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David L. McDowell

Carter N. Paden, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Metals Processing at Georgia Tech

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This Chair was made possible through a generous endowment by a GT alumnus with a lifelong career in metals processing, Mr. Carter N. Paden, Jr. of Chattanooga, TN. Mr. Paden, now deceased, was the retired Chairman and Founder of Southern Centrifugal Inc.

The focus of the Paden Chair is on the synergistic relation between emerging computational simulation tools for metals processing and mechanical behavior of materials at various length scales, state-of-the-art mechanical testing and characterization tools within the GT Mechanical Properties Research Laboratory (MPRL), predictive multiscale computational methods applied within the GT PACE computing environment, and integration of these tools and simulation methods with systems-based design strategies to improve material performance.

The primary goals of the Paden Chair are to:

  • Emphasize research that contributes to fundamental new understanding of deformation, fatigue and fracture phenomena for wrought, cast and additive manufactured metal alloys
  • Enhance and develop methods for microstructure-sensitive modeling of structure-property relations of metals and alloys
  • Enhance and support a vigorous multidisciplinary program for research and education in state-of-the-art aspects of process-structure-property-performance relations for metals, focusing on basic research in emerging technologies
  • Develop and apply new concepts and methods for multiscale analysis and design of materials, considering the mechanisms that operate at multiple length/time scales that define and control material behavior