Glenn S. Daehn is the Mars G. Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at The Ohio State University where he has been a professor since 1988.

Glenn Daehn’s research, education and service efforts are all broadly related to the interwoven themes of Midwestern manufacturing revival, which in turn depends on technology development, integration of the University mission with regional industry and the development of a world-class workforce that is smart, creative and capable of making things. Professor Daehn’s specific projects, related to this broad agenda, are represented below.


1990                   ASM Marcus A. Grossman Young Author Award

1992                   Army Research Office Young Investigator Award

1992                   Robert Lansing Hardy Gold Medal of TMS

1992                   Lumley Research Award of Ohio State University College of Engineering

1992                   National Young Investigator

1994                   Best paper, Ceramic Engineering and Science

2000                   Lumley Research Award of Ohio State University College of Engineering

2004                   Lumley Research Award of Ohio State University College of Engineering

2007                   ASM Jacquet-Lucas Award for Excellence in Metallography

2009                   Innovators Award of Ohio State College of Engineering

2017                   Honda-Ohio State Partnership Award. Ohio State College of Eng.            

2018                   Engineering Dean's Award for Distinguished Outreach Achievements

2019                   Charles S. Barrett Silver Medal, Colorado School of Mines

2020                   Technology Commercialization Award, Ohio Faculty’s Council


Teaching and Professional Development

Glenn is passionate about connecting kids in the K-12 pipeline to careers in the STEM fields (at all levels, not just professional engineers).

Since 2007, he has been very involved in the ASM Materials Camp for Teachers program and has been a trustee on the ASM Education Foundation Board since 2010. 

Since 2012, he has been involved in the professional development of practicing high school science teachers through the Math Science Partnership Program. Some of the concepts that are being delivered to teachers can be found at this teacher’s professional development site


Glenn has been involved in a range of activities that encourage deep interaction between academia and industry.  

He was the founder and is the current Director of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute.  

He is part of Ohio State's leadership team for the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow Institute, founded by EWI, University of Michigan and Ohio State. He leads the Agile Manufacturing and Low Cost Tooling pillar.  

He also plays central roles in Ohio State’s manufacturing initiatives including the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence and the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme Initiative

Daehn is on the Executive Committee of MForesight, a manufacturing think-and-do-tank. 


Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering

Stanford University, 1988 (defended 1987)

M.S., Materials Science & Engineering

Stanford University, 1985

B.S. (departmental honors), Materials Science & Engineering

Northwestern University, 1983



Professor Daehn is particularly interested in unconventional processing routes for high strength-lightweight materials and assemblies and has been involved in impulse manufacturing for 30 years. This technology allows new ways of shaping, cutting, joining, and processing materials. A detailed account, including movies and publications placed in context can be found at the Impulse Manufacturing Lab Website.  An up-to-date publication list can be found on Google Scholar

Glenn Daehn was recognized as one of the 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing. ( ׀ May 13, 2020)

He was ranked in the top 2% of scientists worldwide by Elsevier in 2021.