Ahmed Hussein, a member of Prof. Jaafar El-Awady’s Computational & Experimental Materials Engineering Laboratory (CEMEL) group, received a highly competitive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the National Research Council Research Associateship Program (NRC RAP). He had recently defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Dislocation Microstructure and Surface Roughness Evolution in Single and Multi-Phase Microcrystals”, on August 5th, 2015.
The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. And as an NRC Research Associate, Ahmed Hussein will be conducting his his postdoctoral studies at the Air force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
His research will focus on understanding the core structure of dislocations in high temperature materials such as Nickel based superalloys. He will also work on developing novel algorithms to accelerate discrete dislocation dynamics simulations in order to predict the plastic deformation and failure for metals for aerospace applications. The results of these simulations can be used to develop physically accurate material models that can be applied in designing the next generation of jet engines and power generation gas turbines.