure to mechanical response of metals and alloys, with the support of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Weapons Program, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funding. Her research has had a focus on material behavior in dynamic loading environments. Ellen is an adjunct faculty member in the Institute of Shock Physics at Washington State University and she serves on the TMS Board of Directors as well as the ASM Board of Trustees. In 2016, she was awarded ASM Fellow.

MaterialsDC Student Night

Join Material Advantage students from across the U.S. for networking and stargazing after Congressional Visit Days

Wednesday, April 18, 2017

Material Advantage, the student program for materials science and engineering, is sponsoring Congressional Visit Days to bring students from across the country to Washington DC to raise visibility and support for science, engineering and technology.

The Washington DC Chapter of ASM has invited the students to share their experiences on Capitol Hill and to network with each other and our local members. We have reserved a private room for dinner and networking at Tortilla Coast.

Even better, we have also arranged tickets for a lecture and stargazing at the National Air and Space Museum. Both students and our local members are welcome to attend one or all three events!

Tour - Local Motors at National Harbor

Local Motors is an American vehicle manufacturing company focused on low volume manufacturing of open-source vehicle designs using multiple microfactories.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

We'll have an incredible chance to walk the factory floor of Local Motors to see:

  • Rally, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's first co-created production car

  • Olli, launched in 2016 and the first self driving vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive capabilities of IBM's Watson.

  • Strati, the world's first 3-D printed car and the large scale printers co-developed with Oak Ridge National Labs

  • Educational space, designs and a radical open source co created design process to speed development of new products

After a guided tour ofLocal Motors at National Harbor, we'll adjourn for a group dinner (to discuss what we've seen) at nearbyThai Pavilion.

Practically Brand New at 50!
Electron-excited Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDS) for Accurate, Precise and Sensitive Elemental Microanalysis, and So Can You! (EDS Replaces WDS!)

Dr. Dale E. Newbury, NIST Fellow


Join us for a look back as well as forward at a core technology for materials science!

2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of semiconductor-based energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) on an electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA) (Fitzgerald, Keil, and Heinrich, Science, v159 (1968) 528). EDS was quickly combined with the scanning electron microscope (SEM) to make X-ray microanalysis a widely available elemental characterization method with applications in the physical and biological sciences, technology, failure analysis, and forensic science.

Within its first decade, SEM/EDS demonstrated the capability of rigorous quantitative microanalysis matching EPMA/WDS in the absence of peak interference. The emergence of the silicon drift detector (SDD) implementation of EDS (Struder et al., Mikrochim. Acta, v15 (1998) 11) has provided much higher throughput (by a factor of 50 or more at the same resolution) combined with extraordinary peak stability in both shape and calibration, which is ideal for accurate peak fitting. This SDD-EDS performance enables collection of high count spectra (10 million counts or more within 100 s) that provide the basis for accurate, precise and sensitive quantitative analysis, despite severe peak interference and large differences in concentration. Even with severe interference from a major constituent (C > 0.1 mass fraction), trace constituents can be measured to C = 0.0005 (500 ppm) or less. Iterative qualitative analysis (i.e., peak identification) and standards-based quantitative analysis with careful inspection of the peak-fitting residual spectrum after each stage can reveal unexpected constituents hidden under high concentrations of interfering elements.

Trace analysis, low atomic number elements, low beam energy microanalysis, SEM/ EDS can do it all, effectively replacing EPMA/WDS for elemental microanalysis down to 500 ppm, and at much lower electron dose.

About the Speaker

Dr. Dale Newbury is in the Materials Measurement Science Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He began his career at NIST in 1972 and led the Microanalysis Research Group in the Surface and Microanalysis Science Division before becoming a NIST fellow in 1994. Dale holds a PhD in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Oxford University and a B.S. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Lehigh. He has received many notable awards, including the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Duncumb Award for Excellence in Microscopy from the Microbeam Analysis Society. Dale is also a fellow of the Microscopy Society of America, has one patent, more than 390 publications to date, and is co-author of six books including Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis.

