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New faculty members expand department's capacity

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering have launched a new academic year with six new faculty members, helping to build capacity in critical areas.

Two, Carolin Fink and Joerg Jinschek, joined the department on January 1, 2017.

Carolin FinkFink is the first female faculty member in the welding engineering program, joining at the rank of assistant professor. She completed her studies at Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. During her doctoral studies, she developed expertise and research interests in welding metallurgy and weldability of nickel-based alloys, stainless steels, and high-strength-low-alloy steels. She’s also a certified International Welding Engineer. (Click here for more information.)

Joerg JinschekJinschek is contributing to Ohio State’s efforts to enable more efficient energy use and conversion as an associate professor. He earned his advanced degrees from the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany. Prior to joining Ohio State, he was an assistant professor of research and director of the Electron Microscopy Laboratory at Virginia Tech. His research activities concentrate on methodological aspects of state-of-the-art electron microscopy, opening routes towards atom-sensitive imaging of nanostructures. (Click here for more information.)

Four faculty members joined the department in August.

Vicky Doan-NguyenLike Jinschek, Vicky Doan-Nguyen's recruitmen was enabled through the Ohio State Discovery Themes, a transformative effort to focus the resources and intellect of a major public university on critical societal needs. Doan-Nguen, who has a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will help the department and Ohio State’s Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS) increase their capacity in energy storage and conversion. Her research combines smart design, synthesis, novel local structure probes, and functional testing of nanostructured materials to understand how structural changes at the atomic scape propagate to functional performance. She was most recently a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow and an Ellings Prize Fellow at the University of California – Santa Barbara. (Click here for more information.)

Perena GoumaPerena Gouma, PhD, is the first female faculty to hold the Edward Orton, Jr., Chair in Ceramic Engineering. She brings expertise in the design and development of ceramic-based sensors for industrial and biomedical applications, areas that directly support strategic connections among materials, medicine, mobility, and manufacturing. She is an internationally recognized researcher and instructor, an elected member of the National Academy of Inventors, and was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar. She has authored or co-authored over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has 18 patents involving nanomaterials, photocatalysts, sensors, and breathalyzers. (Click here for more information.)

Xun LiuXun Liu is the latest strategic hire for the welding engineering program. She was most recently a postdoctoral researcher in the mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering programs at the University of Michigan. Her research interests center on advanced manufacturing procexses, including solid-state joining of dissimilar materials, hybrid welding, nanocomposite casting, and 4D printing. Her expertise extends to both experimental and computational research at the continuum scale. (Click here for more information.)

Narasi SridharNarasi Sridhar will officially join the department after service in an adjunct capacity. He will initiate the development of a Center for Aging Physical Systems at Ohio State while continuing his work as vice president of DNV GL, a firm that enables organizations to advanced the safety and sustainability of their businesses. He has extensive expertise in the area of corrosion of metals, with demonstrated leadership in the development of risk management for corroding systems, safe storage of nuclear waste, and the safe and sustainable use of materials and sensors to monitor degradation. (Click here for more information.)


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