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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.


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Education History

  1. 2015

    Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering

    Carnegie Mellon University
  2. 2010

    M.S., Materials Science and Engineering

    Carnegie Mellon University
  3. 2000

    B.A., Physics

    Williams College

Professional Experience

  1. 2017 - Present
    Scientist III, Materials
    RJ Lee Group, Inc.
  2. 2010 - 2015
    Graduate Researcher, Materials Science and Engineering
    Carnegie Mellon University
  3. 2009 - 2012
    Course Assistant, Materials Science and Engineering
    Carnegie Mellon Unversity
  4. 2004 - 2007
    Teacher, Physics
    New Milford High School
  5. 2001 - 2002
    Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission)
    U.S. Teaching Assistantship Program, HLW Schrodinger School