Graduate Student Researchers

Baer, Amanda (
Ph.D. Materials 1997
Thesis: Microstructural Development of Melt-Grown Mullite Fibrils
Presently at Hitachi Storage Systems Division, San Jose, CA.

Balmer-Millar, Mari Lou (
Ph.D. Materials 1993 (co-advisor with F.F. Lange), 1998 Presidential Early Career Award
Thesis: Metastable Phase Selection, Partitioning and Microstructural Evolution in Zr02-MOx Processed from Liquid Precursors
Presently Director of Research and Advanced Materials Technology, Caterpillar, Inc., Peoria, IL.

Bland, Lael Gregory
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering 1987
Thesis: Creep in Geometrically Complex Parts while Diffusion Bonding
Presently President, B&K Restaurants, Huntington Beach, CA

Borg, Maureen Linda
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering 1988
Thesis: Microstructural Development and Mechanical Properties of Cu-Al In-Situ Formed Composites
Presently Owner, Homecrafters and WitchHazel Woods Fine Garden Design, General Contractor and Real Estate, Amherst, MA.

Brink, Damon Douglas (
Ph.D. Materials, 2000
Thesis: The Interplay of Microstructure, Geometry and Stress State on the Mechanical Performance of MMC Joints.
Presently Vicepresident for Engineering, Architected Materials, Inc., Ventura, CA.

Burr, Alain (
Visiting Ph.D. student, E.N.S. de Cachan, Universitat Paris 6, France (co-advisor with F.A. Leckie)
Research topic: Finite element modeling and mechanical behavior studies of butt joints in metal matrix composites.
Presently Scientist, Center for Materials Forming (CEMEF), MINES Paristech, France.

Chien, Allen T. (
Ph.D. Materials 1998 (co-advisor with F.F. Lange and J.S. Speck)
Thesis: Hydrothermal Epitaxy of Perovskite Thin Film
Presently Multimarket Marketing Manager at Avago Technologies, San Jose, CA

Clark, Elizabeth Ann (
Ph.D. Materials, 2013
Thesis: Surface Engineering of Nickel Alloys to Form a Stable Alpha Alumina Barrier Layer at Temperatures ≤ 1000°C.
Presently Materials Engineer with the Elliott Group in Pittsburgh, PA

Donohue, Erin Marie (
Ph.D. Materials, 2014, GAANN Fellow
Thesis: Investigation of the Parameters Influencing Thermal Barrier Coating Toughness Through a Novel Measurement Technique
Presently Data Analytics Associate with EnerNOC, Inc., Boston, MA.

Crudele, Scott David
Ph.D. Materials 1994
Thesis: Processing and Microstructural Evolution of Al2O3/Al-alloy and AlN/Al-alloy Composites by Directed Melt Oxidation.
Presently Deputy Programs Directorate at Northrop Grumman

Fisch, Maxwell Harrison (
M.Sc, Materials 2014 (NSF Fellow)
Topic: Water vapor transport of CMFAS oxides

Goh, Gregory Kia Liang (
Ph.D. Materials, 2001 (co-advisor with F.F. Lange)
Thesis: Hydrothermal Syhtyesis of I:V Perofskite Thin Films and Powders.
Presently Head, Materials Growth, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore

Grant, Kendra Marie (
Ph.D., Materials, 2010
Thesis: The Degradation of Environmental Barrier Coatings by Molten Silicates: Mechanisms and Mitigation
Presently Process Engineer, Micron Technology, Boise, ID.

Hanson, Robert (
Ph.D. Materials, 1999 (co-advisor with A.G. Evans)
Thesis: Mechanical Behavior in Ceramic Matrix Composites with Fugitive Fiber Coatings.
Presently with the California Nano Systems Institute at UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA.

Hyman, Mark Edward (
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 1990 (co-advisor with R. Mehrabian)
Thesis: Refractory Boride Formation and Microstructure Evolution during Solidification of Ti-B and Ti-Al-B Alloys
Presently Founder and President, Alliance Finishing and Manufacturing, Oxnard, CA.

Krogstad, Jessica Anne (
Ph.D. Materials, 2012 - NSF Fellow
Thesis: Phase stability of Zirconia-Based Thermal Barrier Coatings
Presently Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Leckie, Rafael Miguel Rique (
Ph.D. Materials, 2006 - NSF Fellow
Thesis: Fundamental Issues Regarding the Implementation of Gadolinium Zirconate for Thermal Barrier Applications
Presently researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, MST-6

Ludtke-Knoedler, Heather Lynn (
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2000 (co-advisor with G.E. Lucas)
Thesis: Interfacial Instability of Copper-Silver Multilayer Thin Films at Elevated Temperatures.
Presently Equipment Engineering Manager, Skyworks Solutions, Inc, Newbury Park, CA.

