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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department Welcomes New Assistant Professor

James Coakley has joined the University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE).

His interests lie in the research and development of structural materials, with a focus on relating the microstructure evolution that occurs both during alloy processing and during the lifetime of the component to the concomitant change in mechanical properties. Coakley utilizes a broad range of scientific techniques, including alloy processing, electron microscopy, atom probe tomography, in-situ and ex-situ neutron and X-ray diffraction and small angle scattering, materials modeling, and developing data analysis protocols.

“I was attracted to the UMCoE because of its reputation, leadership and the opportunity to work within a College that is thriving, with strong industrial collaborators such as the Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence Collaborative Laboratory that is housed here. These present exciting new educational opportunities for students and state-of-the-art research facilities for both students and faculty,” Coakley says. “I am honored and delighted to work with committed, dedicated colleagues who prioritize students and provide opportunities for them to be successful.”

Coakley received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University College, Dublin. He earned his PhD in materials science and engineering at Imperial College London.

After postdoctoral appointments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Imperial College London, Coakley was awarded a prestigious three-year European Union Marie Curie research fellowship in 2014. The fellowship was cohosted between Northwestern University and the University of Cambridge and focused on research to develop novel Co-based superalloys for aerospace applications. He also is a member of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory proposal review committee and was an invited speaker and session chair at the atom probe tomography symposium during the 2018 Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) conference.

“With his exceptional experience and knowledge in advanced material science, James will take the College of Engineering to new levels of excellence in research,” says Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering. “We anticipate he will take full advantage of the state-of-the-art additive manufacturing laboratory we created in collaboration with Johnson and Johnson, and will make breakthroughs in the field of powder metallurgy and novel alloys. His future findings will likely transform the way we fabricate alloy powders for 3D metal printers, the centerpieces of additive manufacturing.”

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