By Amanda Olavarria
Effective immediately MSE Associate Professor and Castleman Professor in Engineering Innovation Rainer Hebert will serve as the new Associate Director of the Institute for Materials Science (IMS). IMS Director Professor Steven S. Suib praised Dr. Hebert for “his dedication to IMS, his excellent scholarship, and outstanding research program.” Dr. Hebert looks forward to his new role and hopes “to contribute to further strengthen the collaboration between IMS researchers and the research activities of IMS.”
Dr. Rainer Hebert has garnered a range of accomplishments in academia throughout the years. After completing his education at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany in 1997 with a Diploma 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 and is currently serving 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.