MSE Welcomes New Faculty Member

Published on Thursday February 22, 2007

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Mitra L. Taheri as the Hoeganeas Assistant Professor of Metallurgy in the 2008 academic year.

Currently, Dr. Taheri is a Postdoctoral Fellow with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Chemistry, Materials, and Life Sciences Division. She also works as a Guest Scientist in the National Center for Electron Microscopy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Dr. Taheri earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2005. Prior to joining Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, she worked at the Naval Research Laboratory, where she was chosen as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. Her professional memberships include the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, the American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Metals (ASM), the Minerals Metals and Materials Society (TMS) and the Materials Research Society (MRS), of which she served as the Carnegie Mellon University chapter founder and president.

Dr. Taheri’s research interests range from the development of the ultrafast Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (DTEM) for the study of laser-induced microstructural evolution/phase transformations in nanostructured materials such as Al Alloys, GaN nanowires and Silicon nanowires, to the use of various in-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy techniques. Specific applications of these techniques include: In-situ TEM annealing and laser-induced transformations using the DTEM, where the primary focus of research is the laser-assisted nucleation, growth and microstructural analysis of nanostructures, and structural transformations in metals, such as grain boundary faceting-defaceting transitions; In-situ TEM-based deformation and nanoindentation of nanostructured metallic and ceramic materials; and In-Situ TEM-based electrical biasing of conducting materials, including nanowires and nanotubes. Dr. Taheri’s groundbreaking research has been published in Science, Journal of Applied Physics, and several other reputable peer-reviewed journals.

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