David Bahr
Head and Professor, Materials Engineering, Purdue University

Pipeline II Panelist
David Bahr received his B.S. and M.S. in materials science and engineering from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in materials Science from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Purdue in August 2012 as head of the School of Materials Engineering, Bahr was director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University (WSU), and before that served as WSU’s campus-wide Director of Undergraduate Research; he began his faculty career at WSU in 1997. He has supervised two postdocs, 21 Ph.D. students, 29 M.S. students, and over 50 undergraduate researchers in the area of small scale mechanical behavior. His research spans a range of materials reliability issues, from hydrogen embrittlement to high strain MEMS to dislocation nucleation in metals. He ran a research experience for undergraduate program at WSU for 12 years, achieving greater than 50% representation from women and underrepresented minorities over the program’s life. Throughout his career, Bahr has received several awards, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2000; the 2003 Bradley Stoughton Award from ASM International; the 2007 Robert Lansing Hardy award from TMS; and the TMS Brimacombe Medal in 2016. In 2012 he was named a Fellow of ASM International, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2016. At TMS, Bahr served as a member of the board of directors for Member & Student Development from 2012–2015.