Robert Spitzer

Associate Professor of Materials Engineering

Contact Information

Office: ARMS 2329
Phone: +1 765 49-44108
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

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Research Interests

Thermodynamics and rate phenomena provide the fundamental basis for quantitative modeling of metallurgical processes. Solutions of locally-applicable equations with appropriate boundary conditions produce simulations of processes of industrial interest. Computer models describe system response for process simulation, control, and optimization. Computer graphics give visual confirmation of the calculations. Areas of interest include practical applications of nucleation and growth, phase transformations, reaction kinetics, solidification, and corrosion.

Rate phenomena
Chemical metallurgy
Computer simulation of metallurgical processes



  • B.S. Chemistry 1962, Xavier University
  • M.S. Met.E 1965, Carnegie Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. 1966, Carnegie Institute of Technology

Research Interests


  • MSE 190 Introduction to Materials Engineering
  • MSE 230 Structure and Properties of Materials
  • MSE 340 Transport Phenomena
  • MSE 522 Rate Phenomena in Process Metallurgy
  • MSE 576 Corrosion