Faculty Directory

Dr. Mohsen Asle Zaeem, Couch Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interest Areas

Phase field modeling of nano/microstructural evolution, in particular during solidification, recrystallization, phase transformation, and oxidation; multiscale/multiphysics modeling; finite element method; severe plastic deformation.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
132 Straumanis James Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-7184
Fax:(573) 341-6934
zaeem@mst.edu

Dr. Laura Bartlett, Robert V. Wolf Associate Professor in Metallurgical Engineering

Research Interest Areas

The understanding of melt processing and solidification phenomena on structure-property relationships in ferrous and non-ferrous casting alloys, the thermodynamics and kinetics of high temperature reactions in the melt, solid state reactions during heat treatment, and physical and mechanical metallurgy of irons and steels.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
292 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone: (573) 341-4972
Fax:(573) 341-6934
lnmkvf@mst.edu

Dr. Richard K. Brow, Curators' Professor of Ceramic Engineering, Interim Vice Provost and Dean for College of Engineering and Computing

Research Interest Areas

Structure, properties and applications of glass, including sealing glasses, glasses for biomedical applications, glass surfaces and strength, glasses for waste encapsulation, optical glasses, and 3D processing of glass.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
223 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-6812
Fax:(573) 341-6934
brow@mst.edu

Dr. Fatih Dogan, Professor of Ceramic Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Multifunctional Materials and Composites, Nanoscale Science and Engineering of Ceramics, Solidification and Crystal Growth; Energy Materials: High Energy Density Capacitors, Nanostructured Dielectrics, High Temperature Superconductors, Fuel Cells and Biomaterials.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
105 Engineering Research Laboratory Building
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone: (573) 341-7130
Fax:(573) 341-6934
doganf@mst.edu

Dr. William G. Fahrenholtz, Curators' Professor of Ceramic Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Ultra-high temperature ceramics, traditional ceramic processing, solution and colloidal sol-gel processing of bulk and thin-film ceramics, reactive processing, ceramic-metal composites by reactive metal penetration and reactive hot pressing, reactions at ceramic-metal interfaces, wetting of ceramics, low p(oxygen) atmospheres, thermodynamics.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
130 Straumanis-James Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-6343
Fax:(573) 341-6934
billf@mst.edu

Dr. Gregory E. Hilmas, Curators' Professor of Ceramic Engineering & Department Chair

Research Interest Areas
Processing-microstructure-mechanical property relationships in ultra-high temperature ceramics, in particular transition metal carbides, nitrides and diborides, novel processing techniques for the fabrication of fibrous monolithic ceramics, multilayered ceramics, hierarchically structured ceramics, and ceramic composites.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
B47 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-6102
Fax:(573) 341-6934
ghilmas@mst.edu

Dr. Wayne Huebner, Professor of Ceramic Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Preparation, characterization, and theoretical understanding of electronic ceramics, in particular ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, varistors, thermistors, superionic conductors, and solid oxide electrolytes; fuel cells; and oxygen separation membranes.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
107 Staumanis James Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-6129
Fax:(573) 341-6934
huebner@mst.edu

Dr. Aditya Kumar, Assistant Professor of Ceramic Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Composition-structure-property relationships in silicate materials; experimental characterization and numerical simulation of reaction processes (thermodynamics and kinetics) and evolution of microstructure; development of sustainable binders for construction infrastructure; simulation of fluid/ion transport in porous media

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science & Technology
B49 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO  65409
Phone: (573) 341-6994
Fax: (573) 341-6934
kumarad@mst.edu

Dr. David Lipke, Assistant Professor

Research Interest Areas
Materials compatibility in extreme environments (e.g., high temperatures and reactive atmospheres), microstructure development via high temperature gas-solid and liquid-solid interactions, and applications of reaction processing for composite materials synthesis.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science & Technology
278 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO  65409
Phone: (573) 341-6165
Fax: (573) 341-6934
lipked@mst.edu

Dr. F. Scott Miller, Teaching Professor of Metallurgical Engineering & Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs

Research Interest Areas
Materials characterization and electron microscopy.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
278 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-1170
Phone:(573) 341-4727
Fax:(573) 341-2071
smiller@mst.edu

Dr. Michael Moats, Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering & Associate Chair for Graduate Programs

Research Interest Areas

Aqueous process and electrochemistry of metals especially hydro- and electrometallurgy for the primary production of non-ferrous metals.  Specific areas include crushed ore agglomeration for heap leaching, non-cyanide leaching of gold, solvent extraction, electrowinning and/or refining of base and precious metals and coated titanium anodes.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
B39 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-6974
Fax:(573) 341-6934
moatsm@mst.edu

Dr. Joseph W. Newkirk, Professor of Metallurgical Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Additive Manufacturing; aerospace materials, powder metallurgy, heat treating, chemical corrosion, wear resistance, friction stir processing, nuclear materials and applications of intermetallic alloys.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
282 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-4725
Fax:(573) 341-6934
jnewkirk@mst.edu

 

Dr. Ronald J. O'Malley, F. Kenneth Iverson Chair Professor in Steelmaking Technologies and Director of the Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center

Research Interest Areas
Steelmaking, continuous casting, solidification & heat transfer. High temperature physical chemistry, thermodynamics & kinetics. Interfacial phenomena, gas-liquid & gas-solid reactions. Thin slab & strip casting, mold fluxes & slags. Steel manufacture, quality defects & causes

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
284 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-7683
Fax:(573) 341-6934
omalleyr@mst.edu

Dr. Mary R. Reidmeyer, Teaching Professor of Ceramic Engineering/Outreach Coordinator

