Current metal additive manufacturing techniques can create complex parts but offer poor control over microstructure, making it difficult to print high-performance components for the most demanding applications. We seek to overcome this limitation by developing new processes for printing objects with tailored microstructures that deliver specific desirable mechanical properties. To achieve this goal, we study the physics of materials processing and plastic deformation, with a view towards establishing quantitative process-structure-property linkages for additively manufactured materials. The technologies and understanding that we’re developing have important potential applications in the defense, energy, and aero/astro sectors, ranging from structural reactive materials to shielding against micrometeoroids and orbital debris.

If you’re interested in pursuing cutting-edge research on materials processing and structural materials, please visit the openings page to see how you can join the team.