By Allison McLellan
The Materials Science and Engineering Department has the honor of two outstanding faculty members being recognized for their incredible contributions to the field. The UConn School of Engineering has named Dr. Bryan Huey a United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professor and Dr. Rainer Hebert a Castleman Professor in Engineering Innovation.
At UConn, Dr. Bryan Huey has proven his excellence as an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Advanced SPM from his nmLabs focuses on high speed SPM, multiferroics, inorganic as well as molecular perovskite solar cells, and nano-bio-mechanics, with notable papers over the past 2 years in journals such as Nature, Nanoletters, Applied Physics Letters, and many more. Prior service includes his position as chair of the Basic Science Division of the American Ceramic Society, a co-organizer of the EMA conference, and a co-organizer for the 2017 US-Japan dielectrics meeting. Dr. Huey’s teaching is regularly recognized by superb student evaluations. His most recent classes include studies of materials characterization, nanomaterials, and a unique course on Nanoscience and Society aimed at improving engineering recruitment and retention.
Dr. Rainer Hebert has also garnered a range of accomplishments in academia throughout the years. After completing his education at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany in 1997 with a Diplom in Physics, Dr. Hebert switched fields to materials science and engineering, graduating with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. He joined UConn in 2006, currently serving as Director of Undergraduate studies, as well as Director of the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center in partnership with Pratt & Whitney. In this role, he leads additive manufacturing projects that focus on basic material science aspects of metal additive manufacturing, while also managing the expansion of the Center. Following years of research on metallic glasses and driven amorphization of metallic multilayers, Dr. Hebert’s research interests now focus on the melting and fusion behavior of powder beds interacting with laser beams and the phase selection during the solidification stages of additive manufacturing.
Both professorships extend for a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2016. The Department lends congratulations to Dr. Hebert and Dr. Huey for these distinctions of excellence!