Center for Composite Materials - University of Delaware
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CCM Leadership


John W. Gillespie, Jr.
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Donald C. Phillips
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Delaware

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Composites, processing, mechanics, design, interphase science, adhesion, experimental methods

Suresh G. Advani
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Associate Director
George W. Laird Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois,

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Polymer and composite processing, transport phenomena in manufacturing processes, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics and rheology, fiber suspensions, flow through porous media, computational fluid mechanics and heat transfer, fuel cells, hydrogen storage, wind energy

Mark Mirotznik
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Associate Director for Digital Design and Additive Manufacturing

Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies,
Electrical & Computer Engineering 

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Multifunctional additive manufacturing of high frequency electromagnetic devices and systems, electromagnetically functionalized materials, computational electromagnetics, radome design and fabrication, radar absorbing materials and structures.

Shridhar Yarlagadda
Assistant Director for Research
Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Penn State University

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Cost-effective manufacturing technologies for polymer and ceramic matrix composites, composites repair, magnetic materials and nanocomposites, smart structures and systems, electromagnetic signature management solutions, composite micromechanics and information technology

Dirk Heider
Assistant Director for Technology
Associate Professor,
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ph.D., University of Delaware

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Advanced composites manufacturing including VARTM, automated thermoplastic tape placement, pultrusion and induction-based thermoplastic processing

Larry (LJ) R. Holmes, Jr.
Assistant Director for Digital Design and Additive Manufacturing
MME Univ Wisc Madison

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Comprehensive focus: design, material and process optimization for advanced manufacturing of structural and functional devices to support of the Manufacturing Industrial Base and the US Department of Defense.
R&D focuses include: material selection, mechanical design, rapid prototyping, and additive manufacturing processes for printing metals, ceramics, polymers, glasses, composites, electronics materials, and others.
Transition focuses include: novel manufacturing technologies, pilot-scale production facilities and the incorporation of advanced manufacturing technologies into industrial manufacturing facilities.

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