Gary Was

Professor

gsw@umich.edu

1921 Cooley

T: (734) 763-4675

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EDUCATION:

B.S. (NE), University of Michigan, 1975
S.M. (NE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977.
Sc.D. (NE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Major research interests center on radiation materials science and environmental effects on metals. Radiation materials science activities include emulation of reactor irradiated microstructures with ion irradiation, assessing high dose irradiation effects in fast reactor designs and the roles of H and He in swelling of fusion blanket materials. Current work in the area of stress corrosion cracking focuses on the determination of the mechanism of intergranular cracking in austenitic alloys in high temperature aqueous solutions with emphasis on the role of grain boundary structure, chemistry and deformation. Ion irradiation and stress corrosion cracking are linked through an investigation of the mechanism of irradiation in the assisted stress corrosion cracking of core components in nuclear reactors, and the effects of simultaneous irradiation and corrosion of reactor core materials in high temperature water. 


PRIOR EXPERIENCE:

Director, Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute 2007 - 2009
Associate Dean, College of Engineering, University of Michigan 2000-2005.
Chair, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, 1994 - 1999.
Affiliate Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest Laboratories, 1994 - present.
Professor, University of Michigan, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 1990 - present.
Associate Professor, University of Michigan, Department of Nuclear Engineering, 1985 - 1990, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sept. 1987 - 1990.
Guest Scientist, Kernforschungsanlage Jülich GMBH, Institut für Schicht-und Ionentechnik, Sept. 1988 - May 1989.
Assistant Professor, Univ. of Michigan, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, July 1980 - Aug.1985.
Guest Appointment, Argonne National Laboratory, 1982 - present.
Summer Faculty Research Program, Argonne National Lab., 1982.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 1980.
Staff Scientist, Entropy Limited. Lincoln, MA, January 1978 - June 1980. 


AWARDS AND SERVICE:

Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, 2019
Glenn Murphy, American Society for Engineering Education, 2017
Mishima Award, American Nuclear Society, 2017
Fellow, TMS (The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society), 2017
Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award, College of Engineering, 2016-17
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Nuclear Materials, Elsevier, 2016 - present
Chair, International Atomic Energy Agency, Coordinated Research Project, 2016 – present
Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2016
Lee Hsun Award, Institute of Metals Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2013
CEO, International Cooperative Group on Environmentally Assisted Cracking, 2013 - 2015
Member, National Academies committee on the quality of science at NNSA laboratories
Fellow, Materials Research Society, 2011
Special Achievement Award, American Nuclear Society, MSTD, 2008
ASM Henry Marion Howe Medal for 2008                          
Member, National Academies committee on Assessing Corrosion Education in the US
Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, 2006 - 07
Significant Achievement Award, American Nuclear Society, MSTD, 2004
Fellow, American Nuclear Society, 2001
Champion H. Matthewson Medal, 2000
Associate Editor, International Materials Reviews, ASM, 1999-2002
Associate Editor, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics, B, 1999-2005.
Chair, Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization, NEDHO, 1998-99.
Chair, Nuclear Engineering Division, ASEE, 1998-99.
Chair, Awards Committee, Materials Research Society, 1999-2002.
Fellow, NACE International, 1998                                        
Literary Award, Materials Science and Technology Div., American Nuclear Soc., 2012, 2008, 2002, 2000, 1998
Teacher of the Year Award, selected by the students of NERS, 1998
Fellow, ASM International, 1997
Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering, 1993
Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1985
Editorial Review Board, Metallurgical Transaction, A 1985-present.
International Nickel Company Fellowship, MIT 1979-80
Theos J. Thompson Fellowship, 1977-78
Outstanding Work in Nuclear Engineering Award, Nuclear Engineering, UM 1975