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Daehn, Glenn


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 ExcellenceInternational Impulse Forming Group, and NSF's Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing, Moving from Evolution to Revolution (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

2021                   Ranked among top 2% of scientists worldwide by Elsevier 

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 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 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. He is the PI of NSF's Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing, Moving from Evolution to Revolution (HAMMER), whose purpose is to advance national goals to assert American leadership in advanced manufacturing by developing and transitioning new manufacturing technologies to industry use, driving new technical education and credentialing that will prepare, upskill, or reskill the workforce, and expand capabilities across the manufacturing supply chain to meet national needs.

Dr. Daehn is the chief scientific officer for HAMICo, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity that aligns interests of industry, academics, federal agencies and other community stakeholders on projects, incubates intellectual property and standards, develops minimum viable products and produces prototypes.


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).