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Peter Anderson

  • Chair, Materials Science Engineering
  • Professor, Materials Science Engineering
  • 177 Watts Hall
    2041 College Rd
    Columbus, OH 43210-1179
  • 614-292-6255


Google Scholar ProfilePeter M. Anderson is Professor and Chair in Material Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. He earned his Sc.B. degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University and his Sc.M. and Ph.D. in Applied Science and Engineering at Harvard University. He was a post doctoral researcher at University of Cambridge, England, before joining the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU in 1988. Since then, he has taken sabbatical or short-term research positions at NIST, Brown University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Ruhr University, among others.

The Anderson research group studies how the mechanical properties of engineering materials depend on the structure and physical deformation processes at the crystalline and subcrystalline scales. The approach is to combine analytic, numerical, and experimental techniques, often through a multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary collaboration. Current research efforts are focused on: High-Strength Nanostructures, Fatigue-Resistant Shape Memory Alloys, High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys, Wear-Resistant Stainless Steel Alloys, and Polymer Scaffolds for Tissue Growth.


  • 20100401-20131201

    Chair, Materials Theory Subcommittee, Materials Research Society.

  • 20110501

    Faculty Innovator of the Year Award, Ohio Board of Regents.

  • 20090601-20090801

    Visiting Faculty, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany.

  • 20060101

    Boyer Award for Teaching Innovation.

  • 20050101

    Lumley Research Award.

  • 20010901-20020801

    Bernd T. Matthias Scholar.

  • 19990901

    US Patent 5,913,670.

  • 19970101

    Boyer Award for Teaching Innovation.

  • 19910101

    Young Investigator Award.

Papers in Proceedings


  • Li,Q,Z; Anderson,P,M; Mills,M; Hazzledine,P "Dislocation confinement and ultimate strength in nanoscale polycrystals." in Symposium on Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials and Nanocomposites held at the 2003 MRS Fall Meeting. (1 2004).