August 2, 2010
Pollock named Alcoa Professor of Materials
Tresa Marie Pollock, an expert in materials and structures for advanced energy and transportation technologies, has been appointed the Alcoa Professor of Materials at UC Santa Barbara.
Pollock has developed high temperature alloys that are now used in aero-turbines, and identified and investigated ultra-lightweight alloys that have potential applications in the automotive and aerospace sectors. She has also worked on methods of investigating the internal characteristics of materials, and of controlling the microstructure and properties of materials used in power generation turbines.
Pollock has been honored with membership in the National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ASM International. She is a past president of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, led a major National Academy study on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering, and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation.
Pollock has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked at GE Aircraft Engines after graduating. Pollock's academic career began at Carnegie Mellon University; she was on the faculty at the University of Michigan before joining the Materials Department at UCSB.
The Alcoa Chair in Materials was established in 1986 with the support of the aluminum company Alcoa, Inc.