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Copley, Stephen M.

Copley, Stephen M.

Director, Center for Innovative Sintered Products

Office phone: (814) 867-1571
Office address: 147C Research Building West
E-mail: smc21@psu.edu


Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Engineering Science, University of California at Berkeley, 1964
  • M.S., Engineering Science, University of California at Berkeley, 1961
  • B.A., Physics, University of California at Berkeley, 1959

Years of Service with Penn State

  • Jan 2014 – Present Director, Center for Innovative Sintered Products
  • Jan 2013 – Present Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Jan 2003 – Present Senior Scientist, Applied Research Laboratory
  • Jan 2003 – May 2009 Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • July 2002 – Jan 2003 Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Other Related Experience — Teaching, Industrial, Etc.

  • 2001 – 2002 Research Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1996 – 2001 Adjunct Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1996 – 1999 President and Chief Executive Officer, The Packer Group, Naperville, Illinois
  • 1990 – 1996 Professor, Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering (1995–1996), and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (1990–1995), Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1992 – 1995 Dean, Armour College of Engineering and Science, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1991 – 1992 Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Budgeting, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1976 – 1990 Professor, Departments of Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 – 1990 Kenneth T. Norris Professor, Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 – 1988 Chair (also 1975–1981), Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 – 1984 Founding Director, Master of Manufacturing Engineering Program, Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 – 1976 Associate Professor, Departments of Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 – 1970 Supervisor of Alloy & Materials Research Section; Group Leader, Alloy Design; Senior Research Associate; Research Associate, Advanced Materials Research and Development Laboratory, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Middletown, Connecticut

Recent Principal Publications

  • A. R. Nassar, R. A. Akarapu, S. M. Copley, and J. A. Todd (2012) “Investigations of Laser-Sustained Plasma and Its Role in Laser Nitriding of Titanium,” J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys., 45(185401), pp. 1–10.
  • Stephen Copley, Richard Martukanitz, William Frazier, and Michael Rigdon (2011) “Mechanical Properties of Parts Formed by Laser Additive Manufacturing,” Advanced Materials and Processes, 169(9), pp. 26–29.
  • Stephen M. Copley, Edward W. Reutzel, Terri A. Merdes, and Dennis B. Wess (2010) “Design, Manufacturing, and Testing of an Improved Watertight Door for Surface Ships,” Naval Engineers Journal, 122(4), pp. 93–103.
  • R. Akarapu, A. R. Nassar, S. M. Copley, and J. A. Todd (2009) “Numerical Model of a Laser-Sustained Argon Plasma,” Journal of Laser Applications, 21(4), pp. 163–68.
  • M. Kelly, J. Singh, J. Todd, S. Copley, and D. Wolfe (2008) “Metallographic Techniques for Evaluation of Thermal Barrier Coatings Produced by Electron Beam Physical Vapor Deposition,” Material Characterization, 59, pp. 863–70.

Consulting, Patents, and Scientific and Professional Society Memberships

  • U.S. Patent 7,824,775, Stephen M. Copley, William G. Rhoads, Chris A. Sills and Eduard S. Ventsel. Autogenously welded metallic cellular structures and methods for forming such structures (2 Nov 2010)
  • U.S. Patent 5,022,957, S. M. Copley, Hongyi Tao and J. A. Todd-Copley. Etching Process for Improving the Strength of a Laser-Machined Silicon-Based Ceramic Article (11 June 1991)
  • U.S. Patent 4,914,270, S. M. Copley, Michael Bass and Ralph Hsu. Method and Apparatus for Shaping Articles Using a Laser Beam (3 Apr 1990)
  • U.S. Patent 4,888,490, Michael Bass and S. M. Copley. Noncontacting Position Sensor (19 Dec 1989)
  • U.S. Patent 4,282,024, S. M. Copley, V. V. S. Rana and J. M. Whelan. Apparatus for Making Polycrystalline Articles (4 Aug 1981)
  • U.S. Patent 4,146,379, S. M. Copley, V. V. S. Rana and J. M. Whelan. Process for Densifying Polycrystalline Articles (27 Mar 1979)
  • U.S. Patent 3,844,727, S. M. Copley and B. H. Kear. Cast Composite Structure with Metallic Rods (29 Oct 1974)
  • U.S. Patent 3,844,728, S. M. Copley, A. F. Giamei, M. F. Hornbecker, and B. H. Kear. Gas Contacting Element Leading Edge and Trailing Edge Insert (29 Oct 1974)
  • U.S. Patent 3,752,221, S. M. Copley and A. F. Giamei. Mold Apparatus for Casting with Downward Unidirectional Solidification (4 Aug 1973)
  • U.S. Patent 3,739,835, S. M. Copley, A. F. Giamei, M. F. Hornbecker, and B. H. Kear. Process of Making Shell Molds (19 June 1973)
  • U.S. Patent 3,690,368, S. M. Copley, A. F. Giamei, M. F. Hornbecker and B. H. Kear. Casting Single Crystal Articles (12 Sept 1972)
  • U.S. Patent 3,678,988, J. K. Tien and S. M. Copley. Incorporation of Dispersoids in Unidirectionally Solidified Metals and Alloys Through Ultrasonic Pressure (25 July 1972)
  • U.S. Patent 3,598,172, S. M. Copley and A. F. Giamei. Unidirectionally Solidified Castings (Sept 1971)
  • U.S. Patent 3,598,169, S. M. Copley, A. F. Giamei, M. F. Hornbecker and B. H. Kear. Apparatus for Casting Directionally Solidified Single Crystal Disks and the Like (10 Aug 1971)
  • U.S. Patent 3,580,324, S. M. Copley, A. F. Giamei, M. F. Hornbecker and B. H. Kear. Double¬Oriented Single Crystal Castings (24 May 1971)
  • U.S. Patent 3,524,636, S. M. Copley, D. N. Duhl and B. H. Kear. Cast Single Crystal Spring Element (18 Aug 1970)

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, ASME International (2004)
  • Co-recipient, 1990 Vanadium Award, Institute of Materials, Great Britain (1990)
  • Lecturer, Institute des Technologies et des Materiaux Avances, U. Compiegne, France (1985)
  • Fellow, ASM International (1982)
  • Educational Achievement Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (1978)
  • Educator of the Year, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (1976)

Recent Institutional and Professional Service

  • Chair, Board of Trustees, ASM Materials Education Foundation, ASM International (2012 – Present)
  • Member, Committee on Science and the Arts, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA (2005 – Present)
  • Chair, Emerging Technologies Awareness Committee, ASM International (2009 – 2011)
  • Member, Gold Medal Award Selection Committee, ASM International (2008 – 2010)
  • Board of Visitors, Office of Naval Research, Department of the Navy (1993 – 1995)
  • Member, Committee on Beam Technologies, Integrated Processing Systems, National Research Council (1990 – 1992)
  • Officer, ASM International (1989 – 1992)
  • Trustee, ASM International (1986 – 1992)
  • President, ASM International (1990 – 1991)
  • Editor, Applied General and Nonferrous Physical Metallurgy, Encyclopedia of Materials Science, Pergamon/MIT Press (1986 – 1986)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Materials Science and Engineering Series, McGraw-Hill Book Company (1971 – 1974)

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