Research Interest Areas
Processing, product development, refractory materials, glasses, heat and corrosion resistant coatings, deposition methods, high temperature lubricants, and consumables for the metal casting industry. Outreach Program Coordinator responsible for student recruitment, alumni relations and industrial affiliations.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
143 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO65409-0340
Phone: (573) 341-7519
Fax: (573) 341-6934
maryrr@mst.edu

Dr. Mark E. Schlesinger, Professor of Metallurgical Engineering

Research Interest Areas
High temperature thermochemistry, pyrometallurgical and intermetallic systems, glass ceramics, thermal analysis, extractive metallurgy, metals recycling.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
139 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-4791
Fax:(573) 341-6934
mes@mst.edu

Dr. Robert Schwartz, Professor of Ceramic Engineering

Research Interest Areas

Preparation and characterization of dielectric and ferroelectric materials; passive devices; understanding of thermodynamic and kinetic effects in materials processing to control crystal properties and microstructure; curriculum enhancement for graduate workforce readiness; rural entrepreneurship. 

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science & Technology
107 Staumanis-James Hall
Rolla, MO  65409
Phone: (573) 341-6192
Fax: (573) 341-6934
rschwartz@mst.edu

Dr. Jeffrey D. Smith, Professor of Ceramic Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Thermochemistry and high temperature phase equilibria of condensed and non-condensed ceramic systems; chemical, mineralogical and microstructural analysis of refractory materials, in particular magnesia-graphite, alumina-silicon carbide-graphite, cordierite and mullite.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
B53 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-4447
Fax:(573) 341-6934
jsmith@mst.edu

Dr. David C. Van Aken, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor

Research Interest Areas
Physical metallurgy, experimental and theoretical aspects of phase transformations. Expertise in rapid solidification, thermal spray processing, calorimetry and mechanical behavior of materials.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
272 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-4717
Fax:(573) 341-6934
dcva@mst.edu

Dr. Haiming Wen, Assistant Professor

Research Interest Areas
Development and fabrication of advanced materials such as bulk nanostructured alloys, high entropy alloys and bulk metallic glasses; Microstructure characterization of materials using transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography; Mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of materials; Nuclear fuels and structural materials designed for current and next generation nuclear reactors

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
B45 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-6167
Fax:(573) 341-6934
wenha@mst.edu

Dr. Caizhi Zhou
, Couch Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Dislocation dynamics simulations of plasticity; atomistic simulation for nano-materials; finite element modeling of crystal plasticity; friction stir welding for industrial applications. Exploring fundamental material deformation and strengthening mechanisms and improving the understanding of relationship between microstructure and mechanical behaviour.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
B37 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO  65409-0340
Phone: (573) 341-7599
Fax: (573) 341-6934
zhouc@mst.edu


Adjunct/Emeriti/Research Faculty

Dr. Lianyi Chen, Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Research Interest Areas

Additive manufacturing, nanomanufacturing, smart manufacturing, solidification processing, laser materials processing, metal matrix nanocomposites, metallic glasses, materials for energy efficiency, materials for additive manufacturing, mechanical behavior of materials, and synchrotron radiation based x-ray scattering/imaging.

Dr. Delbert E. Day, Curators' Professor Emeritus of Ceramic Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Mass transport, structural analysis, property relationships and mechanical and electrical properties of vitreous solids; oxynitride glasses; composites; materials processing in space; gaseous corrosion of refractories, solid waste disposal (glasphalt); and biomaterials.

Dr. Ronald Kohser, Professor Emeritus of Metallurgical Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Material selection, metal deformation, wear.

Dr. Simon N. Lekakh, Research Professor of Metallurgical Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Computational and experimental physical metallurgy (thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer), solidification of metallic alloys (thermal analysis, cast structure modification and defects formation), melting processes (energy and materials efficiency), industrial metal casting technologies and wastes recycling.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
244L McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-6469
Fax:(573) 341-6934
lekakhs@mst.edu

Dr. Matthew J. O'Keefe, Professor of Metallurgical Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Thin film deposition and characterization.

Dr. P. Darrell Ownby, Professor Emeritus of Ceramic Engineering

Research Interest Areas
High density polycrystalline and amorphous solids, gaseous atmosphere control at high temperatures, boron and boron compounds, high purity non-clay slip casting, sessile drop interface studies, diamond structure elements, diamond, silicon and germanium, and their physical and transmission properties, diamond polytypes, non-conventional fabrication techniques, quantitative phase analysis.

Dr. Mohamed (Len) N. Rahaman, Emeritus Professor of Ceramic Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Processing, sintering, and microstructure control of ceramics; thermal barrier coatings: sintering and phase transformation; powder metallurgy processing of titanium aluminides; biomaterials and orthopedic tissue engineering.

Dr. Von L. Richards, Chancellor's Professor of Metallurgical Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Metals casting, age strengthening of cast irons, metallic recovery from ferrous scrap.

Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
225 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0340
Phone:(573) 341-4730
Fax:(573) 341-6934
vonlr@mst.edu

Dr. David G. Robertson, Professor Emeritus of Metallurgical Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Process engineering of pyrometallurgy.

Dr. Jeremy Watts, Post Doctoral Fellow of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Ultra-high temperature ceramics, microstructure-property relationships in ultra-high temperature and structural ceramics, manipulation of microstructures and properties through novel processing techniques, ceramic matrix composites, reactive processing.

Dr. Charles Wojnar, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Research Interest Areas
Aerospace structures, active materials, mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics, micromechanics, manufacturing, experimental and computational solid mechanics.