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 after sophomore year I completed an 18 credit Nanofabrication program offered in conjunction with Penn State, and that experience inspired 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 Associate 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 that allow me to feel equally comfortable in a classroom, a clean room or a machine shop.