Name:Mark A. Tschopp
Associated Centers:Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
Email: mtschopp@cavs.msstate.edu
Office:Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, 2143
Office Phone:(410) 306-0855
Alternate Phone:(770) 316-1411
Address:200 Research Blvd
Starkville, MS 39759

In addition to CAVS, I am currently working as a senior research scientist and subject matter expert with Dynamic Research Corporation on site at the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, Materials and Manufacturing Science Division, Lightweight and Specialty Metals Branch within the US Army Research Laboratory.
ARL work phone: 410-306-0855
Email: mtschopp@drc.com

PhD 2007 Georgia Institute of Technology, Materials Science & Engineering
MS 1999 University of Missouri-Rolla, Metallurgical Engineering
BS 1998 University of Missouri-Rolla, Metallurgical Engineering

Dr. Mark A. Tschopp is faculty in the Computational Manufacturing and Design group within the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University. Prior to coming to MSU, Mark received his BS (1998) and MS (1999) in metallurgical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. His DOE-funded MS thesis research examined pyrolysis defects in the aluminum lost foam casting process (advisor: Dr. Donald Askeland). After 4 years at GM Powertrain in the Advanced Materials Development Center (AMDC) and Casting Development and Validation Center (CDVC), Mark returned to academia in 2003 to obtain his doctorate in materials science and engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. His dissertation was funded through an NSF graduate fellowship and researched dislocation nucleation in single crystals and grain boundaries. In association with his graduate research, Mark received the Luther Long award in 2007 (awarded to one student in AE, CE, ME, MSE @ GT based on research) and the Sigma Xi Award for best dissertation in 2008 (awarded to five students, GT campus-wide). In 2007, Mark accepted a position as a visiting research scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratories in the Behavior and Life Prediction group, where he worked on experimental and computational projects related to microstructure-mechanics relationships in nickel-based superalloys. At CAVS, Mark has been involved in research related to nanoscale interactions in polymer systems, nuclear materials (Fe, steel alloys, Zr), and lightweight automotive materials (Mg/Al); experimental damage evolution in Al/Mg alloys; 2D/3D microstructure characterization and reconstruction; engineering design of nanoscale material models; sub-continuum uncertainty quantification; and crashworthiness simulations. Mark was recently awarded the Mississippi State University StatePride Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, research, and service to Mississippi State University.

February 2012: Seminars at PNNL, LLNL, SNL, University of Iowa, University of Florida
March 2012: AFOSR proposal for high temperature superalloy research awarded!
March 2012: MSU Press Release: CAVS studies radiation effects on nuclear reactor materials
April 2012: Seminar at Brown University
May 2012: PhD positions available
July 2012: Seminar at Army Research Laboratory, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate
July 2012: AFOSR Structural Mechanics Annual Review
August 2012: Starting position at ARL/WMRD
September 2012: Superalloys 2012
October 2012: Invited talk at MS&T 2012 on Career Mobility
December 2012: Invited seminar at Johns Hopkins University
March 2013: Four presentations (two invited) at TMS 2013
March 2013: Invited university seminar
April 2013: Accepted article on Fe-C segregation selected for cover image of MSMSE
April 2013: Invited seminar at University of Alabama
July 2013: Cryogenic SMAT paper published in Scripta Materialia
July 2013: AFOSR program review
October 2013: Accepted Met Trans A article on dendrite arm spacing in superalloys selected as Editor's Choice article
October 2013: Invited talk at MS&T 2013
November 2013: Invited seminar at California Institute of Technology
November 2013: Invited talk at ASME IMECE 2013
December 2013: CAVS News: CAVS Studies High Temperature Aerospace Materials in Modern Turbine Engines
December 2013: Accepted article on new solid state foaming process selected for cover image for Advanced Engineering Materials

Research Interest: Mark's research interests lie in theoretical, experimental, and/or computational physics/mechanics of materials over multiple length and time scales (atomistic to macroscale behavior). Past and current projects include: nuclear materials science, dislocation nucleation in single crystals and interfaces, grain boundary structure and energy, thermoplastic polymer deformation mechanisms, nanoscale material model development, design of experiments, uncertainty quantification, multiscale microstructural characterization techniques, image processing techniques for segmenting microstructural features, in situ SEM digital image correlation, quantitative stereology, crashworthiness, nanocrystalline materials, 3D material characterization, etc.

Hobbies:Indoor volleyball, sand volleyball (2's), hiking, Candy Crush Saga, making Angry Birds and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles talk for our sons

Publications: Tschopp, M. A., Miller, J. M., Oppedal, A. L., & Solanki, K.N. (2013). Characterizing the Local Primary Dendrite Arm Spacing in Directionally Solidified Dendritic Microstructures. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A. Springer US. 45(1), 426-437. DOI:10.1007/s11661-013-1985-3. [Abstract]

Tschopp, M. A., Solanki, K.N., Baskes, M. I., Gao, F., Sun, X., Khaleel, M., & Horstemeyer, M. (2012). Probing Grain Boundary Sink Strength at the Nanoscale: Energetics and Length Scales of Vacancy and Interstitial Absorption by Grain Boundaries in Alpha-Fe. Physical Review B. 85, 064108. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.85.064108. [Document Site]

Tschopp, M. A., Solanki, K.N., & Horstemeyer, M. (2011). A Generalized Framework for Quantifying Material Structure-Property Relationships and Uncertainties: Applicability to ICME. Tools Developed and Needed to Realize the Vision of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering. ASM International.

Tschopp, M. A., Horstemeyer, M., Gao, F., Sun, X., & Khaleel, M. (2011). Energetic Driving Force for Preferential Binding of Self-Interstitial Atoms to Fe Grain Boundaries over Vacancies. Scripta Materialia. 64(9), 908-911. [Document Site]

Tschopp, M. A., Spearot, D. E., & McDowell, D. L. (2008). Influence of Grain Boundary Structure on Dislocation Nucleation in FCC Metals. In J. P. Hirth (Ed.), Dislocations in Solids. 14, 43-139. [Abstract] [Document Site]

Total Publications by this Author: 147