Professor and Head of Materials Engineering
David Bahr received his B.S. and M.S. in materials engineering from Purdue in 1992 and ’93 respectively, and a Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Minnesota in 1997. He then worked briefly at Sandia National Laboratories before joining the faculty of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, also in 1997.
His research spans a range of materials-reliability issues, from hydrogen embrittlement to high strain MEMS, to dislocation nucleation in metals. In addition to work in metallic systems, he has investigated deformation mechanisms. and mechanical properties in piezoelectric thin films, polysilicon, molecular organic crystals, and natural and cellulosic composites.