• Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Assistant Professor
  • Charlotte and Walter Buchanan Faculty Fellow
  • Phone: 979.458.4509
  • Email: cma@tamu.edu
  • Office: 117H Thompson
Chao Ma

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2012
  • B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2010
  • B.A. in Economics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2010

Research Interests

    • Additive Manufacturing
    • Laser Manufacturing
    • Nanocomposites
    • Modeling of Manufacturing Processes

Selected Publications

  • Ma, C., Chen, L., Cao, C., and Li, X., 2017, “Nanoparticle-induced Unusual Melting and Solidification Behaviours of Metals,” Nature Communications, Vol. 8, pp. 14178-1–14178-7.
  • Ma, C., Chen, L., Xu, J., Zhao, J., and Li, X., 2015, “Control of Fluid Dynamics by Nanoparticles in Laser Melting,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 117, pp. 114901-1–114901-8.
  • Ma, C., Zhao, J., Cao, C., Lin, T., and Li, X., 2016, “Fundamental Study on Laser Interactions with Nanoparticles-Reinforced Metals — Part I: Effect of Nanoparticles on Optical Reflectivity, Specific Heat, and Thermal Conductivity”, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Vol. 138, pp. 121001-1–121001-7.
  • Ma, C., Zhao, J., Cao, C., Lin, T., and Li, X., 2016, “Fundamental Study on Laser Interactions with Nanoparticles-Reinforced Metals — Part II: Effect of Nanoparticles on Surface Tension, Viscosity and Laser Melting”, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Vol. 138, pp. 121002-1–121002-6.
  • Ma, C., Vadali, M., Li, X., Duffie, N.A., and Pfefferkorn, F.E., 2014, “Analytical and Experimental Investigation of Thermocapillary Flow in Pulsed Laser Micropolishing,” Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing, Vol. 2(2), pp. 021010-1–021010-8.