IMat Innovation Lecture Series - Professor Tresa Pollock - University of California, Santa Barbara

MSE Seminar
Event Date:
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
MARC Auditorium

Design, Development and Deployment of New Advanced Materials: Challenges and Opportunities


The convergence of new computational capabilities, advanced characterization techniques and the ability to generate and use large-scale data provides new opportunities for rapid development and deployment of advanced materials. These opportunities have recently been recognized by the National Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). Ideally, a predictive computational infrastructure that permits (a) materials design by passing information “up” the length-scales from the atomic scale to the mesoscale as well as (b) engineering component design by the inverse passing of information “down” the scales is needed. Considering the critical need for calibration and validation of computational models, new tools for rapid characterization of material structure and properties are also needed, along with platforms for capturing, managing and analyzing large, multimodal datasets. Examples of computational and experimental tools that are accelerating the development of new structural and functional materials will be discussed along with major challenges that remain.


Tresa Pollock is the Alcoa Professor of Materials and Department Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She graduated with a B.S. from Purdue University in 1984, and a Ph.D. from MIT in 1989. Dr. Pollock was employed at General Electric Aircraft Engines from 1989 to 1991, where she conducted research and development on high temperature alloys for aircraft turbine engines. She was a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University from 1991 to 1999 and the University of Michigan from 2000 - 2010. Her current research focuses on the processing and properties of structural materials and coatings and on the use of ultrafast lasers for microfabrication and materials diagnostics.

Professor Pollock was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005, is a Fellow of TMS and ASM International, Associate Editor of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions and was the 2005-2006 President of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society

Host: David L. McDowell