"ARO Synthesis and Processing of Materials: Transforming the Army with Materials Science Fiction"

Suveen Mathaudhu, US Army Research Office

Science fiction has always predicted materials which appear to be far beyond the possibilities of what was available at that time. In this lecture, examples of "materials science" fiction from comic books, movies and literature will be presented along with Army Research Offices supported science and technology which demonstrates that the materials are becoming a reality. Specific focus will be on basic research efforts aimed at understanding the processing-microstructure-properties which exist in these advanced materials.

Suveen N. Mathaudhu is a Program Manager with the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), Materials Science Division. Dr. Mathaudhu also concurrently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Mathaudhu received his B.S.E. from Walla Walla College and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Upon graduating in 2006, he accepted a post-doctoral fellowship, and subsequently a civil servant position at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory with the purpose of establishing deformation-processing laboratories for research on advanced metallic and composite materials. Since joining ARO in 2010, he manages programs which focus on the use of innovative approaches for processing high performance structural materials reliably and at lower costs.

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