Department has new associate
John R. Hellmann, associate professorof materials science and engineering, has been appointed associate head for undergraduate studies in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He will be responsible for the curriculum, accreditation, recruiting and retention, and outreach activities of the department.
After earning his bachelor and doctoral degrees in ceramic science at Penn State, Hellmann spent five years as a member of the technical staff in the Ceramics and High Temperature Chemistry Division at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. In 1986, he returned to Penn State as assistant professor of ceramic science and engineering.
From 1986 to 1995, Hellmann was associate director of the Center for Advanced Materials, an industrially and federally funded research center concerned with the development of thermostructural materials for industrial energy systems and aerospace applications. He has served as chairman of the Ceramic Science and Engineering Program since 1998.
A Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Hellmann also has served as president of the Ceramic Educational Council, executive member of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society and recently was named a distinguished mentor by the society for his role in advising and nurturing students and young professionals in the field of materials science and engineering.
Hellmann's research interests concern the mechanical reliability and thermochemical durability of ceramics, metals and intermetallic materials in severe thermal environments. He has published more than 80 papers and supervised the research of more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students.
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