Julie M. Schoenung

Distinguished Professor Emerita
716B Engineering Tower

Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697


Ph.D., Materials Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S., Materials Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. Ceramic Engineering, University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign

Julie M. Schoenung has worked extensively in the area of novel materials processing, testing and characterization. She is currently a Professor Emerita of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in ceramic engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Schoenung was recently selected to be the recipient of the 2018 ASM International Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship, the inaugural Innovation in Research Award (2017) from Materials Science & Engineering-A, and the 2016 Holloman Award for Materials & Society from Acta Materialia, Inc.. She is an Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy and has served for many years as a Key Reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (2003-present). She is also a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Alpha Sigma Mu Honor Society and ASM International. Schoenung’s research activities seek to provide fundamental insight into structure-processing-property mechanistic relationships in a variety of material systems. Innovative synthesis and consolidation processes are combined to fabricate novel materials that exhibit unique behavior. Her current research focus is on high entropy ceramics and additive manufacturing of ceramics, cermets, composites and metals. Key research discoveries include: development and implementation of nanoscratch testing, particularly of alumina and alumina/graphene composites; in-situ mechanical deformation during TEM to characterize ceramic/metal interfaces in nanostructured composites; mechanisms controlling spark plasma sintering of ceramics; synthesis of silicon nitride nanowires from cryomilled silicon powder; investigation of lead (Pb) in ceramics and electronics, and identification of safer alternatives; economic analysis of advanced ceramic component fabrication.

Schoenung’s work has also been complemented by several awards and distinctions such as Fellow, American Ceramic Society – 2018; Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship, ASM International – 2018; Excellence in Research, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine – 2017; Innovation in Research Award (Inaugural Recipient), Materials Science and Engineering A (MSEA) – 2017; Fellow, Alpha Sigma Mu – 2016; Hollomon Award for Materials & Society, Acta Materialia, Inc. – 2016; Fellow, ASM International – 2012.

Schoenung also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.