March 31, 2020

Colleen Reynolds, a 2nd-year Ph.D. student co-advised by Profs. Tresa Pollock and Anton Van Der Ven, has recently been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The award provides 3 years of stipend and tuition funding. Out of 12,000 applications for the 2019 award cycle, only 2000 awards were granted. Congratulations Colleen!

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August 02, 2017

Dr. Jean Charles Stinville and Dr. McLean Echlin have received the 2018 Hetényi Award, from the Society for Experimental Mechanics, for their paper, “Sub-Grain Scale Digital Image Correlation by Electron Microscopy for Polycrystalline Materials during Elastic and Plastic Deformation".

August 02, 2016

On August 2, Prof. Tresa Pollock visited the White House for the fifth anniversary of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) to participate in presentations and panel discussions about the accomplishments and opportunities of the program.

June 13, 2016

Marissa Lafata, a Ph.D. student in the Pollock Research Group at UCSB, recently received the International Symposium on Superalloys Scholarship from TMS. 

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June 09, 2016

Aiming to develop high-performance materials for use in extreme environments — one of her primary research interests — UC Santa Barbara materials professor Tresa Pollock and her team are collaborating with GE and others to push the effort forward. Their work, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is the subject of a new video produced for the NSF series “Science Nation.”

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May 25, 2016

Tom Nizolek, a Materials Ph.D. student, was awarded the Agnew National Security Fellowship and will be be joining the Materials in Dynamic and Radiation Extremes Group (MST-8) at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL).

March 28, 2016

Jaclyn Avallone, a Materials Ph.D. student, received a Gold Certificate in the Young Scientist Competition at the Ultrafine Grained Materials (UFG) IX Symposium at the 2016 TMS Conference.

January 21, 2016

Professor Tresa Pollock was recently appointed new principal editor of the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions (Met Trans) family of journals.

December 16, 2015

UCSB engineers receive their sixth DMREF grant from the National Science Foundation to research and develop advanced materials.

Better, more efficient batteries and photovoltaics. High-performance materials that withstand extreme temperatures and conditions. High-tech devices that require only minimal amounts of energy. There seems to be no limit to the technology we can imagine to solve global problems, improve life in developing countries or enhance our day-to-day activities.

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May 20, 2010

Scientists believe that the chemical magnesium holds great promise for the future. Over the past few years, as people have begun waking up and realizing that they are harming the planet, much more emphasis has been placed on discovering alternative energy sources and materials. There are many goals in this effort, including reducing emissions from cars and industrial process, or lowering pollution levels associated with various industrial processes. Gas can also be saved by reducing the weight of a vehicle, and magnesium could theoretically help in all of these fields, LiveScience reports.

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