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Anderson, Peter


Peter M. Anderson is a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University (OSU).  He received a ScB degree in Engineering from Brown University and ScM and PhD degrees in Applied Sciences from Harvard University, and joined OSU following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge University (UK). He has authored/coauthored over one hundred fifty articles on mechanical behavior of bulk, thin film, nanoscale materials, biological materials, wear-resistant steels, and shape memory alloys, and more recently is focused on nanoindentation and Bayesian inference and other methods to correlate microstructure, processing, and mechanical properties. He co-authored with John Hirth and Jens Lothe the 3rd edition of Theory of Dislocations and authored the chapter Crystal-Based Plasticity in Fundamentals of Metal Forming and a comprehensive set of PowerPoint lecture slides for the introductory textbook, Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction. He has held visiting positions at Brown University, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was Bernd T. Matthias Scholar. He is a recipient of an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, three-time recipient of the Boyer Award for Teaching Innovation, recipient of the Lumley Research Award, and fellow of ASM International. He was Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU from 2015-2019 and from 2020-2022, he was on assignment at the National Science Foundation as a Program Manager for Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer Our Future, an interdisciplinary program that spans three directorates and several divisions at NSF and aims to accelerate the design, discovery, development, and deployment of materials for biological, electronic, photonic, structural, and other societal needs.  He enjoys cycling, running, hiking, and other outdoor activities as well as home renovation and energy conservation technologies.


Mechanical Properties - strength, ductility, fracture toughness
Numerical Methods - finite element method, continuum and lattice Green's functions, phase field method
Nanoindentation - numerical analysis and experimentation
Shape Memory Alloys - modeling, thermomechanical testing, high-T/extreme environments, additive manufacturing
Nanocrystalline metals - modeling
Multilayer Thin Films - deformation mechanisms
Wear-Resistant Steels - alloy development to promote martensitic transformations

Please see Google Scholar - Peter M Anderson