Erik Sease

eseas001@ucr.edu

FAVE SUPERHERO: Caped Baldy
DEGREE TYPE: PhD
PROGRAM: Materials Science and Engineering
YEAR IN PROGRAM: 3rd year
PROGRAM START DATE: September 2017

RESEARCH FOCUS:

Bottom-up nanostructuring of soft face centered cubic metals by severe plastic deformation and spark plasma sintering

DESCRIPTION OF RESEARCH:

Current project involves production of high strength nanostructured dilute silver alloys for high strain rate/structural/electronics applications. Bottom-up and top down approaches are used to produce high strength material through mechanical alloying, spark plasma sintering and high pressure torsion.

CURRENT GROUPS:

Mathaudhu Research Group

OTHER GROUPS/ORGS/CLUBS:

Materials Advantage

AWARDS:

  • MPIF/PowderMet Student Presentation Grant 2019

PRESENTATION TITLES:

(T for talk, P for Poster)

Bottom-Up Approaches for Fabrication of Ultrafine Grained High-Strength Silver Alloys, PowderMet/MPIF 2019 (P)

CONFERENCES ATTENDED:  (A)/Presented at (T for talk, P for poster)

  • TMS 2018 (A)
  • PowderMet/AMPM 2019 (P)
  • TMS 2020 (P), in preparation

PAPERS:

(P for published, I for in review, D for draft)

Bottom-Up Approaches for Fabrication of Ultrafine Grained High-Strength Silver Alloys (D)

REASONS FOR GRAD SCHOOL:

An undergraduate degree lets you use the existing database of knowledge to increase your own knowledge, but a graduate degree allows you to help add to that database and increase what we as a collective know, and leaves a lasting impression.

UNDERGRAD SCHOOL:

Colorado School of Mines, 2015

UNDERGRAD PROGRAM:

Metallurgical & Materials Engineering

UNDERGRAD RESEARCH:

  • Pilot plant synthesis of potassium tetrachloride
  • Aluminum microlattices for impact absorbent sportswear produced by 3D printing and spincasting

INTERNSHIPS:

Hazen Research Inc., 2014

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Innovation Exploration Resources LLC (2012-2013)
  • Hazen Research Inc (2014)
  • ¬†Traditional Log Cabin Construction Contracting (2015-2016)

AWARDS:

  • MPIF Student Presentation Grant 2019

PREVIOUS GROUPS:

PRESENTATIONS/CONFERENCES ATTENDED:

  • TMS 2018
  • PowderMet/AMPM 2019

REASONS FOR ENGINEERING:

The process of taking things apart to see how they work, putting them back together to make them work more efficiently, and then using the knowledge gained from the process and applying it to create something new is appealing to me at a very fundamental level.

CAREER ASPIRATIONS:

R&D, international work, research, national labs