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 (CMU) since 1995 and was the Department Head 1995-2000. Prior to CMU he worked for the University of California at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (1979-1995). He spent ten years in management with five years as a Group Leader (and then Deputy Division Director) at Los Alamos, followed by five years as Department Head at CMU (1995-2000). The main focus of his research is on the measurement and computational prediction of microstructural evolution especially in three dimensions. His interests include strength of materials, constitutive relations, microstructure, texture, anisotropy, grain growth, recrystallization, formability and stereology.

He was the Chair of the International Conference on Texture (ICOTOM-15), which was held on campus at CMU June, 2008 and is a member of its International Scientific Committee. From 2001-2013 he was the Chair of the International Committee of the conference on Grain Growth and Recrystallization that is held every three years; the next meeting will be in Pittsburgh in 2016. He was a co-Chair of the 13th International Conference on Aluminum and its Applications, which was held on campus at CMU in June 2012. He is a co-author of the texture analysis package popLA, and the polycrystal plasticity code, LApp; he is also a contributor to the Dream.3D software package and the well-known textbook Texture & Anisotropy edited by Kocks, Tomé and Wenk.


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


Additive manufacturing, especially 3D printing of metals; statistical methods for describing and constructing microstructures in three dimensions; microstructure-property relationships in crystallographically textured materials; grain boundaries, their anisotropic properties and their impact on microstructural evolution; grain growth and recrystallization; structure and properties of nano-laminate composites; computer simulation of microstructural evolution and properties of materials; texture- and interface- sensitive properties, e.g. strength, fatigue resistance, corrosion resistance.


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