Christopher A. Schuh, the Danae and Vasilios Salapatas Professor of Metallurgy and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, has been appointed the new head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE). He succeeds Carl Thompson, who has been the interim department head since July. Schuh’s appointment will begin Oct. 12.
Schuh earned his BS in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his PhD in 2001 from Northwestern University — both in materials science and engineering. His current research focuses on experiments, analytical theory and computer simulations that explore the processing-structure-property relationships in structural metals. His group is particularly interested in the role of structural disorder and its effect on mechanical properties. Schuh’s research covers many length scales, from long-range disorder in grain boundary networks, to the nanoscale disorder in amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys.
In a letter to the DMSE community, School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz expressed his confidence that Schuh will be “an excellent leader for DMSE,” and looked forward to the “energy and new ideas that Chris will bring” to the role.
DMSE has a research budget of approximately $40 million annually, from government grants, industry and other Institute partnerships, for use on hundreds of projects involving its 34 faculty members. Both its graduate and undergraduate programs were ranked first in the nation in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings.