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Congratulations to Jakub Toman for a Successful PhD. Defense!

On December 20th, 2021, the Chmielus Lab AM3 congratulated their third PhD student to successfully complete their work at the University of Pittsburgh. Jakub’s defense is titled Epitaxial re-solidification of Magnetic Shape-Memory Alloy Single Crystals under a Laser Heat Source in Direct Laser Deposition. We congratulate Jakub for his hard work and wish him the […]

Congratulations to Katerina Kimes on a successful Masters’ Thesis defense!

On March 31st, 2021, the Chmielus Lab AM3 congratulated their second Masters student to successfully complete their work at the University of Pittsburgh. Katerina’s thesis is titled Methods for Increasing Density of Binder Jet 3D Printed Tungsten Carbide-Cobalt. We congratulate Katerina for her hard work and wish her the best of luck with his future […]

Congratulations to Erica Stevens for a Successful PhD. Defense!

Home Research Publications Peer-reviewed journals Undergraduate research Others Our Group Gallery Blog Congratulations to Erica Stevens for a successful PhD. defense! On October 6th, 2020, the Chmielus Lab AM³ congratulated their second PhD. student to successfully complete their work at the University of Pittsburgh! Erica Stevens, a member of the AM³ lab since 2015, completed […]

MEMS Senior Design Symposium

MEMS SENIOR DESIGN SYMPOSIUM 2019 On December 5th, 2019, two senior design groups that worked with the Chmielus Lab presented their work at the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Senior Design Symposium. The magnetocaloric testing stand group was chosen as one of the 8 teams to give an oral presentation at the symposium, and the […]

MDS-Rely Planning Meeting

MDS-RELY CONFERENCE MDS-Rely is a proposed Center to leverage the data and materials science knowledge of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Pittsburgh to benefit the companies that are a part of the Center. More information can be found at mds-rely.org. A planning meeting was held September 11-12 at Case Western in Cleveland, […]

TMS 2019 in San Antonio, TX

From March 11-14th, Chmielus AM3 Lab members participated in the TMS conference in San Antonio, TX. We met up with Daniel Salazar, a collaborator from BCMaterials in Bilbao, Spain, and gave several presentations!

Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania Awards

On February 7th, two Chmielus Group undergraduates were honored at the Annual Engineering Awards Banuquet of the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP). Both Rafael Rodriguez and Kaylene Stocking were finalists for the George Washington Prize, recognizing outstanding leadership, scholarship, and performance. Congratulations to both Rafael and Kaylene! Learn more: SSOE Engineering News Video from […]

Kaylene Stocking Awarded Emma W. Locke Award

SSOE News PittWire   Undergraduate Senior Kaylene Stocking is working with the Chmielus Lab on the electrical systems component of several projects. At this year’s Honors Convocation, Kaylene received the Emma W Locke award for her excellent scholarship, character, and devotion to the ideals of the University. Read the linked articles for more details – […]

ASM Young Members Night

At ASM Young Members Night on February 21st, the Chmielus group helped to plan, participated with posters and took home some prizes! Planning Committee:– Emma Dickinson Submitted Posters:– Katerina Kimes (graduate)– Jakub Toman (graduate)– Erica Stevens (graduate)– Rafael Rodriguez (undergraduate)– Pierangeli Rodriguez (undergraduate) Poster Prizes: – Erica Stevens (2nd place, graduate)– Rafael Rodriguez (3rd place, […]

November ASM Meeting

On November 15, 2018, members of the Chmielus Lab attended and participated in the November meeting of the ASM Pittsburgh Chapter in Benedum Hall at the University of Pittsburgh. PhD student Erica Stevens gave an introduction to magnetic refrigeration, magnetocaloric materials, and her work on additive manufacturing of magnetocaloric Ni-Mn-Cu-Ga. PhD student Katerina Kimes and […]

Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) 2018

At M&M 2018 in Baltimore, Erica Stevens was elected to the role of President-Elect in the Microscopy Society of America Student Council (MSA StC). While at the conference, Erica also presented two posters: Direct Laser Deposition and Homogenization of Ni-Co-Mn-Sn Magnetocaloric Material Using Micro-Computed Tomography to Investigate Powder Distribution Trends Within 3D Binder-Jet Printed SS420 […]

Dr. Amir Mostafaei

Amir Mostafaei successfully defended his PhD dissertation on July 20th! Congratulations, Dr. Mostafaei! Amir will be moving on to a Post-Doc position at CMU in September. We wish him all of the best in all of his future endeavors.  