MaterialsDC Student Night

Join Materials Advantage students from across the U.S. for Nats baseball and networking after Congressional Visit Days

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Material Advantage, the student program for materials science and engineering, is sponsoring Congressional Visit Days to bring students from across the country to Washington DC to raise visibility and support for science, engineering and technology.

The Washington DC Chapter of ASM has invited the students to share their experiences on Capitol Hill and to network with each other and our local members. We have a reserved block of tickets to see the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins face off at Nationals Park.

Even better - each ticket (we're in Section 237) will be loaded with a $15 value that you can use at any concession in the park -- just scan the barcode!

Holiday Social and "Speed Networking"

Joint meeting with MANMA, the Mid-Atlantic Micro/Nano Alliance

Join us for a holiday social event with a twist!

December 2016

Our holiday happy hour menu will feature the ultimate cheese assortment with fancy breads and crackers, delicious fresh cut fruit, shrimp cocktail, hot appetizers, and special holiday cupcakes and cookies. A selection of beer and wine will also be on offer.

We'll be trying out "round robin" speed networking for part of the meeting. Participants will be assigned seating, in pairs. At the beginning of the session, you'll have a few minutes to introduce yourselves and take turns to give a brief summary of your history and goals. At the end of the session, one of each pair will move on to the next space, and we'll start again.

Our partners on this endeavor are the

Mid-Atlantc Micro/Nano Alliance (MAMNA). MANMA is a non-profit alliance of companies, universities, and government laboratories in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, with a goal to bring the research community together.

Congratulations to our Morgan L. Williams Scholarship winner!

Ms. Valencia Danner, a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the ASM DC Chapter’s Morgan L. Williams Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Students.

July 2016

Please pass along your ideas for tours, meetings, and social events next year!Thanks to everyone who joined us over the past year for some great events. In addition to some insightful technical talks, our Chapter hosted students from around the country for a DC Material Advantage students' night that was very well attended and facilitated many interesting conversations. We also held our first materials trivia challenge, an opportunity for everyone to show off their materials knowledge and learn a few things, too.

We are looking forward to the fall 2016 and spring 2017 programming, and are looking for your help. Please send any ideas for technical talks, policy overviews, materials-related social events, tours, or anything else you would like us to work on next year to by July 3.

We are also working with the Baltimore-Washington section of NACE to schedule industry tours and would like your input on when and where would be most convenient for you. Please take 2 minutes and fill out our Tour Interest Survey so we can make these opportunities available.

And if you are interested in organizing any of these events, we further invite you to join the Executive Committee for the Chapter. We will hold a planning meeting later this summer to decide on next year's program and welcome your attendance and contributions.


Ms. Valencia Danner, a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the ASM DC Chapter’s Morgan L. Williams Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Students. Ms. Danner is an active member of the UMD Materials Engineering Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Society of Women Engineers, and Engineers Without Boarders. She has worked with UMD faculty on research projects to fabricate graphene films for lithium-ion anodes, and intends to continue onto graduate to pursue her PhD. Congratulations to Ms. Danner and we look forward to seeing her at an upcoming meeting!

Materials Science vs. the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

Stephen Christoffersen, AECOM International

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake severely damaged the East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The Bridge serves as vital link in the Bay Area not only for commuters and movement of goods, but also as an emergency lifeline route. Replacing the East Span is the largest public works project in California history, valued at $6.5 billion.

The Bay Bridge sits over very poor soils and lies in a high seismic zone and is within miles of two major earthquake fault lines (San Andreas and Hayward). In order to satisfy the 150-year design life, high strength concrete, high strength cable wires, high strength structural steel, and high strength structural bolts and rods were required. During the first two weeks of March 2013, 32 of the 96, 3”-diameter, 20-foot A354 high strength rods, which tie-down the self-anchored suspension bridge superstructure, failed a few months from the scheduled opening of the East Span of the Bay Bridge. Please join Stephen Christoffersen to learn about the history, investigation, and resolution of this high-profile materials failure.

