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Dr. Carl J. Boehlert

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Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Dayton, 1997


Carl Boehlert received his B.S. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Cornell University.  Boehlert earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Dayton, where he studied the physical metallurgy of advanced titanium alloys and their composites.  While he was working on his Ph.D., he was employed as a contractor for UES, Inc. at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Air Force Research Laboratory.  There he worked on several projects within the Metal Matrix Composite Team.  After leaving Dayton, Boehlert worked for two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Johns Hopkins University.  There he worked on the physical metallurgy of TiAl intermetallic alloys.  Boehlert then joined Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a postdoctoral research associate within the Nuclear Materials Technology Division, where he worked on the physical metallurgy of plutonium and cerium alloys.  In September of 2001, Boehlert joined the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University as an assistant professor.  

Boehlert then joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University as an assistant professor in 2005.  He was promoted to associate professor in 2007 and then to full professor in 2015.  He served as a Visiting Professor at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan from January to February of 2014 and spent a sabbatical at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies-Materials (IMDEA Materials Institute) from July 2010 through August 2011.  He is a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and a Department of Energy (DOE) Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE).  He was a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and as a part of this award, he spent a sabbatical period from September 2019 through August 2020 teaching and performing research at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain.  Boehlert has been an active member of ASM International and TMS since 1992 and has served as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) since 2004.

His research interests include materials engineering; materials sciences; metallurgy; electron backscatter diffraction; intermetallics electron microscopy; metal matrix composites; titanium alloys and composites; mechanical behavior. His research group is concentrating on understanding the deformation behavior of hexagonal close-packed metals, in particular, titanium and magnesium alloys, under extreme environments.

Details on his awards and achievements can be found on MSU SCHOLARS page.

To know more about Dr. Boehlert, read his interviews with IMDEA and Faith Magazine.

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