McCormick Alum Named Head of MIT’s Materials Science and Engineering Department

Christopher A. Schuh, a McCormick alum and highly respected contributor to the materials science field, has been appointed the new head of MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He will assume the role October 12.

Schuh currently serves as MIT’s Danae and Vasilios Salapatas Professor of Metallurgy. In February, he was also named to a 10-year appointment as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, one of MIT's most prestigious awards for recognizing excellence in undergraduate education.

Since receiving his PhD in materials science and engineering from McCormick in 2001, Schuh has become internationally known for his contributions to processing-structure-property relationships in structural metals. His work particularly focuses on the role of structural disorder and its effect on mechanical properties.

Before coming to Northwestern, Schuh received a BS in materials science and engineering in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.