Each of the course instructors will share their expertise in this small group setting to allow for a more customized learning experience. Meet the seasoned engineering professionals who will teach this course:
Charles V. White is a professor emeritus of manufacturing engineering at Kettering University and visiting professor at Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (University of Technology and Economics) in the School of Engineering and Applied Science in Germany. White earned his B.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana, his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1967, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1982, all in metallurgical engineering. His current principle research interests are in metal casting, process development, and failure analysis. He was a member of the former TMS Educational and Professional Affairs Committee, chair of the Professional Registration Committee from 1996 to 1998, and a visitor for metallurgical programs for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) from 1992 to 2009. In addition to organizing and teaching at the TMS PE Licensing Review Course, White has taught a variety of short courses for engineers and non-engineers. White also holds his PE license in Ohio and Michigan.
Indrajit Charit is an associate professor at the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering of the University of Idaho. He earned his Ph.D. from Missouri University of Science & Technology in metallurgical engineering in 2004. His current research interests span across various facets of innovative processing, microstructure, and mechanical characterization of high-temperature energy materials with a specific focus on nuclear materials. He has considerable research experience in high-temperature creep, superplasticity, friction stir welding/processing, and spark plasma sintering. Charit is the author or co-author of about 80 publications in various journals and conference proceedings along with a textbook on nuclear materials. He is professional engineer (PE) licensed in Idaho.
is a materials research engineer at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, D.C. He has worked on failures in various transportation modes including the GEnx engine and lithium ion battery failures for the Boeing 787, as well as the replica Wright Flyer B accident, the Casselton train derailment, and a Bell helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Prior to joining the NTSB, Mueller worked as a materials engineer with NAVAIR, a subsection of the U.S. Navy, at NAS Jacksonville, FL for five years. He has performed over 200 failure investigations on aircraft, rail, marine, and highway accidents. Mueller graduated from the University of Florida in 2007, researching characterization and modeling of high temperature alloy corrosion in turbine engines. Mueller has been involved with his professional societies, serving on the Emerging Professionals, Nominating, Failure Analysis, and Handbook committees for ASM, and teaching the Met-Mat PE Exam Review Course for TMS. He is a licensed professional engineer in Florida, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Steven R. Sopher, is currently the technical director at JSP (owned by Mitsubishi Gas Chemical), where he focuses on material development, processing, testing, and qualification. He has over 25 years of experience in the plastics field. He earned his B.S. in 1986 in mechanical engineering and his M.S. in 1989 in engineering management, both from Northeastern University. Sopher also studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1988 to1989. He is the author of more than 30 papers on Polyolefin Foamed Plastics and holds three patents. Sopher is a licensed stationary engineer and an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE).
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