I like microstructures of crystalline materials. I have worked on the formation and characterization of microstructures, including phase transformations, defect characterization and modeling defect interaction. The objects of study included structural materials (austenitic steel) and functional materials; metals, ceramics, intermetallics, and semiconductors; materials in bulk form and thin films. I was mainly concerned with mechanical properties, more recently also with magnetic properties. While perambulating through a variety of topics (plasticity of steels, ferroelasticity of ceramics, microstructure and phase transformation of metallic thin films, magnetoplasticity of magnetic shape-memory alloys), I always liked to ponder the formation of crystallographic twins, their formation, and their description in the language of dislocations and disclinations. The magneto-mechanics of magnetic shape-memory alloys is the field of my primary interest nowadays.
Since about 2010, I became also interested in transferring magnetic shape memory technology to the market. In 2015, I started Shaw Mountain Technology LLC, which produces MSM-based devices.
Professional Preparation (Formal Education)
|Degree||Year and Place|
|Diploma (M.S.):||1991, ETH Zürich, Materials Engineering|
|Dr. sc. techn. (Ph.D.):||1994, ETH Zürich, Materials Engineering|
Appointments (Professional Employment)
|2013 – 2016||Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering|
|2012 – Present||Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering|
|2011 – Present||Foundational Studies Program Faculty, Boise State University, Boise, ID|
|7/’09 – Present||Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID|
|12/’06 – 2011||Director of the Boise State Center for Materials Characterization, Boise, ID|
|7/’04 – 6/’09||Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID|
|1998-2004||Senior Researcher, ETH Zürich, Inst. of Appl. Phys., Zürich, Switzerland, with Dr. G. Kostorz|
|1996-1998||Research Associate, Max-Planck-Inst. für Metallforsch., Stuttgart, Germany, with Dr. E. Arzt|
|1995||Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, with Dr. W. M. Kriven|