By Amanda Olavarria
Starting this fall, Lesley Frame will join the MSE Department as an assistant professor.
Lesley developed her extensive knowledge of materials science through her invaluable research, industry, and teaching experiences. Her most recent positions include Associate Professor of Technology Management at the University of Bridgeport and Director of Product Development at Thermatool Corporation, an Inductotherm Group company in East Haven, CT.
She earned her S.B. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Materials Science Engineering. Frame then completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in MSE at the University of Arizona. After receiving her Ph.D. she remained at the University of Arizona as a postdoctoral researcher with The Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy, and in this position, she worked on the novel design and construction of a solar-thermal desalination unit for use by the Navajo Nation to generate potable water for livestock. In 2011, Frame conducted research at Cardiff University and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory as a Fulbright Scholar, where she focused on mechanisms of residual stress relaxation in plastically deformed copper alloys using accelerated corrosion testing, traditional metallography, x-ray diffraction, and neutron diffraction methods.
Her impressive background includes participation in organizations such as ASM International, the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), and the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST). Additionally, Frame has won several awards for her work including the ASM International Bronze Medal Award (2017), ASTM Award of Achievement (2017), and Thermatool’s President’s Award (2015). With Frame’s strong ties to the steel and heat treat industries, as well as her extensive research experiences and passion for materials science and engineering, she will certainly be an excellent addition to the MSE Department.