Greg Olson Returns to MIT as the First Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice

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Professor Gregory B. Olson, who has been selected as the first Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice at MIT.

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.

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Thermo-Calc Invited to Participate in European Materials Modelling Council


Thermo-Calc Software have been invited to take part in the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC) International Workshop 2019 this February in Vienna, Austria. The invitation-only workshop will bring together approximately 150 experts in materials modelling to discuss the progress in the industrial deployment of materials modelling software and, according to the EMMC website, “contribute in setting a common direction among stakeholders in all areas of Materials Modelling.” Continue reading

Importance of CALPHAD Highlighted in Presentation

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.

Qing Chen giving a presentation on the history of CALPHAD

Dr. Qing Chen of Thermo-Calc Software giving a presentation on the history of CALPHAD at IFAM 2016 in Nanjing, China.

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