• Connect academia, industry, and government

  • Understand industrially relevant processing-microstructure-property-performance relationships using state-of-the-art experimentation and modeling and close the gap between materials innovation and manufacturability

  • Train students and the next generation of Novel Metal Matrix Micro/Nano Composites


  • Develop structure-property-processing relationships in metals, ceramics, intermetallics, composites; material deformation and fabrication processes (e.g. Friction Stir Welding/Processing, High Shear Deformation, and Metal Additive Manufacturing)

  • Use of experimental and modeling methods to examine the effect of material processing history and microstructure on mechanical properties and performance.    

  • Large scale material processing methods to assess the manufacturability