About the speaker:

Stephen Christoffersen PE, is a Senior Project Engineering Manager at AECOM located in Germantown, Maryland. He obtained his BE and MS in Materials Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Stephen is a lifelong NACE member and spent 35 years in the electric power industry, prior to joining AECOM. He held a number of positions in the utility sector starting his career as a materials engineer involved with welding, corrosion, material selection and failure analysis of major power plant equipment. His involvement also included participating in organizations such as the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM), Steel Structures Painting Council (SSPC), Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Stephen now applies his expertise in materials science and power systems to lead investigations and projects in various industry sectors including transportation.

MaterialsDC Student Night

Join Materials Advantage students from across the U.S. for a casual dinner and networking after Congressional Visit Days

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Materials Advantage, the student program for materials science and engineering, is sponsoring Congressional Visit Days to bring students from across the country to Washington DC to raise visibility and support for science, engineering and technology.

The Washington DC Chapter of ASM has invited the students to share their experiences on Capitol Hill and to network with the local members. A Thai Asian buffet dinner will be served from the nearby

Banana Leaves menu.

Art Heuer

Interstitial Hardening Taken to a New Level: Paraequilibrium Carburization of Austenitic Stainless Steels

Art Heuer, Case Western Reserve University

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Interstitial hardening of austenitic stainless steels at low temperatures, i.e. under paraequilibrium conditions, leads to massive increase in surface hardness (Rockwell C values of 70.5 or higher) without carbide or nitride formation. This “superhardness” is due to a “colossal” supersaturation of carbon/nitrogen interstitials (10-25 at %) and results in ~100x improvement in wear resistance, with essentially no loss in ductility of treated components. Furthermore, the interstitial concentration profiles resulting from the 1 atm. gas phase interstitial hardening leads to residual surface compressive stresses ≥ 3 GPa, which arise because the untreated core constrains the significant lattice expansion that would otherwise arise from the massive concentration of these interstitials. These residual compressive stresses dramatically improve the fatigue resistance. In particular, fatigue lifetimes are increased by up to ~100x, and the endurance limit is nearly doubled. Finally, and most surprisingly, the corrosion resistance of 316L stainless steel in seawater is significantly enhanced—in crevice corrosion tests, for example, it outperforms Ni-base alloys such as IN625.

About the speaker:

With more than 550 publications to his credit, Arthur H. Heuer, Kyocera Professor of Materials, is a world-renowned leader in his field. He has pioneered numerous studies in materials science, ranging from electron microscopy of moon rocks to toughened engineering ceramics. He invariably involves graduate students in his research, having supervised more than 100 masters' and theses students and more than 60 postdoctoral fellows in materials science. Heuer's research achievements are matched by his contributions to the university as a whole.

Art is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was named CWRU University Professor in in honor of his accomplishments in the lab, classroom and university community, He chaired the committee that was tasked with revitalizing the role and developing the honor of Distinguished University Professor. Additional awards include Case Western Reserve's Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize, the W. David Kingery Award from the American Ceramics Society (ACerS) and the ASM Gold Medal. He is an external member of the Max Planck Society for Materials Science in Stuttgart, Germany, and is a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS).

Advancing Materials S&T via Distributed Collaborations

Jon Tirpak, SCRA, 2015-2016 President of ASM International

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Fostering collaboration is the missing link in many public and private endeavors. Collaboration is absolutely necessary for transitioning technologies and applied research. A few federal programs tackle this goal, but the bulk of the effort has been in state funded organizations that focus on public-private partnerships. For over 30 years, SCRA has worked to meet the needs of national government agencies while also growing of the knowledge economy in the state of South Carolina. Central to all of SCRA’s programs are tailored collaborations that have included virtual collaboration spaces. Specific examples (and successes and "forced turnarounds") will be discussed in the areas of composites, forgings, metalcasting product data, and shipbuilding. .

