The overarching theme of the research pursued by my group is solid-state mechanical and chemical kinetics in both crystalline and amorphous planetary materials. Important in this introduction is to note that the work is highly interdisciplinary, with multiple interactions in geophysics and petrology within the department and in materials science and solid mechanics beyond the department.
I graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering from George Washington University in 1977 and completed my Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Cornell University in 1983. My doctoral work involved the application of mechanical-properties theory and experiment to problems in geophysics and tectonics; in this context I pursued, too, formal education in Earth science. Upon completion of my doctorate, I was a Senior Research Scientist for Corning Glass Works, studying the physics and chemistry of glass-ceramics, of refractory ceramic composites and of silicate melts, garnering a number of patents. Prior to joining the faculty in Geological Sciences at Brown in 2003, I spent 17 years as a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Within that time, I also enjoyed sabbatical appointments in geological sciences at Caltech and in the materials research division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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Studies of Mechanical and Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics...
Low-Frequency Attenuation and Transient and Steady-State Deformation...
Chemical Diffusion and Crystalline Nucleation...
Brown's GeoChemical/Mineralogy/Petrology Group
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Brown's Solid Earth Dynamics Group
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