Published on Monday December 3, 2012
Dr. Garritt Tucker will join the department in September 2013 as Assistant Professor.
Currently a postdoctoral research appointee in the Computational Materials Science and Engineering department at Sandia National Laboratories, Dr. Tucker is employing large-scale computer simulations to explore microstructure evolution, nanoscale plasticity, and fundamental properties of nanocrystalline materials for advanced functionality. While receiving a Ph.D. in 2011 in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Tucker was an MSE department fellow where he studied with Professor David L. McDowell in the Mechanics of Materials research group. He received a B.S. in both Physics and Mathematics (cum laude and academic all-american) from Westminster College in 2004. His work has utilized massively-parallel algorithms on high-performance computer platforms and has been highlighted at premier international conferences and nominated for a Sigma Xi award.
Dr. Tucker's research group at Drexel University will use innovative computational techniques, including multi-scale simulations to investigate nanomaterial structure and evolution in extreme environments, including defect nucleation and interactions with interfaces. His work will specifically focus on bridging the gap between simulation and experiment to study novel mechanisms fundamental to improving material multifunction for both structural and energetic applications.