About the speaker:

Jon is currently Senior Program Manager for SCRA. He is responsible for investigating, developing, and implementing processes and technologies within the nation’s foundry and forging industries, to reduce lead times and costs and to improve quality of complex metal shapes. Mr. Tirpak earned his BS in Metallurgical Engineering at Lafayette College in Easton, PA and his MS in Materials Engineering at the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH. He was commissioned by the US Air Force in 1982 and worked on a number of materials challenges, including for nuclear testing requirements tested underground at the Nevada Test Site. In 1988, he traded his blue uniform for green hiking togs to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. His next stop was as a materials engineer at Universal Technology Corporation in Dayton, OH and then to Aeroquip Corporation in Ann Arbor, MI. Ultimately, he landed in Charleston, SC. He is a licensed metallurgical engineer in South Carolina and Fellow and past trustee of ASM International. Mr. Tirpak has chaired the ASM New Products and Services Committee and the Federal Affairs Committee in addition to being a member of many other committees throughout the Society culminating in his selection as President in 2015.

"I Will" be a Materials Engineer at Under Armour

Matt Trexler, Under Armour

Thursday, May 14, 2015


The background and training of materials engineers presents a wide array of opportunities in the industrial sector. For instance, what company makes a product that doesn't require materials? My background led me to a job in Under Armour - a large corporation that most people know of, but may not have thought of in terms of the materials issues that it faces. In this presentation, "I Will" share my personal experiences with working as a materials engineer in a collaborative research environment at Under Armour.

About the speaker:

Matthew leads technical research for the innovation lab at Under Armour and is responsible for evaluating technologies for integration into UA products. Prior to joining Under Armour in February 2013, Trexler was a materials engineer at the US Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen MD as a member of the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate researching novel material processing techniques for all Military Services of the DoD. Trexler holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2007) and a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (2000).

Materials DC

Student Night

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Join Materials Advantage students from across the U.S. for networking and a panel discussion. Materials Advantage, the student program for materials science and engineering, is sponsoring Congressional Visit Days to bring students from across the country to Washington DC to raise visibility and support for science, engineering and technology.

The Washington DC Chapter of ASM has invited the students to share their experiences on Capitol Hill and to network with the local members. A Mediterranean buffet dinner will be served from the eclectic Science Club menu.

Materials Genome® and Materials Design

Dr. Zi-Kui Liu, Pennsylvania State University

Thursday, March 12, 2015


The word genome, when applied in non-biological contexts, connotes a fundamental building block toward a larger purpose. Dr. Liu's presentation will begin with the concept that the fundamental materials genome is encoded in the language of CALPHAD (calculation of phase diagrams) databases. Using CALPHAD, the properties of individual phases are modeled as functions of temperature, composition, and pressure and can be applied to materials processing design. Recent efforts have shown that analysis of stable and metastable microscopic configurations (called microstates) can be used to predict anomalous properties such as negative thermal expansion. The variation of these microstates as they mutate in response to external fields dictates the properties of a macroscopically homogeneous single phase. As a specific example, thermal expansion can be quantitatively shown to be normally positive, colossally positive, zero, negative, or infinitely negative. This capability may provide new routes for design of materials with extraordinary performance.

Materials Genome® is a registered trademark of MaterialsGenome, Inc.

About the speaker:

Dr. Zi-Kui Liu is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He obtained his BS from Central South University (China), MS from University of Science and Technology Beijing (China), and PhD degree from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweden). He was a research associate at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a senior research scientist at Questek Innovation, LLC. He has been at the Pennsylvania State University since 1999, the Editor-in-Chief of CALPHAD journal since 2001, and the President of CALPHAD, Inc., since 2013.

