Mark Atwater

  • Materials Science and Engineering,  Ph.D. (North Carolina State University)
  • Mechanical Engineering, M.S. (University of New Mexico)
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology, B.S.  (Pennsylvania College of Technology)
  • Automated Manufacturing Technology, A.A.S. (Pennsylvania College of Technology)
  • Toolmaking Technology, A.A.S. (Pennsylvania College of Technology)
  • Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology, Cert. (Pennsylvania College of Technology)
  • Machinist General, Cert. (Pennsylvania College of Technology)

I started out pursuing manufacturing in a highly hands-on program with a management emphasis. The summer before my junior year I completed an 18 credit Nanofabrication program offered in conjunction with Penn State, and that experience was a major influence in my decision to pursue engineering further during graduate study. During my master’s degree at UNM I researched the catalytic growth of carbon nanofibers and developed a method for creating bulk structures (cm dimensions) entirely made from nanofibers (more here). I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, but I decided to pursue materials research further, which brought me to NCSU and my research on nanostructured metals, which I also studied as a post-doctoral researcher at the US Army Research Laboratory. Though primarily focused on the stabilization of nanocystalline metals (here), the unique, nonequilibrium processing methods are something I wanted to investigate for commercial applications. Two of these applications are nonequilibrium catalyst development through mechanical alloying and a new process for solid-state foaming by oxide reduction (here). These are topics I am pursuing as an Assistant Professor at Millersville University, where my teaching responsibilities (here) span theory and practice with materials and manufacturing. After somewhat of a winding path, I’ve ended up with a variety of experiences which allow me to feel equally comfortable in a classroom, a clean room or a machine shop.