James Coakley

Asst. Professor

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James Coakley is an assistant professor in the University of Miami College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. A leader in aerospace alloys, he has particular expertise in relating the microstructure evolution that occurs both during alloy processing and during the lifetime of the component to the concomitant change in mechanical properties.

Prior to joining the College, Coakley was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Northwestern University and the University of Cambridge. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University College Dublin and earned his PhD in materials science and engineering at Imperial College London.



2010Ph.D. Metallurgy, Imperial College London
2006B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin

Professional Experience

2014 - 2018Voluntary Collaborator, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
2014 - 2017Marie Curie Research Fellow, Northwestern University & the University of Cambridge
2011 - 2014Postdoctoral Research Associate with Lecturing Responsibilities, Imperial College London
2011 - 2011Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Research Interests

Structural materials. Additive manufacturing. Material processing. Microstructure evolution. Mechanical properties. Materials modelling. Electron microscopy. Atom probe tomography, in-situ and ex-situ neutron and X-ray diffraction and small angle scattering. Data analysis protocols.

ANNOUNCEMENT: A fully funded Ph.D. position is available immediately. Interested candidates should email their CV for review.