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.…

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…