• Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution
  • 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., 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.
  • Ma, C., Vadali, M., Duffie, N.A., Pfefferkorn, F.E., and Li, X., 2013, “Melt Pool Flow and Surface Evolution during Pulsed Laser Micro Polishing of Ti6Al4V,” Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Vol. 135, pp. 061023-1–061023-8.
  • Ma, C., Chen, L., Xu, J., Fehrenbacher, A., Li, Y., Pfefferkorn, F.E., Duffie, N.A., Zheng, J., and Li, X., 2013, “Effect of Fabrication and Processing Technology on the Biodegradability of Magnesium Nanocomposites,” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, Vol. 101B(5), pp. 870–877.
  • Chen, L., Konishi, H., Fehrenbacher, A., Ma, C., Xu, J., Choi, H., Xu, H., Pfefferkorn, F.E, and Li, X., 2012, “Novel Nanoprocessing Route for Bulk Graphene Nanoplatelets Reinforced Metal Matrix Nanocomposites,” Scripta Materialia, Vol. 67(1), pp. 29–32.
  • Li, H., Choi, H., Ma, C., Zhao, J., Jiang, H., Cai, W., Abell, J.A., and Li, X., 2013, “Transient Temperature and Heat Flux Measurement in Ultrasonic Joining of Battery Tabs Using Thin-Film Microsensors,” Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Vol. 135, pp. 051015-1–051015-8.
  • Pfefferkorn, F.E, Duffie, N.A, Li, X., Vadali, M., and Ma, C., 2013, “Improving Surface Finish in Pulsed Laser Micro Polishing Using Thermocapillary Flow,” CIRP Annals, Vol. 62(1), pp. 203–206.
  • Vadali, M., Ma, C., Duffie, N.A., Li, X., and Pfefferkorn, F.E., 2012, “Pulsed Laser Micro Polishing: Surface Prediction Model,” Journal of Manufacturing Processes, Vol. 14, pp. 307–315.