Materials Science & Engineering Faculty

The Materials Science & Engineering program hosts faculty from various backgrounds due to the cross-disciplinary nature of the field. As a student in the program, you will learn from experienced educators and professional researchers that are prominent in many fields including: fundamental polymer characterization methods, surface science and adhesive thin films, nano transducers and sensors, surface-engineered alloys, and more.


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Gregory Beaucage

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

492 Rhodes Hall


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Jude Iroh

Professor, CEAS - Materials Science & Engineering

489 Rhodes Hall


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Ashley E. Paz y Puente

Assistant Professor, CEAS - Materials Science & Engineering

640 Engineering Research Cntr


Assistant Professor, Materials Engineering, August 2016 - present Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
​Research Interests: physical metallurgy, phase transformations; diffusion reactions and kinetics; diffusion coatings; Kirkendall effect; metallic microtubes; intermetallics; high temperature alloys; shape memory alloys; additive manufacturing; metallic scaffolds; X-ray tomography
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Vesselin N. Shanov

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

580 Engineering Research Cntr


Short Biography.
Vesselin Shanov is a Professor with the Chemical Engineering program at the School of EEBME and the co-founder and co-director of the teaching and research facility NANOWORLD Lab at the University of Cincinnati. He has over 30 years of academic and industrial experience in research and development related to technologies and facilities for processing of advanced materials and thin films.  Dr. Shanov has been a tenured associate professor at the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria, where he also served as an advisor to over 40 graduate students. He has taught eighteen courses at the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria and eighteen courses at the University of Cincinnati. His recent research focuses on synthesis, characterization, processing, and application of nanostructured materials with emphasis on carbon nanotubes, graphene, as well as on biodegradable Mg for medical implants. Applications of his research are in the areas of electronics, aerospace, and nanomedicine. Dr. Shanov has more than 300 scientific publications, including 16 patents, 12 provisional patents, and 5 books, cited in about 3,200 different references. Currently, he collaborates with faculties from UC Colleges of Medicine, Applied Science, and Engineering, Oklahoma State University, North Carolina A&T State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Hannover Medical School-Germany. The latter 3 universities, along with UC, are involved in the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials.

Teaching Summary,
  • Taught 25 different courses (listed below) in Materials and Chemical Engineering at two universities; incorporated nanotechnology research into the engineering curricula at UC; teaches advanced topics in Chemical and Materials Engineering in the undergraduate Tech Lab Class, such as: Renewable Energy (Solar Cell, Hydrogen Fuel Cell), Nanotechnology (Carbon Nanotubes and related Nanodevices), Modern Analytical Instrumentation, Vacuum and Plasma Technologies, etc.
  • Considers undergraduate students (UG) research to be a very important tool for teaching engineering, as well as for student retention; works on an individual basis with undergraduate students in the research lab; 3 of my undergraduate students won national aerospace awards for research.
  • Believes teaching through the respected program at UC “Research Experience for Middle and High School Teachers” is a powerful outreach approach that indirectly helps recruit young adults in the field of science and engineering; involved in a 3 year NSF project as Co-PI (Prof. A. Kukreti–PI) and collaborates with Cincinnati School District teachers at UC by teaching a topic on Renewable Energy.
  • Hosts tours of Nanoworld Lab; more than 1,000 students, parents, industry professionals, faculty and Government representatives visit Nanoworld each year; the Nanoworld Lab website is one of the most frequently visited websites at UC.
  • Hosts weekly lab tours at the College for recruiting prospective students which include presentations on the latest achievements in renewable energy, nanotechnology and other science fields.
  • Hosts and teaches in Summer Institute for minority middle and high school students, since 2010.
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Donglu Shi

Professor, CEAS - Materials Science & Engineering

493 Rhodes Hall


Dr. Donglu Shi is currently the Chair and Graduate Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program and a Graduate School Fellow at the University of Cincinnati. For Dr. Shi's research programs, please visit:

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Matthew Alan Steiner

Assistant Professor, CEAS - Materials Science & Engineering

637 Rhodes Hall


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Vijay K Vasudevan

Professor, CEAS - Materials Science & Engineering

501B Engineering Research Cntr


Secondary Materials Science & Engineering Faculty

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Neil Ayres

Associate Professor, A&S Chemistry

704C Rieveschl Hall


The AyresLab website is at

Neil Ayres received his Ph. D. in chemistry from The University of Warwick in 2003 where he worked with Prof. David Haddleton.  After a post-doc with Charles McCormick at The University of Southern Mississippi he worked with William Brittain at The University of Akron studying stimuli-responsive polymer brushes.  From there he spent two years as a post-doc at The University of Utah with Prof. David Grainger before becoming an assistant professor at The University of Cincinnati in 2008.

