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Recent Group Alumni

Jason R. Johnson

Education/Experience: B.S. Michigan State University, Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (2014)

Dissertation Title:  Developing the Axisymmetric Expanding Ring: A High Strain-Rate Materials Characterization Test

Currently working at Orton Ceramic Foundation


Connor E. Slone

Education: B.S. The Ohio State University

- Currently graduate student at CEMAS



Shawn Wang

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University (2014)

Experience: Started working with the research group November 2011. Skills in areas including 3D printing, solidworks modeling, CNC machining, G-Code, laser impact welding, varestraint fabrication and programming, PLC programming, metallograpy

- Currently working at Autoliv-Nissin


Beth A. Yoak

Education: B.S./M.S. The Ohio State University Minors: Professional Writing, Business

Research/Teaching: High Velocity RivTac for Joining Dissimilar Metals.

Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors

Previous Work Experience:  Owens Corning, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems

Currently working at TimkenSteel


Katrina Boos

Katrina Boos

Education/Experience: B.S. in Material Science and Engineering at The Ohio 

State University, Wright Scholar Student Researcher at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, NAVAIR Intern at NAS Jacksonville, ASM Eisenman Camp 

graduate (2010) and volunteer (3 yrs), Fundamentals of Engineering Honors participant

Expertise: Testing and Evaluations of Vaporizing Foil Actuators (esp. microstructural and mechanical properties)


John D. DeFouw

Education/Experience: Ph.D. Northwestern University, B.S. Purdue University

2011-Present Postdoctoral Researcher, The Ohio State University

2009-2011 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

2007-2008 Postdoctoral Researcher, Northwestern University

Expertise: Novel melt-based and reactive processing of castings, metal matrix composites, ceramic matrix composites, and metallic foams. In situ x-ray diffraction of processes. Reaction kinetics. High temperature mechanical behavior. Magnesium, boron, aluminum, nickel superalloy, NiTi, bulk-metallic-glass

- Currently working at Honda


Scott Wright      

Education: B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University (2016)

Expertise: Design and testing of impact welding morphologies for 5xxx-7xxx series Aluminum alloys using the vaporizing foil actuator welding method.

Tasked with: Design of Experiments, Metallography, Technical Reports, Water Jetting, Mechanical Testing: Lap Shear, Coach Peel, and Cross Tension Testing. Proficient with many different forms of fabrication of materials

- Currently working at NobelClad

Ryan C. Brune

Education: B.S./M.E. at Ohio Northern University, 2011;Ph.D from The Ohio State University. 

Expertise: Impulse-based Sheet Forming Technologies

Dissertation Title:  Effect of geometrical parameters on pressure distributions of impulse manufacturing technologies

- Currently working at Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME)

Bert Liu

Education: Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, UCLA, 2010; FTTA.

Expertise: Vaporizing-foil collision welding of Ti-Fe

Dissertation Title: Joining dissimilar structural alloys by vaporizing foil actuator welding : process conditions, microstructure, corrosion, and strength

- Currently working at the Air Force Institute of Technology

Clair Bechie

Education: Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate student at The Ohio State University, Class of 2018 

Experience: Co-op in HRA's Advanced Materials Research Division; Skills include Solidworks, Metallurgy, Microscopy, Fatigue Testing, Corrosion Analysis, Material Joining, Tensile Testing, and Machinery

Seeking full-time employment in automotive or aviation industry.