Kathleen Sevener



2102 H.H. Dow
T: (734) 647-3223


Ph.D., Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara 1999
B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Michigan Technological University 1994


Associate Research Scientist


My research interests are currently focused on high temperature materials for hypersonic flight, long term durability of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) for turbine engines, and the performance and durability of ceramics and CMCs for elevated temperature energy applications. Both aerospace and energy applications provide aggressive thermal, mechanical, and chemical environments for materials and the principal focus of my research interests is to develop a fundamental understanding of the physics based response of materials to these aggressive environments through experimental evaluation to relate the thermodynamics and kinetics behind degradation mechanisms to the macroscopic material properties and mechanical/thermal performance of the structure. This experimental work is critical to the validation and verification of existing and new design tools.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Associate Research Scientist, Materials Science and Engineering, 2016-present
Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering, 2016-present
Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, 2016-present
Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Materials Science and Engineering, 2015-2016
Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Aerospace Engineering, 2014

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Associate Professor with Tenure, Mechanical Engineering, 2013-2015
Acting Chair (while chair on sabbatical), Mechanical Engineering, 2011
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, 2005-2013

Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, OH
Summer Faculty Fellow, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, 2006, 2007, 2013

Boeing Rocketdyne (now Aerojet Rocketdyne), Canoga Park, CA
Materials Engineer, 1999-2005