Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Core Faculty

Julie Schoenung

Julie M. Schoenung, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: materials selection, green engineering, materials processing and characterization, nanostructured materials, structure-property relationships
E-mail: julie.schoenung@uci.edu
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Diran Apelian

Diran Apelian, Sc.D.

Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: solidification processing; aluminum metallurgy; clean metal/melt refining; plasma processing / spray forming; powder metallurgy; nanostructured materials; semi-solid processing; thermal processing; resource recovery and recycling; innovation in engineering education
E-mail: dapelian@uci.edu

William Bowman

William Bowman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: materials for energy conversion and storage, advanced transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy, correlating multiscale properties, electrical properties of ceramics, electrochemistry and defect chemistry, interfaces, grain boundaries and surfaces, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, ceramic processing and thin-film growth
Email: will.bowman@uci.edu
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Stacy Copp

Stacy Copp, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Samueli Faculty Development Chair
Research Interests: soft matter-based photonic materials; metal nanoclusters; polymer nanostructures; self-assembly; biomimetics; machine learning for materials discovery
Email: stacy.copp@uci.edu
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James Earthman

James Earthman, Ph.D.

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: biomaterials, compositionally complex materials, nanocrystalline alloys, quantitative percussion diagnostics, deformation and damage processes
Email: earthman@uci.edu

Allon Hochbaum, Ph.D.

Department Undergraduate Advisor and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Chemistry
Research Interests: nanoscale materials and hybrid bio-inorganic devices for applications in clean energy
Email: hochbaum@uci.edu
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Enrique Lavernia

Enrique Lavernia, Ph.D.

UCI Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor; Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: nanostructured materials, additive manufacturing, powder metallurgy, mechanical behavior
Email: provost@uci.edu
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Martha Mecartney

Martha Mecartney, Ph.D.

Department Graduate Advisor for Continuing Students (Fall 2019, Spring 2020) and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: ceramics for energy applications and for extreme environments, flash sintering, interfacial design of thermal conductivity, transmission electron microscopy
Email: martham@uci.edu
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Farghalli Mohamed

Farghalli Mohamed, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: mechanical behavior of engineering materials such as metals, composites and ceramics, the correlation between behavior and microstructure, creep and superplasticity, mechanisms responsible for strengthening and fracture
E-mail: famohame@uci.edu
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Daniel Mumm

Daniel Mumm, Ph.D.

Department Graduate Advisor for Continuing Students (Winter 2020) and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: development of materials for power generation systems, propulsion, integrated sensing, advanced vehicle concepts and platform protection
Email: mumm@uci.edu

Xiaoqing Pan

Xiaoqing Pan, Ph.D.

Henry Samueli Endowed Chair, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy; Director, Irvine Materials Research Institute
Research Interests: atomic-scale structure, properties and dynamic behaviors of advanced materials including thin films and nanostructures for memories, catalysts, and energy conversion and storage devices.
Email: xiaoqing.pan@uci.edu
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Regina Ragan

Regina Ragan, Ph.D.

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Endowed Chair for the Center for Diversity in Engineering Education
Research Interests: exploration and development of novel material systems for nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices
E-mail: rragan@uci.edu
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Tim Rupert

Tim Rupert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: mechanical behavior, nanomaterials, structure-property relationships, microstructural stability, grain boundaries and interfaces, materials characterization
Email: trupert@uci.edu
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Lorenzo Valdevit

Lorenzo Valdevit, Ph.D.

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Director, Institute for Design & Manufacturing Innovation (IDMI)
Research Interests: architected materials, mechanical metamaterials, additive manufacturing, optimal design
Email: valdevit@uci.edu
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Visiting Faculty and Lecturers

Horst Hahn

Horst Hahn, Ph.D.

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: defects and diffusion in metals and ceramics, nanostructured and amorphous materials, tailored and tunable properties of nanostructures, energy materials, printed electronics, high entropy materials
E-mail: horst.hahn@kit.edu

Chris Hoo

Chris Hoo, Ph.D.

Continuing Lecturer of Materials Science and Engineering
E-mail: cmhoo@uci.edu

Jim Shackelford

Jim Shackelford, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering
E-mail: jfshacke@uci.edu