Mechanical engineering's Arroyave wins NSF CAREER Award for materials research

Dr. Raymundo Arroyave, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the prestigious 2010 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.Dr. Raymundo ArroyaveThe award will fund the project, "Ab Initio Calculations for Design of High Temperature Materials."Originally from Mexico, Arroyave earned his B. Sc. degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. After working at a steel making company for about a year, Arroyave joined the graduate program in materials science and engineering at MIT, where he focused on the development of efficient high-temperature ceramic/metal seals. His doctoral dissertation was on the investigation of the physical chemistry of ceramic/metal interactions at high temperatures through experimental and computational approaches.Currently, Arroyave's main research thrust has been the development of self-consistent thermodynamic models for multicomponent, multiphase systems using the CALPHAD approach; alloy theoretical investigations of high-temperature materials and their defect structures; prediction of structural, thermodynamic and kinetic properties of crystalline materials through ab initio calculations; development of thermodynamically consistent phase field models for the investigation of solid/liquid interactions.