Research Areas Include: Microstructural evolution in engineering materials and the effect of microstructure on mechanical properties. Current Projects Modeling the clustering of Mg and Si atoms in automotive Al-Mg-Si alloys during natural aging. Grain refinement of microalloyed steels by thermomechanical processing. Modeling the nucleation of recrystallization and the interaction between recovery and recrystallization. Investigation of the interfacial conditions during the decomposition of austenite in Fe-C-X using traditional precipitation experiments as well as controlled decarburization. Development of functionally graded steels and “steel-steel” composites.