R. Edwin García is a Professor at the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1996), and both his MS in Materials Science (2000) and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (2003) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He conducted postdoctoral work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (2003-2005). Dr. Edwin García joined Purdue University in 2005 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate (2011) and then Full Professor (2015).
Prof. García has coauthored more than 100 papers, 2 book chapters, 12 public and closed source scientific software platforms, one US patent, and 12 patent applications. He has coauthored more than 130 contributed presentations and posters and more than 110 invited presentations. He has been an ACerS member since 2000, and is the current vicechair of the Basic Science Division. He received the Coble award in 2007, and the Erskine Fellowship in 2013 and 2018. His research group focuses on the development of theories and algorithms to design materials and devices. The aim is to provide principles and guidelines that will lead to experiments and processing operations with improved properties, performance, and reliability. Recent research areas include the prediction of equilibrium and kinetic properties in ferroelectric ceramics, electrochemical properties in ionic ceramics and interactions between charged point defects and grain boundaries, and generalities of microstructural evolution. Current efforts include the modeling of the microstructural evolution and degradation mechanisms in ionic ceramics for structural and energy applications, including rechargeable batteries, electric field assisted sintering, and data analytics of thermodynamic and kinetic properties.