Materials Science and Engineering Faculty

Listed below are Dartmouth engineering faculty whose research interests and expertise involve materials science and engineering (MSE).

Mary R. Albert

Professor of Engineering
Executive Director, U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office

Research Interests: 

Snow and firn physics; air-snow transfer; ice cores and climate; porous media; transport phenomena

Ian Baker

Sherman Fairchild Professor of Engineering
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Director, Dartmouth Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence

Research Interests: 

Mechanical behavior; phase tranformations; electron microscopy; x-ray topography; x-ray diffraction; ice; magnetic materials; intermetallic compounds; high temperature materials; nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia

Zi Chen

Research Scientist
Visiting Research Scientist, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: 

Mechanics of soft matter; mechanical instability of thin structures; origami structures; computational material science

John P. Collier

Myron Tribus Professor of Engineering Innovation

Research Interests: 

Design and analysis of orthopedic prostheses; design and metallurgy of porous-metal-coated implants; study of implant/host interfaces; growth and repair of cartilage

Harold J. Frost

Associate Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Materials science; modeling of microstructural evolution; deformation and fracture at high temperatures

Francis E. Kennedy Jr.

Professor of Engineering, Emeritus

Research Interests: 

Surface mechanics and tribology (friction, wear, lubrication, surface deformation); mechanical design; mechanical behavior of materials; biomechanics

Ronald C. Lasky

Professor of Engineering
Director, Cook Engineering Design Center

Research Interests: 

Process optimization; designed experiments; statistical analysis; electronic assembly; Lean Six Sigma; electronic and optoelectronic packaging; materials science; environmental compliance for electronics; electronic assembly with lead-free solders

Jifeng Liu

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Optoelectronic materials and devices; integrated nanophotonics for energy-efficient Information Technologies (Green IT); Nanomaterials and nanostructures for solar cells and thermophotovoltaic cells; Infrared and ultraviolet optical sensors

Rachel W. Obbard

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Materials science; ice and snow microstructure, microstructure and structural glaciology; porous materials, sea ice, air-snow-ice-ocean physicochemical interactions; materials in sports equipment; materials in cultural heritage; nanostructured thin films; micro-computed tomography; scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), synchrotron X-ray micro fluorescence, Raman spectroscopy; women in science

Victor F. Petrenko

Professor of Engineering, Emeritus

Research Interests: 

Materials science; physics of semiconductors; heat transfer and refrigeration technologies; ice physics and ice engineering; de-icing and anti-icing technology; ice and snow friction

Axel Scherer

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology
Visiting Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Design and integration of functional nanostructures for optical, electronic, magnetic, microfluidic applications; silicon nanophotonics and opto-fluidic integration; photonic crystal optical nanocavities; miniaturization of magnetic manipulators and nuclear magnetic resonance sensors; monolithic integration of microfluidics, thermal management and detection systems for chemical and biological analysis; automation of lithographic tools for the construction and evaluation of nanofabricated devices

Erland M. Schulson

George Austin Colligan Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Chair, Engineering Sciences Department
Director, Ice Research Laboratory

Research Interests: 

Flow and fracture of ice; mechanical behavior of metals and alloys; physical metallurgy and materials science

Charles R. Sullivan

Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Power electronics; electromagnetic design of power electronics components; micro-fabricated magnetic components; nanocomposite magnetic materials; energy efficiency and renewable energy

Douglas W. Van Citters

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Orthopaedic failure analysis and design; wear of polymers; polymer processing; biomaterials and surgical device design

Ulrike G.K. Wegst

Associate Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Mechanical performance of natural materials; biomaterials and tissue engineering; self-assembly; biotemplated materials; biomimetics; novel materials for nuclear fuel applications; multifunctional hybrid materials; materials selection and eco-design; eco-audits; materials in musical instruments and sports equipment; science education through interdisciplinary projects linking music, arts and sport