Misra bestowed with named collegiate professorship

Professor and MSE Chair Amit Misra calls the professorship, named for a U-M pioneer in physical metallurgy, a 'humbling honor.'
Misra bestowed with named collegiate professorship

MSE is pleased to announce that the U-M Board of Regents has approved a named professorship appointment of Professor and Department Chair Amit Misra as Edward DeMille Campbell Collegiate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, effective March 1, 2020. 

Edward DeMille Campbell was born in Detroit in 1863 and educated at the University of Michigan. After serving as a chemist in various iron companies, he became an assistant professor of metallurgy at U-M in 1890, where he lost his sight at the age of 28 in an explosion during a laboratory examination of steel. For 20 years before his death in 1925 he was head professor of chemistry and metallurgy and director of the Chemical Laboratory at U-M. Campbell’s research and teaching brought to U-M a strong interest in the field of metallurgy which was then in its infancy, particularly the study of the constitution of metals and alloys. His scholarship contributed strongly towards the foundation for creating a new department, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineeing, in the College of Engineering in 1914, the parent to the current ChemE and MSE departments. In 1924, Campbell’s group pioneered the use of x-ray diffraction in physical metallurgy through their discovery of the tetragonal structure of martensite phase, the basis for super-hard steels. He was blind for all but two years of his professional career, yet he contributed 77 papers to the scientific literature. In 1926, ASM International inaugurated the Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lecture, an annual distinguished lectureship in memory and in recognition of the scientific contributions of Professor Campbell.

“Professor Edward DeMille Campbell was a truly courageous and inspiring scholar and teacher in the field of metallurgy and it is a humbling honor for me and for our department to continue Professor Campbell’s legacy in physical metallurgy,” Misra said. 

Misra has been a professor and chair of the U-M Department of Materials Science and Engineering since 2014. He earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from U-M in 1994, and a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT-BHU, India, in 1989. His research interests include study of nanomechanics and interfaces in metallic alloys and nanocomposites, and electron microscopy. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Materials Research Society (MRS); American Society of Metals (ASM) International, and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Congratulations, Amit!