Marc De Graef received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 1983, and his Ph.D. in physics from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1989, with a thesis on copper-based shape memory alloys. He then spent three and a half years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara before joining Carnegie Mellon University in 1993 as an assistant professor. He is currently a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and faculty director of the J. Earle and Mary Roberts Materials Characterization Laboratory. In 2023, he was appointed as the John and Claire Bertucci Distinguished Professor of Engineering.

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1989 Ph.D., Physics, Catholic University of Leuven

1983 MS, Physics, University of Antwerp

1983 BS, Physics, University of Antwerp

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Scott Institute

Three CMU energy projects receive Scott Institute Seed Grants

Three CMU-led energy projects have been awarded seed grants from the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

Five Engineering faculty receive professorships

ECE’s Yuejie Chi, MSE’s Marc De Graef, ECE’s Swarun Kumar, ECE’s Brandon Lucia, and MechE’s Rebecca Taylor recently received professorships in Engineering for their outstanding scholarly achievements.

Materials Characterization Facility

X-Ray Laboratory Opens in Materials Characterization Facility

MCF recently expanded its footprint to the second floor of Hamerschlag Hall with the addition of a new X-Ray laboratory.

CMU Engineering

CMU software aids materials scientists worldwide

Marc De Graef has developed a materials characterization software so powerful it can create orientation maps from low-quality materials.

CMU Engineering

Faculty projects awarded DURIP funding

Three College of Engineering faculty members have been selected to receive funding for their projects through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP): Marc De Graef, Anthony Rollett, and Rebecca Taylor.

CMU Engineering

Magnetic symmetry is not just like looking in a mirror

Vincent Sokalski and Michael Kitcher have uncovered the quantitative explanation for magnetic symmetry breaking during domain wall motion, a contribution to the fundamental physics of technology needed to build faster computers.

CMU Engineering

Behind the Researcher

The College of Engineering is known for our cutting-edge research, academic rigor, and amazing students, but you might be surprised by some of the other talents of our award-winning faculty.

Materials Science and Engineering

MSE researchers win best poster

MSE Ph.D. student Nisrit Pandey and recent Ph.D. graduate Maxwell Li won first place in The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society poster competition. Their advisors are MSE’s Marc De Graef and Vincent Sokalski.

CMU Engineering

Air Force partnership to fuse AI and materials research

CMU and Air Force Research Laboratory establish 5-year, $7.5M Center of Excellence in data-driven materials research.

De Graef to deliver keynote at Microscopy Society of South Africa conference

MSE’s Marc De Graef has been invited by the Microscopy Society of South Africa to present the 2019 John Matthews Materials Sciences Keynote Lecture at the Society’s 56th Annual Conference in Langebaan, South Africa, on December 3rd, 2019. This will be followed by an invited talk at a two-day workshop immediately after the conference.

Microscopy & Microanalysis

De Graef receives best paper award from Microscopy and Microanalysis

MSE’s Marc De Graef received a best paper award from Microscopy and Microanalysis for his paper, "Dictionary Indexing of Electron Channeling Patterns."

Industrial Heating

De Graef publishes first column in Industrial Heating

MSE’s Marc De Graef published his first column in the March 2018 issue of Industrial Heating.