Mailand, Jason C. (
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering 1996 (co-advisor with F.A. Leckie)
Thesis: A Finite Element Analysis of Model Scarf Joints in MMCs
Presently New Product Development Engineering Manager at Tejas, The Woodlands,Houston, TX

Mateja, Daniel John
M.Sc. Materials 1994
Thesis: Processing Routes for the Fabrication of Hybrid Metal-Ceramic Composites via Physical Vapor Deposition
Presently at Inland Steel, East Chicago, Indiana.

Mateos-Mahler, Hector Izcahuatzin
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, 1989 (co-advisor with R. Mehrabian)
Thesis: Microstructural Evolution of a Ti-50%Al Alloy under Slow, Conventional and Rapid Solidification

Miller, Denise Sue (
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, 1992
Thesis: Metastable Phase Selection in Undercooled Intermetallic Melts
Presently at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA.

Nagorka, Michael Stephen (
Ph.D. Materials, 1993 (DoD Fellow)
Thesis: Processing, Microstructure and Creep Behavior of Y2O3 and ZrO2 DS Copper from Rapidly Solidified Precursors
Presently Group Leader, Microbeam Technologies at Schaefer Labs, CA.

Novak, Mark David (
Ph.D. Materials, 2009: MCCAM Fellow - LEAPS Fellow
Thesis: Microstructure Development and High-Temperature Oxidation of Silicide Coatings for Refractory Niobium Alloys.
Presently Process Development Engineer at ATI Wah Chang, Albany, Oregon.

Philliber, Joel Alan (
Ph.D. Materials, 1997 (DOD Fellow)
Thesis: Microstructure Evolution and Mechanical Behavior of b-Titanium Alloys Reinforced with In Situ Grown TiB
Presently at Avago Technologies, Fort Collins, CO

Pitek-Smith, Felicia Marie (
Ph.D. Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006
Thesis: A Study of the ZrO2-YO1.5-TaO2.5 System as a Potential Thermal Barrier Oxide
Presently Senior Materials Engineer at Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Polli, Andrew David (
Ph.D. Materials 1997 (co-advisor with F.F. Lange)
Thesis: Production of Oxides via Solution Precursors: Metastable Phase Selection, Partitioning and Thin Films
Presently R&D Director, Rare Earth systems, Solvay, Rhodia Sector. Paris, France

Pusch, Matthias (
Visiting Diploma student, 1998, TU Bergakademie Freiberg (co-advisor with D.R. Clarke)
Research topic: Modeling of thermal barrier coatings growth by physical vapor deposition.
Presently with WorldViz LLC, Santa Barbara.

Raschkova, Boriana (
Ph.D. Materials 2003 - Max Planck Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart (co-advisor with M. Rühle)
Thesis: The Structure of Alumina-Zirconia Interfaces in Thermal Barrier Coatings.
Presently scientist at Montan Universität Leoben, Austria.

Rebollo Franco, Noemi Rosa (
Ph.D. Materials, 2005 (CONACYT/UC Mexus Fellow)
Thesis: Phase stability of thermal barrier oxides based on t' zirconia with trivalent oxide additions
Presently at the Geology Institute, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Salas, Olimpia (
Ph.D. Materials, 1992 (co-advisor with R. Mehrabian)
Thesis: A Fundamental Study of the Formation of Al2O3/Al Composites from Oxidation of Liquid Al Alloys
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering 1987
Thesis: Microstructural Evolution of Rapidly Solidified Al-Fe-Ce Powders
Presently Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at ITESM Estado de Mexico, Atizapan, Mexico.

Schaedler, Tobias (
Ph.D. Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006
Thesis: Phase evolution in the YO1.5-TiO2-ZrO2 system and Effects on Ionic Conductivity and Toughness.
Presently Research Staff Member at HRL Laboratories, LLC, Malibu, CA

Sommer, Eric (
Dr. rer. nat., 2002 - Max Planck Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart (co-advisor with M. Rühle)
Thesis: Effect of Bond Coat Microstructure on the Oxidation Behavior and Degradation of Thermal Barrier Systems.

Litty-Sorbello, Jennifer Renee (
M.S. Materials, 2000
Thesis: Designed Defects for the Study of Spallation Behavior in Thermal Barrier Coatings.
Presently Materials and Process Engineer at Boeing Satellite Systems, El Segundo, CA.

