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Atom Probe 101: Insights and outcomes of teaching an inaugural APT course

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

In 2021, the University of Alabama offered an introductory graduate course in atom probe tomography (APT). This class aims to become a counterpart to other analytical courses, such as electron microscopy and scattering methods in materials. Such courses provide a formal opportunity to education students in the foundational and practical aspects of using such instruments in their research. Collectively, these techniques are applicable to multiple disciplines and as such the course construction was geared to assist students with varied STEM backgrounds.  In this inaugural course, nineteen students from programs in metallurgy, materials science, mechanical engineering, physics, and geology were enrolled. 

This webinar will provide an overview of how the course was constructed, including the topics and sequence followed, homework sets (that required the use of the IVAS platform), and impressions receive from the students as well as myself as the instructor.  This webinar is ideal for those that are interested in developing educational modules, workshops, or formal university courses on APT.

Available on demand.

About the presenter:
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Dr. Gregory Thompson
holds the distinction of a Distinguished University Research Professor and the James R. Cudworth Chair in Engineering at the University of Alabama.  He has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications that spans nanocrystalline metal alloys to ultrahigh temperature ceramics, with each topic linked by his interest in analytical methods to understand processing-structure-property outcomes. To date, Professor Thompson has mentored to graduation 20 Ph.D. and 18 M.S. students, with several of his doctoral students working with atom probe tomography in national research labs or industry.  Professor Thompson earned a B.S. in Physics from Brigham Young University (1996) and a M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2003) in Materials Science & Engineering from The Ohio State University. Between his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, he worked as a process engineer in the coating technology industry. He joined UA’s Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering in 2003 as a tenure-track assistant professor and was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2008 and then full professor in 2012. He has been recognized as a UA Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor (2014), a TMS Brimacombe medalist (2017), and the recipient of the Hackney Leadership award for the college of engineering (2018).  He currently serves as the Director of the Materials Science PhD program and Director of the Alabama Analytical Research Center, which is a core user facility of microscopes on the campus of UA. 

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