Professor and Presidential Impact Fellow, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
Arróyave is a founding faculty member of the Texas A&M Department of Materials Science and Engineering, after having joined the university’s Mechanical Engineering Department in 2006. His main areas of interest include: 1) computational thermodynamics and phase stability in structural and functional materials; 2) kinetic processes and microstructure evolution simulation; 3) multi-scale computational materials science; 4) simulation-assisted materials design; 5) machine learning and artificial intelligence-enabled materials discovery; and 6) integrated computational materials engineering in additive manufacturing. He has worked on a number of materials classes including structural and functional alloys, thin films, and nanomaterials with applications in energy and transportation. His awards and honors include the NSF CAREER Award and the TMS 2019 Brimacombe Medal, and he has authored or co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings.
Staff Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology
A. Gilad Kusne received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a staff scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland, and an adjunct professor with the University of Maryland. His research is part of the White House’s Materials Genome Initiative at NIST, a project which aims to accelerate the discovery and optimization of advanced materials. He leads the machine learning team of an international, cross-disciplinary effort building autonomous research systems, with the goal of advancing solid state, soft, and biological materials. For these systems, machine learning performs experiment design, execution (in the lab and in silico), and analysis. For his work, he has been awarded the NIST Bronze Award. He is also the lead founder and organizer of the annual Machine Learning for Materials Research Bootcamp and Workshop—educating next generation and mid-career material scientists in machine learning.
Senior R&D Staff Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dongwon Shin’s research expertise is CALPHAD and first-principles calculations and recently became interested in applying modern data analytics and supercomputing to design high-temperature alloys. His team has recently developed an open-source frontend, ASCENDS (Advanced data SCiEnce toolkit for Non-Data Scientists), which significantly lowers the barrier of applying emerging data analytics in scientific research, particularly for the scientists and engineers who do not have a strong background in computer/data science. His recent publications are focused on coupling physics to predict the properties of high-temperature alloys within the context of machine learning. Shin received his Ph.D. degree from Penn State University in 2007 and spent two years at Northwestern University as a post-doctoral research fellow before joining ORNL as an Alvin M. Weinberg fellow in 2010.
Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Utah
Taylor Sparks is currently the Director of the Materials Characterization Lab at the University of Utah and teaches classes on ceramics, materials science, characterization, and technology commercialization. His current research centers on the discovery, synthesis, characterization, and properties of new materials for energy applications. He is a pioneer in the emerging field of materials informatics whereby big data, data mining, and machine learning are leveraged to solve challenges in materials science. Before graduate school he worked at Ceramatec Inc. He did his master’s degree in materials at UCSB and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Harvard University in David Clarke’s laboratory and then did a postdoc with Ram Seshadri in the Materials Research Laboratory at UCSB. He joined the University of Utah faculty in 2013. He is originally from Utah and an alumnus of the department he now teaches in.
Director of the Physical Metallurgy and Materials Design Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh
Xiong applies CALPHAD-based methods in integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) to conduct work in materials design and process optimization, which covers a broad range of inorganic materials and focuses on phase equilibria and phase transformations. Xiong joined the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant professor in 2016 and now directs the university's Physical Metallurgy and Materials Design Laboratory. He was previously a research associate at Northwestern University studying alloy design and spent one year at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has authored more than 60 publications related to physical metallurgy, including seven invited book chapters.
Industry Manager: Aerospace & Medical, Trumpf USA
Educated at Imperial College, University of London with a master’s and Ph.D. degrees in materials science, Fu performed post-doctoral research at Loughborough University, UK, and Clemson University, USA. After working extensively in the traditional manufacturing world, with TIMET and SpaceX, she turned her attention to the very exciting world of additive manufacturing with Relativity Space who are trying to be the first company to fully 3D print an entire rocket. Fu serves as a Women in 3D Printing Ambassador for Los Angeles.
Faculty Director, Artificially Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (AIMS) Lab; and Associate Professor, Integrated Systems Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University
Michael Groeber’s research projects focus on the quantification/representation of microstructure for improving process and property modeling. His recent work aims to develop understanding of local processing conditions and their effects on material structure in metallic AM. His passion and vision is in the integration of data analytics and optimization with manufacturing processes to advance the U.S. manufacturing community. He is also a principal developer/inventor of SIMPL and DREAM.3D, a unique software library and application package that integrates a flexible, hierarchical data structure with numerous digital microstructure, image processing and data analytics tools to facilitate the advancement of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). Groeber has also developed autonomous, multi-modal data collection systems that integrate real-time analysis into the collection process. Prior to joining OSU, He worked for10 years in the metals processing and characterization, sensing, and analytics research groups within the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics and Materials Science and Engineering; and Director, Center for Innovative Sintered Products (CISP), Pennsylvania State University
Todd Palmer’s research focuses on the laser and electron beam joining and additive manufacturing of metallic materials as well as the characterization and processing of metallic powders. Prior to his work at Penn State, he was a metallurgist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a Senior Scientist at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State. He has nearly 20 years of experience in high energy density joining of metallic systems and is the author of more than 100 articles and reports as well as the chair of the C7 Committee on High Energy Beam Welding and Cutting for the American Welding Society. Palmer has also been elected a fellow of the American Welding Society.