Terry, Scott Gregory (
Ph.D. Materials, 2001 (NSF Fellow)
Thesis: Microstructural Evolution of Thermal Barrier Coatings Grown by Physical Vapor Deposition.
Presently Senior Scientist with Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.

Tilly, Daniel John (
Ph.D. Materials, 1993
Thesis: Phase Equilibria and Microstructural Evolution of MoSi2-SiC In-Situ Composites by Melt Processing
Presently Supervisor, Materials and Chemistry, PG&E, San Ramon, CA

Waltner, Seth (
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2000. (co-advisor with F.A. Leckie)
Thesis: Mechanical Behavior and Failure Mechanisms of Metal Matrix Composite Transition Joints.
Presently Partner and Managing Officer at Cornerstone Custom Construction, Inc., Wishon, CA.

Wessler, Berit (
Visiting Ph.D. student, 1997-98, Universitūt Bonn (advisor W. Mader, co-advisor at UCSB with F.F. Lange)
Research topic: Synthesis of ZnO thin films by liquid precursor processing.
Presently Head, Strategic Technology Cooperation, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH, Munich, Germany.

Whitney, Teresa (
M.Sc. Materials, 1989
Thesis: Phase Selection and Microstructural Evolution in Rapidly Solidified Alumina-Zirconia Ceramic Alloys.
Presently Manager, NDT at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Canoga Park, CA.

Zaleski, Elisa Marie (
Ph.D., Materials, 2013
Thesis: Mechanisms and Mitigation of CMAS Attack on Thermal Barrier Coatings
Presently Senior Materials Engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines, East Hartford, CT.

Former Research Associates

Burk, Steffen (
Ph.D. Siegen University/TU Darmstadt; Post-doctoral Researcher, Materials - Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation.
Research topic: CMAS interactions with T/EBC systems.
Presently Materials Engineer with Isabellenhuette Heusler GmbH & Co, Dillenburg, Germany.

Carbogno, Christian (
Ph.D. Ulm University, Post-doctoral Researcher, Materials - DFG Fellow (joint with Professors Van de Walle and Scheffler)
Research topic: First Principles Calculations of Structure and Properties in Zirconia
Presently at the Theory Department, Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin.

Cho, Junghyun (
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University, 1999
Research topic: Microstructure evolution in thermal barrier coatings—modeling, growth and characterization.
Presently Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at SUNY Binghamton, Mechanical Engineering Department.

Dary, Francois-Charles
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1993
Research topics: Mechanical behavior of aluminum matrix composites and microstructural characterization of in-situ titanium matrix composites.
Presently V.P. of Global R&D and H.C. Starck

DeGraef, Marc (
Ph.D. Physics, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 1989
Research topics: HREM of metastable phases in intermetallic in-situ composites and in ceramics synthesized from precursors.
Presently Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Gandhi, Ashutosh Suresh (
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (2002)
Research topic: Phase evolution in inorganic systems, surface diffusion and mechanical behavior of thermal barrier oxides.
Presently Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (formerly IIT-Madras)

Gutierrez, Luis (
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffield University
Research topic: Toughening of La zirconate based TBCs, CMAS interactions with Ta-doped TBCs
Presently Researcher at CINVESTAV in Querétaro, Mexico.

Heredia, Fernando ( (with A.G. Evans)
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
Research topic: Processing and mechanical behavior of directionally solidified metal-intermetallic fibrous eutectic systems.
Presently at Senior Reliability/Materials and Processes Engineer, ATK Space, Goleta, CA.

Krämer, Stephan (
Ph.D. Materials Science, Max Planck Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany, 2001
Research topics: Thermal barrier coatings: environmental degradation by CMAS.
Presently Senior Development Engineer, Electron-Optics Facility, Materials Department, UCSB

Jayaram, Vikram (
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1984
Research topics: Mechanisms of microstructure evolution during directed melt oxidation; metastable phase selection in ceramic systems.
Presently Professor and Chair, Metallurgy Department, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Löfvander, Jan Per Axel (
Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1989
Research topics: Microstructural characterization of in-situ reinforced intermetallic matrix composites and thermally sprayed Fe-based coatings.