Dr. Liu is a Fellow and a member of Board of Trustees of ASM International and was as a member of the TMS Board of Directors. He received the TMS Brimacombe Medalist Award, the ACers Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award, the ASM J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award, and the Wilson Award for Excellence in Research from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Liu’s current research activities are centered on first-principles calculations, modeling of thermodynamic and kinetic properties, and their integration in understanding defects, phase stability, and phase transformations, and designing and tailoring materials processing and properties. He has published over 360 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His group web site is at

Perspectives on Digital Direct Manufacturing

Dr. William Coblenz

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


The evolution of 3D printing and related technologies is having a major impact in the manufacturing sector. The capability to build parts with form, fit, and function using digital technologies has been a focus of DARPA R&D investments in the early 1990s. Today, further advancement of digital direct manufacturing (DDM) will depend on research focused on the following challenges:

Establishing design allowables and qualification of manufactured components

Exploiting the separation of information and material content of components to increase design innovation

Developing machine capabilities for heterogeneous objects which can’t be manufactured by conventional methods

Increasing the ratio of machine productivity to capital cost to capture more of the mass manufacturing market

Much of the investment by the Department of Defense has been driven by the potential to reduce the cost of building low volume systems and and to reduce the time from print-to-part. The ability to field and target new systems and platforms quickly can enable more timely responses to new threats, but methods intended for mass manufacturing make such rapid insertion increasingly unaffordable. The commercial benefits of adoption of 3D printing and related technologies mirror that of defense with potential for both aggregation and disaggregation of value chains. Future success will depend upon combining new business models with the new technology.

About the speaker:

Dr. William Coblenz’s technical interests span the emerging development of new materials and manufacturing processes. His experience managing DARPA programs includes Ceramic Insertion to transition advanced ceramic components into fielded military systems; Ceramic Bearings to develop the technology base for ceramic hybrid bearings used in high performance mechanical systems; Solid Freeform Manufacturing to develop digitally driven tool-less manufacturing of ceramic and metallic components; and several development programs for novel processing of ceramic and metal matrix composites. The DARPA Disruptive Manufacturing Program focused on affordable and rapid low volume production processes and the Nano Composite Optical Ceramic Program developed new erosion resistant transparencies for the mid and far-IR windows.

Dr. Coblenz holds BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and, MS and PhD degrees in Ceramic Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He came to DARPA in 1990 from The Norton Company where he served as the key technologist for advanced ceramics. Previous R&D experience includes positions at the US National Bureau of Standards (now NIST), the US Naval Research Laboratory, and corporate R&D at the General Electric Company. Dr. Coblenz has authored or co-authored more than 20 technical papers and is listed as an inventor on eight patents.

Light Metals Revolutionizing the Auto Sector

Dr. Ravi Ravindran

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


The relationship between vehicle weight and fuel consumption is well-established. It is estimated that a 10% decrease in vehicle weight leads to a 5-7% decrease in fuel consumption. This also means that for every kilogram of weight reduced in a vehicle, there is about 20 kg of carbon dioxide reduction during the operating life of the vehicle.

This presentation describes some of the challenges impeding increased use of Aluminum and Magnesium alloys in the automotive industry. More specifically, challenges related to high integrity castings such as melt cleanliness, grain refinement, hot tearing, manufacturing of engine blocks, and welding of aluminum and magnesium alloys will be discussed.

About the speaker:

Dr. Ravi Ravindran is the 2013-2014 President of ASM International, and Professor of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes at Ryerson University and Director of the Centre for Near-net-shape Processing of Materials. He has been involved with metal casting for more than 40 years, a unique combination of industrial and academic experience (20+ years). Prior to his academic career, he was the Group Vice President of a multinational corporation manufacturing automotive castings and stampings with direct responsibility for Research and Development, Quality and Engineering at three major companies in USA and Canada. This was preceded by senior administrative management position in steelmaking, continuous casting and rolling.

Montgomery College Montgomery County, MD
July 14-18, 2014

Calling ASM Chapter members!

We are looking for a a few volunteers to be at the camp, lend their technical expertise in a very informal way, "Schmoozing" with some of the teachers who will be in attendance, discussing the experiments as they are carried out in small groups, and even in a few selected instances giving a brief talk at lunch about the topics of their life work.

