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Materials Science, Characterization, and Processing

The Material Science, Characterization, and Processing research thrust in Manufacturing Engineering at Georgia Southern University, includes the study of materials (polymers, composites, ceramics, and metals), their behavior, and production. This enables subject experts to synthesize new materials to better serve both regional and national engineering interests.

Faculty in Material Science, Characterization, and Processing

Dr. Jingjing Qing, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering in 2016 from Missouri University of Science & Technology.  She then worked as an Assistant Research Professor and a Sr. Research Specialist on Electron Microscopies at Missouri University of Science & Technology before coming to Georgia Southern. Her research interests include metal solidification, ferrous metal casting, ferrous microstructures, materials characterization and metal failure analysis. Her expertise include metallography of ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals and materials characterization using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD), focus ion beam (FIB), and transmission electron microcopy (TEM).
Dr. Hossein Taheri, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering in 2018 from Iowa State University. His research interests include material testing and evaluation with an emphasis on Nondestructive Testing (NDT) techniques, Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), Predictive and Preventive Maintenance, Smart Manufacturing, and in-line quality monitoring and control for manufacturing processes. He is the director of “Metrology and Nondestructive Testing Laboratory” ( with state-of-the-art research on application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning on material testing and NDT, automated NDT, and Internet of Things (IoT) for NDT 4.0. 
 Dr. Yue Zhang, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2013 from Texas Tech University. Dr. Zhang’s research interests include nanotechnology-enhanced energy storage and polymer composite for soft robotics and biomedical engineering. His interests also include the processing and characterization of nanomaterials with an emphasis on carbon nanomaterials. 

Last updated: 10/30/2020