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Stephen Carr

Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biological Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech E254
Evanston, IL 60208

847-491-3558Email Stephen Carr


Materials Science and Engineering


Master of Science in Product Design and Development Management Program

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Ph.D. Polymer Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

M.S. Polymer Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Research Interests

Professor Carr's research program made important contributions to: 1) the effects of processing on structure/property relationships in flexible or rod‑like polymers and their alloys, 2) the origins of piezoelectricity in polymers, 3) structure/ property relationships in electronically conducting polymers, 4) fracture toughness in semicrystalline polymers, and 5) network polymers, especially those found in epoxy resins or in human gallstones. Recently his scholarship and sponsored research centered on attaining a deeper understanding of how engineering students learn and grow themselves.

Currently Steve Carr is co-director of Northwestern’s Master of Product Design and Development Management degree program, and he is developing coursework related to materials selection as an indispensable part of product design and development.

Significant Recognition

  • Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, University of Cincinnati, 1993
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 1983; American Society for Metals (ASM), 1992
  • Ralph A. Teetor Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers as an outstanding engineering educator, 1980

Selected Publications

  • Carr, Stephen Howard; Herbst, Walter B, Making Things, JOM 68(8):2018-2020 (2016).