Manuscript Published in Acta Materialia

Recently, an AM3 manuscript was accepted and posted in its final version! “Sintering regimes and resulting microstructure and properties of binder jet 3D printed Ni-Mn-Ga magnetic shape memory alloys” by Amir Mostafaei, Pierangeli Rodriguez De Vecchis, Erica Stevens, and Markus Chmielus will be published in Acta Materialia on August 1, 2018.  Until June 20th, the article […]

Two Manuscripts Published

Recently, two AM3 manuscripts were accepted and posted in their final versions! “Properties of as-deposited and heat-treated Ni-Mn-Ga magnetic shape memory alloy processed by directed energy deposition” by Jakub Toman, Peter Müllner (Boise State University), and Markus Chmielus will be published in the Journal of Alloys and Compounds on July 5, 2018.  Until June 10th, […]

Admitted Females Event

Today, we showed some admitted female students how awesome Pitt and materials science are. These students have been admitted to Pitt engineering but haven’t committed to a school yet, and also haven’t chosen their major yet. We showed them around the ANSYS Additive Manufacturing Lab, and demonstrated the amazing shape-changing properties of NiTi wire. The […]

Girls Engineering in Middle School

On February 3rd, some Chmielus Lab members volunteered at the engineering expo as part of the Girls Engineering in Middle School (GEMS) event hosted by the Pitt Society of Women Engineers. Participating were Dr. Chmielus, Amir Mostafaei, and Pierangeli Rodriguez.

ASM Young Members Night

On February 15th, Chmielus Lab members participated in the Pittsburgh ASM Young Members night. Current and former members both attended and helped with the planning. Posters:  Amir Mostafaei Jakub Toman Erica Stevens (3rd place – grad) Pierangeli Rodriguez (2nd place – undergrad) Rafael Rodriguez (3rd place – undergrad) Planning: Samantha Schloder (alumnus of Chmielus Lab) […]

Elementary Engineering Extravaganza

Elementary Engineering Extravaganza is an annual outreach event for elementary school students, hosted by Pitt SWE. Approximately 100 kids and their parents participated in engineering activities and watched science demos on the morning of November 11, 2017. The Chmielus Lab and our friends from the Jacobs Lab participated by hosting demo tables. Dr. Chmielus showed […]

Chmielus Lab in the News: “Printing a Better Actuator, Actually”

“One technology uses magnetic fields to generate mechanical work. The other enhances the magnetic properties of 3D-printed materials. Combined, they could lead to efficient, economical production of magnetic actuators used in everything from sensors, robotics, and mechanical devices to power generation. An award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has researchers at the University of Pittsburgh playing […]

MS&T17 in Pittsburgh!

The Materials Science and Technology Conference for 2017 was held in Pittsburgh during October 8-12. From the Chmielus group, we had: Dr. Markus Chmielus gave an invited talk in the Additive Manufacturing of Functional Materials symposium, and also co-chaired the same symposium. Jakub Toman gave a talk on epitaxial growth of Ni-Mn-Ga. Amir Mostafaei gave […]

MS&T in Pittsburgh – preview

Who’s coming to Pittsburgh for MS&T 2017???   We are so excited to be in the host city for the Materials Science and Technology 2017 conference – one of the largest materials science conferences.     Our group will have three talks and a poster… come see us!


We’re back from ICOMAT 2017 in Chicago! ICOMAT – International Conference on Martensitic Transformations Below are some of the highlights of our trip!   Monday: Erica gave a talk describing recent progress with laser-deposited magnetocaloric Ni-Mn-Co-Sn. Amir and Katerina presented posters on binder jet printing of magnetocaloric and magnetic shape memory alloy materials.     […]

Making Metals

Another bit of fun we’ve been having is casting metals. We vacuum and backfill to the right pressures: And we melt things! We place significant value on safety, and use all of the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep us safe!


It’s hard to find people who share a certain familiarity with and fondness for a specific crystalline phase of a material. But one phase that has almost a cult following is martensite! Martensite is characterized by a martensitic transformation – a transformation that is diffusionless. In most phase transformations, the atoms move around within the […]

TEM fun

One of the newer machines within our capabilities is the Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). Yesterday, Erica and Amir examined some samples for a collaborator with the TEM. Transmission electron microscopy requires an electron-transparent sample, and is capable of resolving individual atoms. Among the information that can be gained from the TEM are atomic structure, dislocation […]

RAPID + TCT 2017

Members of the Chmielus Lab presented at the RAPID + TCT 2017 conference at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA on May 11, 2017. Dr. Markus Chmielus gave a talk detailing the additive manufacturing research being done at the University of Pittsburgh. Title: “Additive Manufacturing Research and Capabilities at the University of Pittsburgh” Amir Mostafaei […]

Erica Stevens Awarded NDSEG Fellowship

Erica Stevens, PhD student under Dr. Markus Chmielus was awarded a 2017 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellowship through the Department of Defense (DoD). An announcement released through the University of Pittsburgh can be found here: http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2017/NDSEG-Fellowships-2017/. This is a 4-year fellowship including a total stipend of $153,000. Erica was funded for research in the […]

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Pittsburgh, PA, 15261, USA

Email: chmielus@pitt.edu

Pitt webpage: https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Markus_Chmielus/