This is the way - Discovering the secrets of Beskar metallurgy

EMMS are pleased to announce their final technical event of 2023. The virtual lecture, on 06 December, will be delivered by Professor Suveen Mathaudhu from the Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines on 'The Science of Beskar'.

In the Star Wars universe there is no metal or alloy that compares to Beskar, the legendary “iron” of the Mandalorian tribes. Are you curious how pure Beskar can be extremely strong, corrosion resistant and able to survive blaster bolts and lightsaber strikes alike? Would you like to know how the clandestine skills of Armorer metalsmiths might contribute to the shaping and forming of an “indestructible” material?

In this presentation, we will step into a galaxy far far away to learn about the history of Beskar metalworking and contemplate some real-world metal-processing discoveries that may explain the seemingly magical behaviors of Beskar and its alloys. To close, we will discuss how some of these emerging technologies can be harnessed for the creation of new, real materials for extreme environments.

Suveen Mathaudhu (he/him) is a professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines. Mathaudhu’s career trajectory has spanned diverse roles, with his primary areas of interest centering around powder and deformation processing of metallic alloys and composite materials with foci on nanocrystalline materials, lightweight alloys and refractory metals, materials science education and outreach, and advocacy for diversity and inclusion in STEM. Some recognitions Mathaudhu has earned include the 2015 American Association of Engineering Societies Norm Augustine Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communication; 2015 ASM Fellow; 2016 National Science Foundation CAREER Grant; 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; and 2021 TMS Brimacombe Medal. Mathaudhu received his B.S.E. from Walla Walla University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University, all in mechanical engineering.

The meeting will be available online (Microsoft Teams) - to register, click the Book Now button at the top of the page.

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