Carnegie Mellon University

Anthony D. Rollett

Anthony D. Rollett

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

  • Wean Hall 3313
  • 412-268-3177
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Prof. Rollett has been a Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University since 1995 and before that was with the Los Alamos National Laboratory. His most recent honors were the Member of Honor of the French Society of Materials (SF2M) in 2015, the Edgar C. Bain Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of ASM International in 2016, and the appointment as US Steel Professor of Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 2017. He is a member of the Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee and the Defense Programs Advisory Committee (Dept. of Energy).


M.A., Cambridge University (UK)
Ph.D., Drexel University


Rollett's research focuses on microstructural evolution and microstructure-property relationships in 3D, using both experiments and simulations. Interests include 3D printing of metals, materials for energy conversion systems, strength of materials, constitutive relations, microstructure, texture, anisotropy, grain growth, recrystallization, formability and stereology. Relevant techniques highlight spectral methods in micro-mechanics, Dynamic X-ray Radiography and High Energy Diffraction Microscopy. Important recent results include definition of process windows in 3D printing through characterization of porosity, 3D comparisons of experiment and simulation for plastic deformation in metals, the appearance of new grains during grain growth, and grain size stabilization.  


Recent Publications

“Simulation Domain Size Requirements for Elastic Response of 3D Polycrystalline Materials”, Tugce Ozturk, Clayton Stein, Reeju Pokharel, Christopher Hefferan, Harris Tucker, Sushant Jha, Reji John, Ricardo A. Lebensohn, Peter Kenesei, Robert M. Suter, Anthony D. Rollett, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, accepted (2015).

"Tutorial: Consistent representations of and conversions between 3D rotations" by Rowenhorst, D., Rollett, A.D., Rohrer, G.S., Groeber, M., Jackson, M., Konijnberg, P., De Graef, M., Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, accepted (2015).

“Evolution of texture and microstructure in deformed and annealed Copper-Iron multilayer” by K.S. Suresh, Anthony Rollett, and Satyam Suwas, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, accepted (2015).

“Annealing Twins in Nickel Nucleate at Triple Lines During Grain Growth”, B. Lin, Y. Jin, C.M. Hefferan, S.F. Li, J. Lind, R.M. Suter, M. Bernacki, N. Bozzolo, A.D. Rollett, G.S. Rohrer, Acta Materialia, 99, 63-68 (2015); doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2015.07.041.

“Abnormal Grain Growth in the Potts Model Incorporating Grain Boundary Complexions that Increase the Mobility of Individual Boundaries”, W.E. Frazier, G.S. Rohrer, and A.D. Rollett, Acta Materialia, 96, 390–398 (2015); doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2015.06.033.

“Simulation of Residual Stress and Elastic Energy Density in Thermal Barrier Coatings Using Fast Fourier Transforms”, S.P. Donegan and A.D. Rollett, Acta Materialia, 96, 212–228 (2015); doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2015.06.019.

"Evaluating the Effect of Processing Parameters on Porosity in Electron Beam Melted Ti-6Al-4V via Synchrotron X-ray Microtomography", Ross Cunningham, Sneha P. Narra, Jack Beuth, and A.D. Rollet, accepted for publication in JOM (2015).


  • Member of Honor of the French Metallurgical Society in 2015
  • Cyril Stanley Smith award from TMS in 2014
  • Chercheur d'Excellence (Outstanding Researcher) at the University of Lorraine in Metz, France in 2012
  • Brahm Prakash Professor at the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) in 2011
  • Fellow of TMS in 2011
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) in 2004
  • Howe Medal (Best Paper in Metallurgical & Materials Transactions) in 2004
  • Fellow of ASM-International in 1996
  • Award for Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratories Consortium in 1989