Graduate Student Researchers

Baer, Amanda (
Ph.D. Materials 1997
Thesis: Microstructural Development of Melt-Grown Mullite Fibrils
Presently Integration Engineer in Thin Film Process Development at HGST, 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 General Manager, Performance, Components and High Speed Engines, 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 Characterization Facilities Specialist at Carnegie Mellon University, 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
Presently Senior Engineer at Western Digital Launch Engineering Program

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.

Jorgensen, David John ( (co-advisor, with T.M. Pollock)
Ph.D. Materials, 2016
Thesis: Design and Characterization of High-strength Ni3Al Bond Coats for Improved Thermal Barrier Coating Durability
Presently Senior Product Design Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace, Phoenix, AZ.

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.

Macauley, Chandra Ann (
Ph.D. , Materials, 2016 - NSF Fellow, UCSB Graduate Opportunity Fellow, ICMR Fellow
Dissertation: Phase Equilibria and Toughness of Zirconia-Based Thermal Barrier Coatings
Presently Post-doctoral Researcher at Universität Erlangen, Germany.

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

Mateja, Daniel John
M.Sc. Materials 1994
Thesis: Processing Routes for the Fabrication of Hybrid Metal-Ceramic Composites via Physical Vapor Deposition
Presently Customer Technical Services Manager at ArcelorMittal, 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.

Wessels, Kaylan Marie (
Ph.D., Materials, 2016
Thesis: Elucidating the Mechanism of Bond Coat Cavitation under CMAS-infiltrated Thermal Barrier Coatings
Presently Senior Materials Engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines, East Hartford, CT.

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, Mumbai (previously IIT Bombay).

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.

Jackson, Richard Wesley, III (
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
Research topics: Environmental performance thermal barrier coatings
Presently Senior Materials Engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines, East Hartford, CT.

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, Division of Mechanical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Krämer, Stephan (
Ph.D. Materials Science, Max Planck Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany, 2001
Research topics: Thermal barrier coatings: environmental degradation by CMAS, ultrahigh temperature ceramics.
Presently Staff Scientists, Electron-Optics Facility, Harvard University.

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.

Lutz, Bradley (
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Research topic: Water vapor effects on CMAS degradation of thermal barrier coatings.
Presently Senior Product Design Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace, Phoenix, AZ

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 Professor, 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 Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM Research, Potomac, 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 Senior Product Design Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace

Verma, Nisha (
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Research Topics: Advanced characterization of intermetallics and ceramic fibers
Presently Research Associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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.
(Passed away May 14, 2015)

Yang, Jing-Yu (James) (
Research Specialist, Materials (retired)
M.Sc. Materials Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 1981
Associate Professor, South East University, China, 1981-87
Research topics: Processing of metallic and ceramic composites.

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 Ph.D. 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

Dippel, Madeline (
RISE Intern, Undergraduate Research Assistant (Mentor: R.W. Jackson)
B.Sc. Student, Mechanical Engineering, UCSB
Research topic: Studies on multilayer coatings for CMAS protection.

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.

Guilford, Zachary (
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Mentor: R.W. Jackson)
B.Sc. Student, Mechanical Engineering, UCSB
Project: Design and construction of an environmental chamber for the laser gradient test 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), currently graduate student at OSU
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), M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, UCSB (2016)
Research topic: Design and implementation of reactive melt infiltration visualization system

Molakalapalli, Sreekar (
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Mentor: D.L. Poerschke)
B.Sc. Student in Physics, College of Creative Studies, UCSB
Research topic: Phase Equilibria in Silicate-Thermal Barrier Oxide Systems

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

Rudnick, Lauren (
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Mentor: Najeb Abdul-Jabbar)
B.Sc. Student, Mechanical Engineering, UCSB
Research topic: Synthesis and characterization of thermal barrier oxides

Sanchez, Maritza
CAMP Intern Summer 2013 (Mentor: Chandra Macauley)
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, CSU Los Angeles (2016), currently Ph.D. student UC San Diego
Research topic: Silicate interactions with zirconia co-doped with yttria and tantala.

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

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), currently Ph.D. student at UC San Diego
Research topic: Synthesis of complex oxides

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