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Metallurgy, Materials science, Steelmaking, Careers in science, Engineering careers, Science memoir, Expert witnesses

Adventures of a Materials Scientist
Academician, Consultant, Expert Witness with Emphasis on the Steel Industry
by Robert D. Pehlke

This book describes the professional experiences of a materials scientist, as an academic and a consultant. From research laboratories and university classrooms, to the engineering departments of major corporations, to large law firms and the courtrooms where the cases of their clients are being tried, Dr. Pehlke demonstrates his deep knowledge of the field of materials. Dr. Pehlke’s consulting activities, described as "from steelmaking to suture needles," present a vast array of materials challenges, including medical devices such as the Bjork-Shiley heart valve, materials process design, steel plant engineering and the prevention of dangerous explosions. The variety of consulting assignments and Dr. Pehlke’s often pivotal involvement make a wonderful read for those interested in materials science and engineering consulting.

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Robert D. Pehlke is Professor Emeritus of Materials Science at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He studied at the University of Michigan (B.S.E. 1955, Metallurgical Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.M. 1958 and Sc.D. 1960, Metallurgy) and at the Technical University, Aachen, Germany as a Fulbright Fellow, 1956-57. He was Visiting Professor at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan in 1994. For more than 40 years (1960-2002), he taught at the University of Michigan and served as department chairman from 1973 to 1984. Dr. Pehlke’s research career has produced more than 300 publications including 11 books, and he has received numerous awards. He has consulted with many major corporations all over the world, and has participated in more than 100 legal cases as an expert witness.


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