Published on Tuesday May 7, 2013
Alumnus Stephen Niezgoda (Ph.D. 2010, advisor: Surya Kalidindi) has accepted a joint appointment as assistant professor in both the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Ohio State University (OSU) beginning in August 2013.
At OSU, Stephen’s research will focus on developing programs in crystal plasticity and other micromechanics modeling, stochastic approaches to multiscale modeling, computational material design tools, and materials data sciences.
Stephen is currently a post-doctoral researcher with the Materials in Dynamic and Radiation Extremes group within the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He works with Don Brown at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), where he focuses on the computational and experimental challenges of 3D High Energy X-ray Diffraction Microscopy (HEDM) (evolution of nuclear fuel assemblies during simulated reactor conditions). Stephen previously worked with Carlos Tome on developing the new technique of cross-correlation EBSD, as well as crystal plasticity models for hexagonal and low symmetry materials.
Prior to joining Los Alamos, Stephen completed his dissertation work in the Mechanics of Microstructures Group on the statistical analysis of microstructure data and microscopy image processing techniques. Upon graduation, Stephen was selected as the graduating doctoral student deemed to have the "Most Promise to Enhance Drexel's Reputation" in the Mathematical Sciences and Engineering category. He was the recipient of NSF GRFP, DoD NDSEG (declined), and NSF IGERT fellowships.