Calling All Teachers! Attend a one-week professional development workshop this summer at no cost to you!

Questions? For additional information for teachers, contact Jeane Deatherage, Administrator of Foundation Programs at; 1-800-336-5152, X5533.

Cars, Metals, and the Materials Genome Initiative

Mr. William Joost, Department of Energy (DoE)

Feb. 11, 2014


Improved performance and manufacturability of lightweight structural materials is critical for many industries. In the automotive sector, reducing the weight of a vehicle, or “lightweighting”, is frequently cited as an approach that can support automakers in achieving improved fuel economy. However, many barriers exist to the implementation of lightweight structural materials such as aluminum alloys, magnesium alloys, advanced steels, and carbon fiber composites - improvements in material performance, manufacturability, and cost are all necessary for wider adoption. In 2011 the President announced the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) which seeks to discover, develop, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost through a combination of experimental tools, computational tools, and digital data. The methods, infrastructure, and philosophy supported by MGI provide unique opportunities for efficiently and rapidly addressing technical challenges in lightweight materials. A brief analysis of lightweighting energy impacts will be combined with a discussion of the technical challenges in several material systems. The growing field of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) will be introduced, and opportunities for applying ICME will be discussed using automotive material examples. ICME will be contrasted against other applications of modeling and simulation with a focus on identifying the elements of an ICME approach, which are most beneficial to accelerated materials development. Examples of ongoing work in this area will be provided along with a discussion on future opportunities and pitfalls.

About the speaker

Will Joost joined the Vehicle Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy in January, 2010 as a Materials Engineer and Technology Development Manager for lightweight materials. He is primarily focused on the development of automotive metals and joining technologies, managing research and development projects at the National Labs, with industry, and in academia. Will also participates in several inter-agency groups such as the OSTP Subcommittee for the Materials Genome Initiative and the Technical Advisory Board for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As a researcher, Will explores the use of atomistic computational techniques towards understanding the impact of interstitials and interfaces on deformation in titanium alloys. Prior to starting at the Department of Energy he worked as a Process Engineer at a specialty metals foundry in Arizona where he developed processes for casting and hot rolling precious metal alloys and magnetic materials. Will holds a B.S. in Materials Engineering from RPI, a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Arizona State University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Solving Alloy Design and Processing Challenges: the Ongoing Revolution in Materials Engineering

Gernant E. Maurer PhD, FASM 2012-2013 ASM International President

November 14, 2013


The Material Genome Initiative (MGI) was announced in June 2011 and highlighted the revolution in materials engineering that has been gaining momentum for the last 20 years. The development of computational modeling tools along with ever advancing computational speeds are already having a great impact on alloy design, alloy processing and alloy applications. We are beginning to integrate these tools to rapidly develop engineering materials that will revolutionize the next generation of technology.

Dr. Maurer will give a high level overview of the MGI and its potential and challenges. He will also describe how new computational tools are being used to solve today's materials engineering problems. To make power generation systems more efficient, many are transitioning from stainless steels that operate below 600oC to advanced ultra-super critical steam turbines made with nickel-based alloys that can operate up to 760oC. This transition brings with it major metallurgical and economic challenges related to alloy design, melt processing, and fabrication of large components. New computational modeling tools will play a critical role in engineering solutions for alloy design, solidification, forging, and heat treatment. Because any solution also needs to be economically viable, the effect of processing yields and operational strategies on cost are considered. The use of powder metallurgy may also be a a cost-effective alternative to alloys that have traditionally been cast-wrought processed.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Gernant E. Maurer has held positions ranging from a research and development engineer to corporate technology officer at a billion dollar corporation. Gern’s technical expertise has been gained in new product development for applications in aerospace, energy, industrial, consumer, and medical markets. He has led research efforts that took full advantage of computational modeling to streamline alloy development and improve processes. All of these activities required full utilization of online data resources and technical information.

His professional activities include active leadership roles in international symposium committees and industrial task forces to solve industry wide problems. Many material engineers that he has hired and has worked with have risen to prominent technical positions in many companies.

