Professor Emeritus
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    Dr. Cochran is a Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His long-time association with Georgia Tech began as student receiving his B.S. and M.S. from the School of Ceramic Engineering. After receiving his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Ceramic Engineering (1971) he returned to Tech joining the faculty ranks where he ultimately served as the B. Mifflin Hood Professor and Associate Chair in the School of MSE.  Dr. Cochran's primary focus is now research oriented where he concentrates on a variety of processing techniques coupled with reactive sintering to fabricate net shape alloys, intermetallics and ceramics of controlled microstructure to provide optimized properties.

    Current research focuses on processing/properties of alloy honeycomb fabricated by direct reduction of extruded oxide powders, supported by DARPA & ONR for thermal management and lightweight structural applications. Most recently, extrusion technology of reactive materials has been extended to low cost single step fabrication of layered SOFCs. Current linear cellular alloy (LCA) applications are based on high performance, high strain rate properties and includes capsules for energetic materials (munitions) and multifunctional lightweight armor. Fabrication techniques for new transducer designs are being developed in conjunction with Bob Newnham’s group to include linear piezoelectric acoustic structures with multimode directional properties.  Reactive processing of nitrides is resulting in net shape fabrication of intermetallics (MoSiB) for turbine blade applications.

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    B.Cer.E Georgia Institute of Technology
    M.S. Ceramic Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 
    Ph.D. Ceramic Engineering, Ohio State University

    1. B. Mifflin Hood Professor of Ceramics, MSE, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1993-2004
    2. Associate Chair, MSE, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995-2004
    3. Member, European Academy of Sciences, Elected 2002
    4. Fellow, American Ceramic Society, 1982
    5. Advisor to SAIC Award Recipient for best MS Paper, Adam Nagel, 1998
    6. Hewitt Wilson Award, Southeastern Section American Ceramic Society, 1994
    7. Interim Chair, MSE, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1993
    8. ABET Examiner, Ceramic Eng., NICE, 1986-Present, Materials Eng., TMS 1997-Present
    9. Advisor to Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Award Recipients, 1970, 81, 83, 85, 86, 97
    10. Southeast Section, American Ceramic Society, Officers Chain, 1779-1982, Chair 1983
    11. Whitewares Division, American Ceramic Society, Officers Chain 1975-1979, Chair 1980
    12. NSF, Research Initiation Grant, 1972 (Equivalent to NSF’s current PYI/Career Award)
    13. Sigma Xi, Georgia Tech, Outstanding MS Thesis Research Award, 1969
    14. Memberships Technical Societies: ACerS, SE Section ACerS, NICE, Keramos, MRS, TMS, ASM
    Research Interests
    • Ceramic processing
    • Cellular structure fabrication
    • Reactive, net shape, ceramic to metal conversion