Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

Advanced Metallurgical Design for Transportation, Infrastructure, and Energy (TIE)

The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines hosted an NSF REU site program dedicated to physical metallurgy research from 2011-2013, an area that continues to be fundamental to critical national needs in transportation, infrastructure, and energy (TIE). It is important for the US to prepare competent scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable in these areas in order to help fulfill the large numbers of high level research and leadership positions that will be available in the TIE industries. Specifically, our REU program focused on processing-structure-property relationships of ferrous alloys, non-ferrous alloys, modern welding and joining technologies, and solidification. The Materials Reliability Division at NIST-Boulder also collaborated on projects and offered both their vast research facilities and mentorship to the students.

The REU students also participated in 4 half-day workshops that introduced physical metallurgy concepts and tools such as advanced characterization equipment, mechanical testing, foundry, welding, and forging and forming technologies. We also toured local materials engineering industry and government facilities.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under Grant No. DMR-1062797.