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, US 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

Research Interests: 

Mechanical behavior; phase tranformations; electron microscopy; x-ray topography; x-ray diffraction; microstructure and mechanical behavior of snow, firn, and ice; magnetic materials; intermetallic compounds; high temperature materials; nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia

Zi Chen

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Mechanical instabilities of thin structures; origami structures; energy harvesting devices; stretchable electronics; biomimetic materials/devices; nanofabrication; mechanics of morphogenesis; cell biomechanics; mechanics of DNA structures​

David M. Cole

Research Civil Engineer, Force Projection and Sustainment Branch, CRREL
Adjunct Research Professor, Clarkson University
Adjunct Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Properties and mechanics of geologic materials; granular media mechanics; contact mechanics; flow behavior of polycrystalline ice

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
Senior Technologist, Indium Corporation, Clinton, NY

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

Weiyang (Fiona) Li

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Energy materials; functional nanomaterials design and synthesis; structure-property correlations; electrochemical engineering; energy storage and conversion devices; batteries, fuel cells, and clean/renewable energy; electrocatalysis

Jifeng Liu

Associate 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

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

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

Associate Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Musculoskeletal Research, including: orthopaedic failure analysis and design; wear of polymers; polymer processing; biomaterials; biomechanics; implantable and wearable technology; 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