Elizabeth Dickey’s research focuses on developing processing-structure-property relationships for material systems in which the macroscopic physical properties (mechanical, electrical, thermal, etc.) are governed by grain boundaries or internal interfaces. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the role of grain boundary chemistry on electrical and chemical transport. In addition, she is interested in understanding the role of microstructure and interfaces on the mechanical properties of eutectic ceramic composites, which are being developed for high-temperature and armor applications. Her research involves using an array of analytical techniques, in particular electron microscopy and spectroscopy, to understand the structure and chemistry of internal defects in materials.
Dickey received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. Before joining CMU, she spent a decade with the Materials Science and Engineering Department at North Carolina State University (NCSU) as a professor, and later as Associate Department Head. She has more than 200 publications in these areas with more than 20,000 citations. Her awards and honors include:
- Fellow of AAAS
- Fellow of the American Ceramic Society
- Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America
- World Academy of Ceramics Academician
- NCSU Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship
- Richard M. Fulrath Award, American Ceramic Society
- Northwestern University Early Career Achievement Award for Alumni in MSE
- Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
Electron Microscopy for Engineering Better Materials
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
B.S. Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky
Materials Science and Engineering
MSE students join international research community
Two CMU MSE students had the opportunity to perform cutting-edge research in Sheffield, England as part of The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) this past summer.
Sosman Award Committee
Dickey wins Sosman award
MSE Head Elizabeth Dickey is the recipient of the 2023 Sosman Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in basic science that results in a significant impact and advancement in the field of ceramics.
CMU women shift the dynamic in materials science leadership
Elizabeth Dickey, Materials Science and Engineering department head, and alumnae Carolyn Duran (MSE ’92) and Ellen Cerreta (MSE ’01) are increasing female representation in materials through their executive roles in professional societies for scientists and engineers.
Advancing modern steel research allows us to access unique properties while lowering the carbon footprint, and it’s important for education.
Engineering faculty awarded professorships
Engineering faculty Peter Adams, Elizabeth Dickey, Carlee Joe-Wong, Pulkit Grover, Alan McGaughey, Rahul Panat, and Douglas Weber were awarded professorship titles in February and March 2021.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dickey named AAAS fellow
Incoming MSE Head Elizabeth Dickey has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.