Material Advantage students host lab tours, poster session for Houston professional organization

Xiayun Huang discusses her posterThe Material Advantage student chapter at Texas A&M University hosted this year’s student night event of the ASM International Houston chapter Oct. 4 in the lobby of the Interdisciplinary Life Science Building on campus. (Pictured: Mechanical engineering graduate student Xiayun Huang discusses her poster on polyelectrolyte film at the ASM Houston chapter meeting.)

The 50 Houston visitors -- from the metals and alloys, heat treatment, oil services, and chemical, plastic, and testing industries -- toured the laboratories of Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas from the Department of Aerospace Engineering), and Dr. Miladin Radovic, Dr. Ibrahim Karaman and Dr. Ted Hartwig from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

“We were pleased to be able to reciprocate the hospitality shown us by the Houston group last year,” said Steven Rios, Material Advantage president, who acted as master of ceremonies.

After the lab tours, Texas A&M faculty and students joined the Houston visitors for dinner and a judged poster session. Karaman, chair of the Materials Science and Engineering program greeted the group with an overview of the Materials Science and Engineering program. Lagoudas, head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and a faculty member in the Materials Science and Engineering Program, presented his research on the synthesis, characterization and modeling of multifunctional materials for extreme environments, part of his MURI project.

“We hope our continued association with ASM International will foster opportunities for industrial-academic collaboration with our colleagues in Houston,” said Radovic, faculty advisor to the Materials Advantage student organization.

Materials Science and Engineering students Sean Gibbons, studying under Dr. Raymundo Arróyave, took the $250 first place with his poster, "Phase Field Modeling of Microelasticity using FiPy," a computational study using the NIST open-source partial differential equation solver, to derive elastic chemical potential. Another Materials Science and Engineering student, Liangfa Hu, advised by Radovic, took second place with a poster on the properties and processing of a machinable ternary carbide materials. The poster of Ebubekir Dogan, who is advised by Karaman, took third place for his work on improvement of nickel-rich shape memory alloy.

The posters were judged by ASM Houston members, and Texas A&M Engineering faculty and postdoctoral research associates.