Professor Gregory B. Olson has been named as the first Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE), an appointment that further solidifies the already strong relationship held between industry and academia in the field of computational thermodynamics.This will be a homecoming for Professor Olson, who earned his B.S., M.S., and Sc.D. there in the 1970s and remained in the department as a researcher until 1988, when he left for a full professorship at Northwestern University.
This new professorship is an exciting opportunity for the application of CALPHAD tools and principles, as well as the systems design approach to materials, to be better understood by scientific and engineering communities who may not be fully aware of these concepts yet. Olson’s unique set of skills, which include being an inventor, entrepreneur, educator, engineer, musician and scientist, all contributed to him being named the first Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice, the practice being that of materials design, where one uses computational tools to design and develop new alloys and materials processes.
PhD students, post-docs and scientists working in thermodynamics and interested in learning about or expanding their skills in computational thermodynamics are invited to register for the School for Advanced Thermodynamic Assessments (SATA) arranged by CEA this summer in Presqu’ile de Giens, France. Continue reading →
CALPHAD has a long and storied history that is often overlooked in the larger context of materials science. However, with the signing of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) by President Obama in 2011, the large-scale initiatives in the EU around Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and similar efforts starting in Asia, with Japan and China in the lead, CALPHAD has been getting more recognition within the Materials Genome community.
This was highlighted in a fascinating presentation given by Dr. Qing Chen of Thermo-Calc Software at the IFAM 2016 conference in Nanjing, China, this September. The presentation discussed the history of CALPHAD and underscored its importance in the larger context of computational materials engineering.
Dr. Qing Chen of Thermo-Calc Software giving a presentation on the history of CALPHAD at IFAM 2016 in Nanjing, China.