Mackin, Thomas (with A.G. Evans) (
Ph.D. Engr. Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, 1990
Research topic: Mechanical performance of environmentally-compatible fiber coating systems for intermetallic matrix composites.
Presently Chair, Mechanical Engineering Department, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Manor, Eitan (with R. Mehrabian) (
Ph.D. Materials, Ben Gurion University, Israel, 1986
Research topic: Microstructure evolution in SiC/Al2O3/Al composites produced by directed melt oxidation.
Presently Head of Advanced Materials Department and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jerusalem College of Engineering

McCullough, Colin (with R. Mehrabian) (
Ph.D. Metallurgy, Leeds University, 1985
Research topics: Phase equilibria in the Ti-Al system and transformations in gamma titanium aluminide alloys.
Presently Lead Product Development Specialist at 3M Electrical Markets Division, St. Paul, MN

Paul, Anand Justin (with R. Mehrabian) (
Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1987
Research topic: Modelling and microstructural studies of surface-melted layers in intermetallic materials.
Presently Manager, Global Government Industry Research Relationshipo, IBM Research, Bethesda, MD.

Valencia, Juan Jose (with R. Mehrabian) (
Ph.D. Metallurgy, Sheffield University, UK, 1982
Research topics: Solidification processing of titanium aluminides and in-situ reinforced intermetallic matrix composites.
Presently at Concurrent Technologies Corp., Jonestown, PA

Van Sluytman, Jason (
Post-doctoral Researcher, Materials, Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
Research Topic: Microstructure Evolution and Environmental Resistance of Novel Thermal Barrier Systems
Presently at Exponent, Engineering and Scientific Consulting, Menlo Park, CA

Vlach, Kenneth (with R. Mehrabian)
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, UW Madison, 1988
Research topic: Thermogravimetric studies of the directed oxidation of aluminum alloy melts to form ceramic-metal composites.
Presently at Alliance, Finishing and Manufacturing, Oxnard, CA

Former Research Interns

Ashley, Eric (
Undergraduate research assistant (Mentors: Deryck Stave and Jason Van Sluytman)
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, UCSB (2015)
Research topic: Design and implementation of ingot feeding system for EB-PVD system

Barth, Talia Lyn (
RISE Intern 2014-15, Undergraduate research assistant (Mentor: David Poerschke)
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, UCSB (2015) - Currently Graduate Student at University of Michigan
Research topic: Phase equilibria in thermal barrier oxide-silicate systems

Campbell, Duncan Blue (
Undergraduate research assistant 2014-15 (Mentors: Maxwell Fisch, Wesley Jackson)
B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, UCSB (2015)
Research topic: Design and implementation of oxide volatilization apparatus

Gabbett, Cian (
CISEI Intern, Summer 2015 (Mentor: Najeb Abdul-Jabbar)
B.Sc. Experimental Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Research topic: Phase equilibria in the CaO-GdO1.5-SiO2 system.

Guerra, Tanner (
Undergraduate Research Assistant Summer 2014 (Mentor: Stefan Heinze)
B.Sc. Student, Materials Science, MIT
Research topic: Phase Stability and Fracture Toughness of Oxide Materials

Grünewald, Patrick (
CISEI Intern Summer 2014 (Mentor: Kaylan Wessels)
Undergraduate Student, Materials Science, Saarland University, Germany
Research topic: Evolution of superalloy microstructure during engine service

Hinojos, Alejandro (
RISE Intern Summer 2014 (Mentor: Colin Stewart)
B.Sc. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Texas, El Paso (2015)
Research topic: Oxidation of Novel Co-based alloys

Landberg, Erik (
CISEI Intern Summer 2014 (Mentor: David Jorgensen, with T.M. Pollock)
M.Sc. Student, Molecular Science and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweeden
Research topic: Oxidation studies in aluminide bond coats

Martineau, Matthew (
Undergraduate research assistant (Mentor: Rebecca Reitz)
B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, UCSB (2015)
Research topic: Design and implementation of reactive melt infiltration visualization system

Sanz, Joseph (
CAMP Intern Summer 2014 (Mentor: Maxwell Fisch)
B.Sc. Student in Chemical Engineering, UCSB
Research topic: Thermal analysis of model silicate deposits in aeroengines

Roberts, Maita (
CISEI Intern Summer 2015 (Mentor: Colin Stewart)
M.Sc. student in Materials Science, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
Research topic: Evolution of oxide scales in novel Co-based alloys

Staudt, Jana (
CISEI Intern Summer 2014 (Mentor: Natalie Larson, with F.W. Zok)
M.Sc., Materials Chemistry, Saarland University, Germany
Research topic: Infiltration dynamics and pyrolysis of polymer precursors in ceramic composites

Velasco-Hogan, Audrey Josephine (
Undergraduate research assistant 2015 (Mentor: David Poerschke)
B.Sc., Chemistry, UCSB (2015)
Research topic: Synthesis of complex oxides

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