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. He earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S. from Northwestern University in materials science and engineering.
Professor Daehn’s research, education and service efforts are all broadly related to the interwoven themes of Midwestern manufacturing revival, through technology development, education, and integration of the University mission. His research is focused on novel materials processing with a particular focus on plastic deformation and impulse-based processes. He has been active in the professional development of K-12 teachers through the ASM Materials Education Foundation and its Materials Camps programs. Daehn has also been instrumental in founding several technical outreach organizations including the Ohio Manufacturing Institute, the LIFT Manufacturing USA Institute, Ohio State’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, International Impulse Forming Group and HAMMER.
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 Named one of the 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing
2020 Technology Commercialization Award, Ohio Faculty’s Council
2021 Major Gen. Marcelite Harris Trailblazer Award of Logistics Officer Association, recognizing Metamorphic Manufacturing
2022 ASM Gold Medal Award
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 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 led the Agile Manufacturing and Low Cost Tooling pillar in the first five years of the program.
He also plays central roles in Ohio State’s manufacturing initiatives including being part of the team that initiated the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence and led the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme Initiative, which invested in faculty and facilities around manufacturing and materials.
Daehn served on the Executive Committee of MForesight, a manufacturing think-and-do tank over the duration of that award from NSF and NIST.
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's research is focused on novel materials processing with a particular focus on plastic deformation and impulse-based processes.
He 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. An up-to-date publication list can be found on Google Scholar.
Glenn Daehn discussed the future of U.S. manufacturing, robotics and automation in an episode of Dean Ayanna Howard's Enginuity Podcast (January 10, 2023).