Brian P. Gorman is a Professor in the George Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. Brian joined The American Ceramic Society and was inducted into Keramos while he was an undergraduate student in 1993. He joined the faculty at Mines in 2009 after previously teaching at the University of North Texas. Brian completed B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Dr. Gorman is also a Sr. Research Scientist at the Aerospace Corporation, has previously worked at Texas Instruments and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and spent sabbaticals at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Sydney. Along with his colleagues, he helped establish a Ceramic Engineering bachelor’s degree at Mines in 2023.
Professor Gorman is passionate about undergraduate education and has taught many different courses during his time in academia. His lectures emphasize basic science concepts that are applied to industrial applications. Over the past two decades, Brian routinely taught undergraduate atomic structures and diffraction as well as particulate materials and ceramic forming. Most recently, he has been focused on giving ceramic engineering students hands-on experiences with sintering and glass science that incorporate design of experiments.
His research has been focused on structure – property relationships in ceramics using a combination of TEM and Atom Probe Tomography. With this nifty toolbox, his group has worked on problems related to microelectronics, quantum computation, dielectrics, nuclear fuels, ion conductors, and geochemistry. In 2022, he co-authored a book on the future of materials characterization titled Atomic Scale Analytical Tomography. Most recently, Brian has focused on utilizing ceramics to address climate change through enhanced mineralization and is actively working to commercialize this technology. He has given 150 invited lectures, published 250 peer reviewed articles, and holds 4 patents. Brian views his students as his best work.