Thursday, May 7, 2015

Diversity Faculty Highlight: Dr. R. Edwin Garcia, Associate Professor of Materials Engineering

I am interested in the application of theoretical and computational materials science to understand the relations between material properties and microstructure.

R. Edwin GarcĂ­a


Associate Professor of Materials Engineering
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Education

  • B.S., 1996, National University of Mexico, Physics
  • M.S., 2000, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Materials Science and Engineering
  • PhD., 2003, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics.

Research Interests

Materials are selected to meet the requirements of specific technological applications. Their response depends on the underlying thermodynamic and kinetic properties as well as the inherent microstructural features. In particular, microstructure depends on the applied processing techniques and starting materials, and in many cases macroscopic properties are linked to microstructure. Thus, understanding the effect of microstructure on the time evolution, response, and reliability of material properties is important. I am interested in the application of theoretical and computational materials science to understand the relations between material properties and microstructure. My research places special emphasis on establishing analytical descriptions of complex processes and on the development of numerical algorithms and codes when microstructural simulation is required. I am also interested in developing the means to optimize materials through fundamental understanding and graphical representation of the relations between processing, structure, and properties.

Classes

  • MSE 230 Structure and Properties of Materials
  • MSE 350 Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MSE 597G Modeling and Simulation of Materials
  • MSE 597I Introduction to Computational Materials
  • MSE 597N Physical Properties of Crystals


*Originally Posted January 21st, 2015*

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