Clayton A. Stein, Ph.D.
Materials Scientist & Researcher
Clayton Stein is a Materials Scientist & Researcher with in-depth knowledge of microstructural characterization and analysis using experimental and computational techniques. His projects include X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis, metal powder cleanliness analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for both imaging and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis, and work involving materials characterization and failure assessment using SEM/EDS/EBSD, XPS and other techniques.
Clay graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. During his time as a graduate researcher, Clay conducted multiple studies on materials testing and characterization, including “The Role of Coherent Σ3 Boundaries in Fatigue Crack Initiation in an Advanced Nickel-Base Disk Alloy,” funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. This project focused on establishing a more quantitative approach to the investigation of the influence of materials microstructure on the fatigue cracking response of an important engineering alloy. He has also held a leadership role for the Graduate Student Advisory Committee, which is composed of students in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering dedicated to representing student concerns to the faculty and advising graduate students.