Department Welcomes Visiting Faculty Member Brent L. Adams

Published on Monday June 28, 2004

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is pleased to welcome Dr. Brent L. Adams as a Visiting Faculty Member for the academic year 2004-2005. Dr. Adams is on sabbatical leave from Brigham Young University, where he is currently Warren and Wilson Dusenberry Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is extremely well known to the mechanics and materials science community and is co-inventor, with his students, of the automated electron backscatter diffraction method, now commonly called orientation imaging microscopy (OIM), which is now used routinely in more than 400 laboratories around the world in the study of polycrystalline materials.

Prof. Brent L. Adams received his B.S. in Physics from the University of Utah in 1974, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1976 and 1979 respectively. He was Senior Research Engineer for Babcock and Wilcox Company 1976-79 and a member of the National Clad and Duct Committee at Westinghouse Hanford 1979-80. Since beginning his academic career in 1980 he has held appointments at the University of Florida, Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, Universite de Paris (Nord), in addition to his current position at Brigham Young University. Professor Adams has published more than 150 papers and five edited proceedings on measurement and quantitative representation of microstructure and properties of polycrystalline materials, microstructure-properties relationships, and grain boundaries. He was twice the recipient of the Champion Mathewson Medal of The Metallurgical Society of AIME (1995, 97), twice the recipient of the Henry Marion Howe Medal of ASM International (1987, 94), and he was recipient of the Cosslett Award of the Microbeam Society in 1994. He was named Fellow of ASM International in 2004.

During his sabbatical, Dr. Adams will be working closely with Dr. Surya Kalidindi's group and he and Dr. Kalidindi are planning to co-author a book.