Global Director of Additive Manufacturing Programs, ASTM International
At ASTM International, Mohsen Seifi is responsible for AM center of excellence (CoE) and various AM programs while leading a team of technical experts in the field. In his role, he brings technical leadership to accelerate standardization activities across all ASTM AM related technical committees and building new partnerships/initiatives as well as development of new AM standards related programs within diverse ASTM portfolios. He has 10+ years of managing and prioritizing multiple programs/projects in research/business environments with strong academic/business development background. He has also appointment as an adjunct faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Part of his Ph.D. work focused on rapid qualification methods for metal additive manufacturing processes. He has co-authored 40+ peer reviewed publications that are cited 1700+ times and has presented 60+ invited and keynote lectures at various technical meetings, industries and government agencies while also receiving various technical society honors and awards.
Alan A. Luo
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Integrated Systems Engineering (Manufacturing), The Ohio State University
Luo leads The Ohio State University Lightweight Materials and Manufacturing Research Laboratory (LMMRL). Prior to joining OSU in July 2013, Luo was a GM Technical Fellow at General Motors Global Research and Development Center in Warren, Michigan, USA with 20 years of industrial experience. He is an elected fellow of ASM International and the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, and received the 2013 TMS Brimacombe Medal. He is also a past chair of the TMS Light Metals Division and SAE Materials Engineering Activities. Luo has 20 patents and more than 290 technical publications on advanced materials and manufacturing, specializing in lightweight materials and applications.
Mercury Fellow of Materials Science, Mercury Marine
Kevin Anderson has extensive research and hands-on experience with numerous materials, but most notably aluminum alloys. He holds several U.S. patents in the areas of wrought and cast aluminum alloy development, aluminum temper development for corrosion resistance, and aluminum matrix discontinuously reinforced composites. As part of his doctoral program in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Anderson was a NORCUS fellowship recipient at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Anderson was the leader of aircraft materials, and subsequently section director of metallurgical engineering for Reynolds Aluminum Research Laboratories. Anderson is a member of ASM and TMS. He has taught “Aluminum and Its Alloys” for ASM since 1999.
Emeritus Professor, George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
David K. Matlock, a registered professional engineer, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of multiple societies (TMS, ASM, AWS, AIST, and Alpha Sigma Mu). In 2008 he was named as an honorary member of AIME, and throughout his career at CSM he has received numerous awards for teaching and research. He is one of the co founders of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center, an industry-university cooperative research center established at CSM in 1984, and one of the leading research groups on new steels to enable lightweight vehicle designs.
Senior Research Materials Engineer, Metals Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory
Adam Pilchak performs basic and applied research, both in house and in collaboration with external partners in the aerospace supply chain, in his position at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. He has broad research interests that include quantitative characterization of microstructure and its application to understanding and modeling processing-structure-property relationships in existing and emerging aerospace alloy systems. Pilchak is internationally recognized for his work on the dwell fatigue response of titanium alloys that includes processing, development of destructive and nondestructive characterization methods, failure analysis, microstructure-informed risk analysis, and probabilistic fatigue lifetime prediction. In addition to his research, he also highly values transition of research to industry and serves as technical monitor for Metals Affordability Initative Programs valued at $20M and as Program Manager for the AF “Spin for Life” Program valued at $8M assessing state of the art microstructure-based models for dwell fatigue at TRL6 via component spin pit testing.
Governor's Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing Professor, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Uday Vaidya is an expert on the manufacturing and use of fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites. His research focuses on developing applications for thermoplastics in the military, the housing market, the health care industry, and commercial transportation. Vaidya holds joint appointments in University of Tennessee’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
President, Thermo-Calc Software Inc
Paul Mason graduated in 1989 from South Bank University in London, UK with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Physical Sciences and Scientific Computing. Upon graduation, he joined the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell and worked on materials R&D with applications to civil nuclear power, particularly at high temperatures. Mason began his career as a research experimentalist and then moved into the modeling realm where he began to apply computational thermodynamics as a predictive tool for materials behavior as well as managing multi-disciplinary programs that combined modeling and experimental work. In 2004, he was appointed president of Thermo-Calc Software Inc. when Swedish based Thermo-Calc Software AB started a US subsidiary. Paul is a past chair of the TMS Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) Committee and is the current vice-chair of the Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division.
Edward D. Herderick
Director of Additive Manufacturing, The Ohio State University
Edward D. Herderick serves as the director of additive manufacturing for the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) at The Ohio State University. The guiding thread across his career has been a focus on implementing complex manufacturing technology solutions for industrial customers in nuclear energy, aerospace, power generation, oil & gas, and transportation. He has held leadership roles as the additive technologies leader for GE Corporate Supply Chain and Operations, director of R&D at AM startup rp+m, and director of the Additive Manufacturing Consortium operated by EWI. He is active in the materials community serving on the Board of Trustees for TMS and as the Industrial Editor for JOM. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Lehigh University
Natasha Vermaak earned her doctorate in materials from the University of California Santa Barbara where she worked on thermostructural design tools for hypersonic vehicles. Prior to joining the faculty at Lehigh University, Vermaak was a postdoctoral scholar for two years at the University of Grenoble, France. Her research interests include multifunctional architectured materials and structures; application of optimization techniques for the design of material composition, microstructure and structural topology; modeling thermostructural and materials degradation and durability; plastic design theorems; ultra-light weight aerospace structures; and integrated computational materials engineering (ICME).
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