Thomas Bieler


Thomas Bieler

Professor, Associate Chair, ChEMS


Professor Thomas R. Bieler earned a B.A. in Applied Mechanics at University of California at San Diego in 1978 and a M.S. in Ceramic Engineering at University of Washington (Seattle) in 1980.  He worked at Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore for five years on high rate deformation.  He completed his Ph.D. in Materials Science (with a minor in continuum mechanics) at University of California at Davis in 1989 and has been at Michigan State University thereafter.  His research focuses on characterization of mesoscale deformation mechanisms and plasticity modeling in titanium-based alloys, tin in the context of lead-free solder joints, and high purity niobium used in superconducting particle accelerator cavities. With colleagues, he has published over 340 papers, with more than 7700 citations and an h-index (ISI) of 45. He is active in ABET Engineering Accreditation, and he is an organizer or co-organizer of many recent symposia involving heterogeneous deformation related to grain or phase boundaries, and a fellow of TMS.

Research Area
2021, 2019- Outstanding Reviewer Award from Acta Materialia
2019 - Elected Fellow of TMS (The Minterals, Metals and Materials Society)
2015 - ASM Henry Marion Howe Medal for 2014 paper in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, “In Situ Characterization of Twin Nucleation in Pure Ti Using 3D-XRD”
2015 - John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Teaching Award Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department in the College of Engineering at MSU
2013 - TMS MPMD (Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division) Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award and Distinguished Service Award (two awards)
2009, 1997, 1988 - Best paper awards
Ph.D, Materials Science, University of California, Davis 1989
M.S., Ceramic Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle 1980
B.A., Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science, University of California, San Diego, 1978
In-situ High Energy X-Ray Diffraction (HE-XRD) Characterization of SAC105 and SAC305 Solder Joints in Chip Array Ball Grid Array (CABGA) Packages through Solidification, Cooling, and Interrupted Thermal Cycling, Quan Zhou, Tae-Kyu Lee, Thomas R. Bieler, Materials Science & Engineering A 802 (2021), 140584, doi:10.1016/j.msea.2020.140584.
A criterion for slip transfer at grain boundaries in Al, R. Alizadeh, M. Peña-Ortega, T. R. Bieler, J. LLorca, Scripta Materialia 178 (2020) 408–412, doi:10.1016/j.scriptamat.2019.12.010.
Direct observation of dislocation structure evolution in SRF cavity niobium using electron channeling contrast imaging, Mingmin Wang, Di Kang, Thomas R Bieler, Journal of Applied Physics 124 (15), 155105 (2018), doi:10.1063/1.5050032.
Transient Porous Nickel Interlayers for Improved Silver-Based Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Brazes, Quan Zhou, Thomas R. Bieler, and Jason D. Nicholas, Acta Materialia 148, 156-162, (2018), doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2018.01.061.
Grain boundaries and interfaces in slip transfer, T.R. Bieler, P. Eisenlohr, C. Zhang, H. Phukan, M.A. Crimp, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, 18(4), 212–226 (2014), doi:10.1016/j.cossms.2014.05.003.