Remembering MSE faculty Jyoti Mazumder and Ed Hucke

Mazumder was a world leader in laser-based manufacturing while Hucke had a world-recognized reputation in research on carbon-based materials.
Remembering MSE faculty Jyoti Mazumder and Ed Hucke

Professor Jyoti Mazumder and Faculty Emeritus Ed Hucke

MSE was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Jyoti Mazumder on April 10, as well as Faculty Emeritus Edward Hucke last November.

Jyoti Mazumder, Robert H. Lurie Professor of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan (U-M), Director of the Center for Laser-Aided Intelligent Manufacturing at U-M and Director of the NSF I/UCRC for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing, U-M, died April 10, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was 70.

Professor Mazumder received his BS in metallurgical engineering from Calcutta University (now the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology) in 1972 and his MS and PhD degrees in process metallurgy from Imperial College, London, in 1978. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as a professor of mechanical engineering in 1996.

With an extraordinary career spanning 41 years, Professor Mazumder spent 16 of those at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and 25 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he conducted groundbreaking research in the areas of materials processing using lasers and the non-equilibrium synthesis of materials with tailored properties along with their evaluation and characterization.

Throughout his prolific career he published 400 papers, co-authored various books, and held more than 25 patents. He is known as a pioneer in additive manufacturing and took his research to market by commercializing Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) technology and recently developing in-situ sensors for 3-D printing and welding that have the capability to detect defects, composition, and phase transformation.

"Professor Jyoti Mazumder was a distinguished colleague and mentor and a world-leader in laser-based manufacturing. His passing is tragic and he will be missed by all who worked with him,” said Amit Misra, Edward DeMille Campbell Collegiate Professor and Department Chair, U-M Materials Science and Engineering. “He dreamed big and had a vision for positioning Michigan Engineering at the forefront of additive manufacturing research."

Professor Mazumder was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering in 2012 and received numerous awards and honors over the years including the Schawlow Award for seminal contribution to Laser application research from the Laser Institute of America in 2003, the William T. Ennor Award for manufacturing from ASME in 2006, the Adams Memorial Membership award from the American Welding Society in 2007, the Thomas A. Edison Patent Award from ASME in 2010 for inventing the first closed loop direct metal deposition system, and the Distinguished University Innovator Award in 2012 from theUniversity of Michigan. He is an American Society of Mechanical Engineers  (ASME) Fellow, American Society of Metals (ASM) Fellow, Fellow of the International Academy of Photonics and Laser Engineering (IAPLE), and was named President of the Laser Institute of America (LIA) in 2000.

Professor Mazumder loved what he did for a living and always said his work was his hobby. He leaves behind a legacy of bright engineers throughout the world carrying on his teachings and research.

“Jyoti was a dedicated family man, scholar, and indefatigable optimist,” said U-M Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering Margaret Wooldridge. “He seamlessly moved between exceptional contributions to fundamental science and high-impact industrial manufacturing. He also had an anecdote from his father or mother or a Sanskrit maxim for every occasion that would make you smile and often involved mangos. His wit and wisdom will be sorely missed.”


Professor Edward Hucke died in his home in La Jolla, Calif. on November 7, 2020 at the age of 90.

Professor Hucke received his S.B., S.M., and Sc.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951, 1952, and 1954, respectively. After a two-year tenure as director of research and development at the Locomotive Finished Materials Company in Atchison, Kansas, he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering in the College of Engineering as an assistant professor in 1955. He was promoted to associate professor in 1958 and to professor in 1961.
During his career at the University of Michigan, Professor Hucke developed a world-recognized reputation in research on carbon-based materials, including glassy carbon and carbide compounds. He utilized elegant thermodynamic analysis in much of his research and taught the subject of thermodynamics in rigorous fashion to students of materials engineering for several decades.

Professor Hucke received prestigious awards for his teaching and research accomplishments, including the Gustav Lilliequist Award of the Steel Founders Society in 1956, the Outstanding Young Engineer Award of the Engineering Society of Detroit in 1961, and the Bradley Stoughton Award of the American Society of Metals in 1963. He was a fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and ASM International.

In 1991, Professor Hucke retired to La Jolla, Calif. where he was active in the local tennis community.