John Allison


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Research Group

Research Staff
Xianfeng Ma

Xianfeng Ma's thesis, "High Temperature Low Cycle Fatigue Behaviors of Nickel-based Single Crystal Superalloys for Large Gas Turbine" was defended in June of 2010. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan since 2010.  His research includes developing constitutive models, such as FE-based crystal plasticity model, to predict the processing-microstructure-property relationship in alpha-beta titanium alloy. Another aspect is experimental characterization of the microstructure and texture in light alloys via SEM and OIM techniques.

Jiashi Miao

Jiashi Miao is a postdoctoral research fellow in Professor Allison’s group. His research focuses on characterization of precipitation microstructure in magnesium alloys using transmission electron microscopy

Graduate Students
Jacob Adams

Currently a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Michigan, studying fatigue in magnesium.

Anna Colletti

Now a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering studying recrystallization and grain growth in binary titanium alloys throughout the hot forging process.

Erin Deda

currently pursuing a Ph.D. studying the impact of microstructural features on the ductility of super vacuum die cast (SVDC) magnesium alloys.

Alan Githens

Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, jointly advised by Professor John Allison and Professor Samantha Daly.

Sinsar Hsie
Vir Nirankari

Vir Nirankari is currently pursuing a Masters’ Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, studying the microstructural effects on crack growth in resistance spot welded Al-Mg-Si alloys.

Ellen Sitzmann

Ellen Sitzmann's research at the University of Michigan includes characterizing precipitates in Mg alloys using various techniques such as atom probe tomography and transmission electron microscopy. She will also study the effects these precipitates have on the mechanical properties.