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David H. Matthiesen is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He received a Bachelor?s degree and a Master of Science in ceramic engineering from University of Illinois. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1988, and joined the MIT faculty as an assistant professor for material sciences.
Dr. Matthiesen then joined the Electronics Materials Department at GTE Laboratories, Inc. as a senior member of the technical staff. During this time he was principal scientist and then principal investigator for a joint U.S. Air Force/GTE Labs/NASA project to investigate the transient growth of gallium arsenide in microgravity. This experiment flew on the first Spacelab Life Sciences (SLS-1/STS-40) and on the first Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS-1/STS-45) as part of the Get-Away-Special program.
In 1993, Dr. Matthiesen joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is a Principal Investigator on the NASA funded Crystal Growth Furnace (CGF) for a project to investigate steady state segregation behavior in GaAs. This experiment flew on the first United States Microgravity Laboratory (USML-1/STS-50) and is scheduled to fly again on the USML-2/STS-73 mission. In addition, Dr. Matthiesen was Principal Investigator on a NASA funded investigation on the diffusion processes in molten semiconductors (DPIMS). He trained with NASA and served as an Alternate Payload Specialist for flight STS-73 in 1995.
Dr. Matthiesen?s teaching responsibilities include heat, mass and momentum transport in materials, thermodynamics, solidification theory and crystal growth. He is responsible for the supervision of undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral research programs and for the design and construction of the Electronic Materials Crystal Growth Laboratory. His research emphasis is on developing the understanding of and insight to: the heat, mass and momentum transport in processing of materials; growth and characterization of electronic and other inorganic materials; and the development of unique material processing techniques such as applied magnetic fields and growth in the microgravity environment.