November 14, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
1225 Patrick F. Taylor Hall

Michael Kessler - Washington State University

Campus interview dates: November 14-15, 2016


Open Forum: November 14, 2016, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 pm, 1225 Patrick F. Taylor Hall

Michael Kessler is a Professor and Director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) at Washington State University (WSU). As the chief academic and administrative officer for the school, he is responsible for teaching, research, and outreach in the mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering programs.  The School of MME has over 60 faculty and staff, and about 1,200 students. In addition to his responsibilities as school director and professor of MME, he is the founding co-director of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry and University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) co-located at Washington State University and Iowa State University that focuses on developing high-value biobased products from agricultural and forestry feedstocks and sponsored by about 30 member companies and the NSF.  Prior to joining the faculty at Washington State University in 2013, he held faculty positions at Iowa State University, where he was most recently the Wilkinson Professor in Interdisciplinary Engineering, and the University of Tulsa. He received his Ph.D. from the Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois.  An expert in the processing and characterization of polymers and polymer matrix composites, Dr. Kessler has led an active research group with external funding of over eleven million dollars—including funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, and NASA.  He has over 160 journal papers and 7000 citations, holds nearly 20 patents and provisional patents, edited 13 books, and presented over 200 talks at national and international meetings.  He is an elected Fellow of NATAS and ASME, and the past division chair of the Materials Division of ASEE.