Dr. Maurer received his B.E.S. from The Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. An active member of ASM, Dr. Maurer has served and led numerous committees, councils and chapters including service on the Awards Policy Committee, Technical Programming Board, the Mohawk Valley Chapter as an Executive Committee member, vice chair and chair and is currently a senior advisor to the Lehigh Valley Chapter. Dr. Maurer became a Fellow of ASM in 1988 and received the William Hunt Eisenman Award in 2008. He served as President of ASM International during its 100th Anniversary year.

Accio Energy: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Driven Innovation in Wind Energy

Dr. Dawn R. White

Tues. October 15, 2013


Wind energy has been a huge success in the clean and renewable energy sector; the growth in installed capacity and the reduction of the cost of generation over the past decade or so have exceeded most expectations. Today’s large utility scale turbines trace their heritage largely to work done in Denmark in the 1970’s, and a light weight, three blade upwind turbine of 2MW design and built by the faculty and students of Tvind Denmark, commissioned in 1978. Extensive incremental improvements to this basic design have resulted in dramatically increased efficiency, lower cost, and size increases resulting in high per unit output. However, little fundamental innovation has occurred, and modern turbines, with 6MW turbines being tested, and 10MW units being proposed, are pushing the boundaries, in design, materials and manufacturability.

Accio Energy was founded to disrupt this industry by combining a new physical principal for wind generation (electrohydrodynamic wind energy) with a much lower cost, modular design. This modularity, enables the application of automotive rather than aircraft heritage manufacturing technology and economies of scale to its production with major cost impacts through the value chain. This presentation provides an overview of the EHD wind energy technology, the manufacturing driven business model behind it, and some thoughts about the role of entrepreneurship, manufacturing and technology disruption in large, traditional industries.

About the Speaker

Dr. Dawn White is creative engineering executive with extensive experience in technology start-up company formation and financing, advanced manufacturing, automotive, and contract R&D. She has a continuous record of commercial innovation in a range of materials processing fields, including welding and joining science, metal spray forming, intelligent processing of materials and rapid prototyping and tooling. Dawn is currently founder and President/CTO of Accio Energy, a wind energy start-up developing non-turbine based, no moving parts wind energy technology. Previously she founded the VC-backed, Ann Arbor-based Solidica, Inc. in January 2000 based on the Ultrasonic Consolidation rapid prototyping process, which Dr. White invented and commercialized as the Form-ation™ rapid prototyping machine.

Congratulations to our Morgan L. Williams Scholarship winners!

2013 Nicholas Jarboe

Nicholas Jarboe is a sophomore at The Catholic University of America pursuing a major in Biomedical Engineering. Nick is most interested in tissue engineering and medical device development using novel biomedical materials. Nick is actively engaged in community humanitarian efforts, which most recently included a trip to Guatemala to assist in providing much needed basic medical services by translating between medical mission doctors and patients. Nick is a member of The Society of Biomedical Engineers, Alpha Delta Gamma, and the Phi Beta Sigma Honor Society. Nick's future plans include pursuing a graduate degree in the medical device development field.

Congratulations to our Morgan L. Williams Scholarship winners!

2013 Nizar Zahed

Nizar Zahed is a sophomore at Virginia Tech pursuing a double major in Materials Science and Engineering and Mathematics. Nizar is most interested in metallurgy and studying the fundamental properties of materials. Nizar has an interest in forensic science and likes to study the role that materials can play in this field. Nizar has interned with Lockheed Martin where he developed a smartphone app and accompanying business development proposal. In addition to double-majoring, Nizar also enjoys studying classical literature, philosophy, and mythology. Nizar's future plans include using his Materials Science degree to work in the field of materials engineering and one day pursue a graduate degree in forensics.tant news.

Congressional Visit Days Student Night Event

Join Materials DC and Materials Advantage students from across the country for networking and a panel discussion

Wednesday, April 11, 2013

Materials Advantage, the student program for materials science and engineering, is sponsoring Congressional Visit Days to bring students from across the country to Washington DC to raise visibility and support for science, engineering and technology.