His current research interests include using controlled radical polymerization methods for new biomaterials synthesis and blood contacting materials.
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Junhang Dong

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

680 Engineering Research Cntr


Professor of Chemical Engineering
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Yao Fu

Assistant Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

730 Rhodes Hall


Multi-scale simulation modeling of microstructural evolution in additive manufacturing process; Computationally guided innovative materials design; Environmental assisted fracture and fatigue behavior; Molecular dynamics modeling; Phase field modeling; First-principles based computation
Lab webpage: Materials and Manufacturing Design Lab (
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Chia Chi Ho

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

684 Engineering Research Cntr


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Woo Kyun Kim

Assistant Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

497 Rhodes Hall


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Yoonjee Park

Asst Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

584 Engineering Research Cntr


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Mark J Schulz

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

498B Rhodes Hall


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Jing Shi

Associate Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

620R Old Chemistry Building


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Andrew Steckl

Professor, CEAS - Elec Eng & Computer Science

839 Rhodes Hall


Nanoelectronics Laboratory
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Murali Sundaram

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

631 Rhodes Hall


Dr. Murali Sundaram is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the College of Engineering, University of Cincinnati. He has over 25 years of professional experience that includes ten years of industrial experience in precision manufacturing and three years of postdoctoral research experience in micro and nanomanufacturing. Dr. Sundaram is a recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. His research interests include Additive Manufacturing, Nano-Manufacturing, Nontraditional Machining, Micromachining, Hybrid Machining, CAD/CAM, Metrology and Process Simulation. Dr. Sundaram is advising/ has co-advised over 25 graduate students (including 6 Ph.D. students) and several undergraduate students. He has authored five book chapters and over 100 refereed publications. Dr. Sundaram serves as Associate Editor of SME's Journal of Manufacturing Processes and is an International Editorial Review Board member of the International Journal of Manufacturing, Materials and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Sundaram is a member of ASME and SME.
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Sarah June Watzman

Asst Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

646 Engineering Research Cntr


Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
August 2018 - present
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
University of Cincinnati
Google Scholar Profile
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Peng Zhang

Associate Professor of Chemistry & Materials Science, A&S Chemistry

702 Crosley Tower


Associate Professor of Chemistry & Materials Science
Research interests: Photodynamic therapy against bacteria and cancers; plasmonics; sensing; nanomaterials

Professors Emeritus

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F James Boerio

Emeritus, CEAS - Engineering Education

895A Rhodes Hall


F. James Boerio received the B.S. Degree in Physics from Case Institute of Technology and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University.  He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Materials Science in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1970 and promoted to Professor of Materials Science in 1977.  He served as Interim Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering during 1991-92 and again during 2003-04.  Dr. Boerio was appointed Head of the Department of Engineering Education on January 1, 2008 and currently serves as Interim Head of the School of Engineering Education.  His educational research interests include the effect of factors such as institutional infrastructure, active learning, and peer-level tutoring on learning in engineering.  Dr. Boerio is also interested in developing professional skills, including communication, problem-solving, and teamwork, in beginning engineers.    

            Dr. Boerio is a member of numerous technical societies, including the American Society for Engineering Education, American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and American Vacuum Society.  He served as President of The Adhesion Society from 1992-94 and currently serves as an Associate Editor of The Journal of Adhesion. 

Dr. Boerio was recognized as an outstanding teacher by the Engineering Tribunal in 1983 and as "Professor of the Year" for 2002-03.  He received the College of Engineering Research Award in 1989 and the “Dean’s Award for Educational Innovation” in 2001.  Dr. Boerio was elected a Robert L. Patrick Fellow of The Adhesion Society in 1997 and received the Adhesion Society Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science, sponsored by 3M, in 1999.

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Ronald W Millard

Emeritus Professor, COM PSP Pharmacology

5257A Medical Sciences Building


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Rodney D Roseman

Emeritus, CEAS - Engineering Education


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Dale W. Schaefer

Emeritus, CEAS - Chemical & Env Eng

606-I Old Chemistry Building