Jeffrey Rickman earned undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics from Miami University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. He joined Lehigh University in 1993 after postdoctoral appointments at the University of Michigan (1991-1993) and Argonne National Laboratory (1989-1991). He was promoted to Professor (2005) in the Departments of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering, and has received the Harold Chambers Junior and Class of ’61 Professorships. He is currently an editor for both Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia. Dr. Rickman is the author of approximately 150 publications and has received several honors, including: Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi memberships, the National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the Culler Prize (Miami University). He is also a Fellow of ASM International.
Dr. Rickman first joined the American Ceramic Society in 1998 and has been active in both the Basic Science and Electronics Divisions. He has served as an organizer and program chair for the Electronic and Advanced Materials (EMA) meetings in 2019 and 2020, and as a member of the Sossman Committee in 2019. Moreover, he co-organized materials informatics symposia at MS&T 2020.
Dr. Rickman has numerous interdisciplinary research interests. These interests include: 1.) the application of materials informatics to analyze big data problems in materials science, such as the characterization of abnormal grain growth in ceramic oxides and the prediction of the plastic response of high-entropy alloys; 2.) the description of kinetics and pattern formation associated with phase transitions; 3.) the modeling of dislocation dynamics and its impact of plastic behavior; and 4.) the quantification of the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of internal interfaces.