Metallurgy & Materials Science, M.A. (1976) Cambridge University (UK)
Materials Engineering, Ph.D. (1987) Drexel University
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, 1995-
Tony Rollett comes to the Materials Science and Engineering department at CMU with over 15 years of experience in basic and applied research in the materials area, as well as significant management experience. His current enthusiasms are in the areas of microstructural evolution and the prediction of anisotropy from texture (crystallographic preferred orientation). He has authored over 50 publications and participates in many professional society activities and national initiatives.
He joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1979 and was a staff member in the Materials Science and Technology division. His work in the metallurgy group included a wide range of materials, including the following; design and manufacture of graphite fuel elements for nuclear reactors; programming of a robotic welding process; operation of the foundry; computer simulation of metal casting processes; development of new materials for kinetic energy penetrators; theoretical prediction and experimental analysis of crystallographic texture and anisotropy in metals; texture-property correlations in the high temperature superconductors; computer simulation of recrystallization and grain growth; research on the work hardening of metals, especially at large strains; selection of materials for a hypervelocity program; project leader of program to develop advanced intermetallic composites; development and leadership of a multi-laboratory program to research and develop near-net-shape casting technologies for plutonium and uranium. In 1991 he became the group leader of the metallurgy group and was responsible for the development of numerous industrial interactions and also programs in support of national security. In 1994 he became the deputy division director for the new, expanded Materials Science & Technology division which includes condensed matter physics, superconductors, ceramics, metallurgy, polymers, thin films and certain aspects of nuclear materials.
Rollett also has a strong avocation in music as an active singer and organist. He was a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, and holds a diploma in organ teaching from the Royal College of Music (London).