Ph.D., Northwestern University, Material Science and Engineering
Dr. Mumm's expertise lies in the area of advanced materials and structures. His primary research interests involve the development of materials for power generation systems, propulsion, integrated sensing, advanced vehicle concepts and platform protection. His research efforts integrate high-resolution chemical and micro-structural characterization, novel imaging and spectroscopy techniques, numerical simulations, mechanical testing, and thermo-mechanical exposure in order to understand, and ultimately control, the factors that influence the performance and durability of complex structures and material systems.
Current research efforts focus on: materials for fuel cells; mechanics and reliability of nano-scale structures; coatings and composite materials for turbine engine systems; topologically cellular materials for lightweight multi-functional components and impact/blast/ballistic protection systems; and biologically-inspired morphing systems for maneuverability and propulsion. A common theme in all of these research efforts is the desire to understand the micro/nano-scale structures of interfaces between disparate materials, the evolution of those regions during component fabrication and in service, and the corresponding effects on the overall performance, durability and reliability of the system.