Carnegie Mellon University

Michael McHenry

Michael E. McHenry

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Editor, Journal of Materials Research

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Michael E. McHenry is a Professor of Materials Science and Eng., with an appointment in Physics at CMU. He graduated with a B.S. in Metallurgical Eng. and Materials Science from Case Western Reserve in 1980. From 1980 to 1983 he was employed as Process Engineer at U.S. Steel Lorain Works. In 1988 he earned a Ph.D in Materials Science and Eng. from MIT where he studied magnetic properties of quasicrystals. He was a Director's Funded Post-doctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Lab from 1988 to 1989 where he performed research on high temperature superconducting materials. He joined the faculty at CMU in 1989, and his current research interests are in the area of nanocrystalline magnetic materials. He has published over 200 scientific journal articles. He was a recipient of an NSF National Young Investigator Award and directed a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) for developing high temperature magnetic materials for aircraft power applications. He is Publication Chair for the Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) Conference. His research involves rapid solidification processing, plasma synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles and characterization of magnetic properties as a function of field, temperature and frequency. He has performed ab initio calculations on the magnetic properties of materials. He is a 1998 Honorary Member of the Indian Materials Research Society.


Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology


McHenry's research focuses on developing new magnetic materials, processes and unique designs for power converters and motors. His work looks to substantially reduce the size of industrial grid transformers and converters and motors for electric vehicles and other applications. He works on magnetocaloric cooling and sensing applications of magnetic materials as well. He serves on a NATO panel investigating materials criticality issues.


Fabrication of Thin Films for a Small Alternating Gradient Field Magnetometer for Biomedical Magnetic Sensing Applications.  N. Jones, K.L. McNerny, V. Sokalski, M. Diaz-Michelena, D. E. Laughlin and M. E. McHenry, submitted to J. Appl. Phys. (2011).
Fe-Co-Cr Nanocomposites for Applications in Self-regulated RF Heating, K.J. Miller, A. Colleti, P. J. Papi, and M.E. McHenry. J. Appl. Phys. 107, 09A313, (2010).
Novel solder-magnetic particle composites, their reflow using AC magnetic fields. A. H. Habib, M. G. Ondeck, K. J. Miller, R. Swaminathan and M.E. McHenry. IEEE Trans. Mag. 46, 2187-2190, (2010).
Application of Classical Nucleation Theory to Phase Selection and Composition of Nucleated Nanocrystals During Crystallization of Co-rich(Co,Fe)-Based Amorphous Precursors. P.R. Ohodnicki, Jr., D. E. Laughlin and M.E. McHenry, and M. Widom, Acta Mat. 58, 4804-4813, (2010).