The Washington DC Chapter of ASM (also known as Materials DC) has invited the students to share their experiences on the Hill, and to network with the locals. A three course dinner will be served from a limited Bistro Bistro menu (the vegetarian and fish options look delicious!)

Design and Manufacturing Trends in Modern Aircraft

Dr. David Furrer, Pratt and Whitney Aircraft

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


The unprecedented requirements in fuel efficiency, performance, and overall cost have introduced many challenges and opportunities in the development and deployment of materials for aircraft propulsion systems. Materials advances are being realized in the areas of increased material temperature, advanced coatings, as well as in high pressure and high temperature sealing, and overall component and system weight reduction. In additional to increased materials capabilities, reduction in component costs and time to delivery are driving many unique and advanced materials and process solutions. Computer-based modeling and simulation of manufacturing processes has become a near-standard part of current industrial design methods. Forged and cast components are being designed for end system application and for manufacturability through the use of simulation tools. Process models also provide critical information about the thermomechanical history of the materials being processed, such as temperature, time, strain, and strain-rate. The thermomechanical process models are being linked to microstructure evolution models and mechanical property models to provide needed location-specific predictions throughout the cross-section of components.

About the Speaker:

Dr. David Furrer is the Senior Fellow Discipline Lead for the Materials and Processes Engineering organization at Pratt & Whitney. He is responsible for leading the Pratt & Whitney Materials Discipline Chiefs and Materials Fellows in the development of technical strategy and the development/improvement of engineering standard work. He also supports the ongoing development, design, manufacturing, and aftermarket and service investigation projects. Additionally, Dr. Furrer oversees the overall discipline health and technical leadership and identifies critical skills. Previously, he was Chief of Strategic Materials and Process Technology at Rolls-Royce. Dr. Furrer also worked at Ladish Company where he developed and delivered unique thermomechanical processing technology for the aerospace and general industrial industries. He is a specialist in computational modeling and simulation of engineering materials and manufacturing processes, and has also been an adjunct assistant professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is member of the ASM-international Board of Trustees, and has BS and MS degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD from Universität Ulm, Germany.

Materials Research for a Secure Energy Future

John S. Vetrano, Program Manager, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division, DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Dr. Vetrano's presentation will illustrate the driving forces for fundamental energy research in materials science, chemistry, geosciences and biosciences with the goal to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels. He will provide some exciting highlights of recent research programs as well as discussing long-term plans at the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) at the Department of Energy. BES strives to provide the foundations for new energy technologies to support DOE’s missions in energy, environment, and national security through both basic research and the operation of major scientific user facilities. Knowledge gained in the program is aimed at providing the scientific basis for a clean, sustainable, and secure energy future through research and innovation.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Vetrano joined the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) in 2006 after spending 15 years at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA. Prior to that, Dr. Vetrano spent 15 months as a post-doctoral research scientist at the Max Planck Institut for Metallforschung in Stuttgart, Germany.

In his current role at BES, Dr. Vetrano is the Program Manager for the Mechanical Behavior and Radiation Effects Program, serves as a liaison between BES and the technology programs at DOE (including Electrical Energy Storage, Hydrogen and Nuclear Energy), and manages 12 of the Energy Frontier Research Centers and is the lead Program Manager for the Batteries and Energy Innovation Hub. As a senior research scientist at PNNL, Dr. Vetrano worked in both fundamental and applied research. His research interests focus on linking microstructure to mechanical or physical behavior, with a concentration on interfacial processes utilizing high-resolution analytical transmission electron microscopy in conjunction with mechanical testing. His work encompassed behaviors such as superplasticity, stress corrosion cracking, recrystallization, solidification, and radiation damage. He has authored or co-authored over 50 publications on these topics.


Ph.D., Metallurgical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1990

B.S., Physical Metallurgy, Washington


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