Corinne Packard Research Group School Of Mines School Of Mines

September 2016

Taylor Wilkinson's article, "Indentation recovery in GdPO4 and observation of deformation twinning," has been published in AIP Advances (Vol.6, Issue 9).


Ryan Plessinger & Ryan Matheison received Undergraduate Research Fellowships and will be assisting the Ge and GdPO4 projects.


August 2016

Dustin accepted an invitation to judge the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) poster session at NREL


July 2016

Noor was awarded a scholarship for the fifth International School on Materials for Energy hosted by the Ettore Centere in Erice, Italy.


Anna Braun (summer intern) presented her work at the REMRSEC REU poster session.


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June 2016

Former summer intern (2015), Chloe Castenada, was awarded a spot on in the Fall 2016 SULI at NREL. Her efforts will focus on quantum dots and device applications.


May 2016

Anna Braun (undergraduate) joined the research group in the REMRSEC REU. She will assist Dustin on the project for controlled spalling for cost effective III-V solar cell applications


March 2016

Dr. Packard and Matt Musselman traveled to the Advanced Photon Source (APS) syncrotron at Argonne National Lab. Working with the High Pressure Collaborative Access Team (HPCAT) they performed in-situ time-resolved X-ray diffraction experiments at high pressure in a Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC). A sincere thanks goes to our experienced collaborator at Oak Ridge National Lab, Dr. Bianca Haberl.


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February 2016

A post-doctoral position has just become available to work collaboratively between the Colorado School of Mines and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a high visibility project that concerns the characterization of defects and interfaces in high-efficiency, low-cost III-V photovoltaic materials. Please see the Opportunities page for more details.


January 2016

Dong Wu (Post-Doc) and Noor Alkurd (PhD program, Materials Science) joined the group.


Cassi Sweet's paper published in Applied Physics Letters, "Controlled exfoliation of (100) GaAs-based devices by spalling fracture"


Cassi Sweet defended her PhD thesis.


December 2015

Research group attended Fall MRS, giving three talks and a poster. Matt Musselman's poster was nominated for the Outstanding Poster Award.


November 2015

Dr. Packard featured in CASE (College of Applied Science and Engineering) newsletter


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October 2015

Dr. Packard gave a talk at MS&T, "Pressure-induced transformation in rare-earth orthophosphates."


August 2015

Taylor Wilkinson was awarded Outstanding Poster at the 2015 CCAC Annual Conference.


As part of the NSF program Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future, a research collaboration group was awarded $1.5 million over 4 years investigating piezoelectric materials. The principal investigator Geoff Brennecka is joined by fellow professors Corinne Packard, Vladan Stevanovic, Cristian Ciobanu, Paul Constantine, and Andriy Zakutayev from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


May 2015

Dustin Crouse joined the research group pursuing his Master's in Materials Science.


February 2015

Taylor Wilkinson published 'Optimizing nano-dynamic mechanical analysis for high-resolution, elastic modulus mapping in organic-rich shales' in the Journal of Materials Science. One of her images was used as the cover art for the journal.


March 2015

Dr. Packard was elected Vice Chair of the Nanomechanical Behavior Committee for TMS at the last annual meeting.


May 2014

Matt graduated with his Engineering Physics B.S. Degree and will continue with group in the Materials Science PhD program.


February 2014

Dr. Packard is mentioned in the Denver Business Journal's "People on the Move" column.


Dr. Packard has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her research "Controlling Pressure-Induced Transformation in Rare Earth Orthophosphates." Read the article here.


January 2014

Dr. Packard has been selected to receive a 2014 TMS SMD Young Leader Professional Development Award at the upcoming TMS Annual Meeting.


Undergraduates Tim Wilson and Skylar Zilliox have been awarded undergraduate research fellowships for the spring semester.



December 2013

Former post-doc, Mukesh Kumar, has started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar.



November 2013

Taylor Wilkinson successfully defended her Masters of Science thesis in Metallurgical and Materials Engineeing, titled "High-Resolution, Mechanical Property Mapping in Oil Shales."



October 2013

Dr. Packard gave an invited talk - "Residual Stress and Mechanical Properties in Transparent Conducting Oxide Contacts for Photovoltaics.' at the CU Boulder MCEN Graduate Seminar.



September 2013

Undergraduates Tim Wilson and Skylar Zilliox have been awarded undergraduate research fellowships for the fall semester.



August 2013

Cassi Sweet received 1st and 2nd place awards in the Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics Scientific Art Contest.



June 2013

Post-doctoral associate, Dr. Mukesh Kumar, has accepted a position as an Applications Engineer at Hysitron, Inc.


Undergraduate researcher, Matt Musselman, was featured in Energy and the Earth on p. 12.



May 2013

Undergraduate researchers, Kayla Raddant Rankin, Anthony Martinez, and Ray Oberbroeckling have accepted positions at Timken Company as a Steel Business Associate, Honeywell Aerospace as a Material and Process Engineer, and Paterson & Cook for a summer internship, respectively.



March 2013

Dr. Packard gave an invided talk at the TMS Annual Meeting in March on tuning electronic tunneling using depth-controlled nanoindentation. A publication detailing this work has been accepted at the Journal of Materials Research.



December 2012

Congratulations to Cassie Sweet on graduating with her Master of Science in Material Science this fall. She joined the group and will be working on a project funded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory concerning 1-Sun III-V photvoltaics.



July 9, 2012

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Corinne Packard recently secured a new NSF grant to infuse modules on the ethics of nanotechnology into the undergraduate LAIS curriculum. Read the article here.


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June 2012

Dr. Corinne Packard co-authored an article featured in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. The article, Determining Activation Volume for the Pressure-Induced Phase Transformation in β-Eucryptite Through Nanoindentation, was also authored by fellow researchers Subramanian Ramalingam and Ivar E. Reimanis. Read the article here.


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May 22, 2012

While on campus prior to the spring 2012 commencement (at which he delivered the keynote address) Dr. Craig Barrett, retired chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Intel Corporation, toured several labs and discussed current projects with Mines researchers, including a presentation on nanomechanics research from Dr. Corinne Packard. Read the article here.


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August 9, 2011

Joe Carloni, summer intern in the REMRSEC REU program, received the "Best Technical Presentation" award for his poster presentation given on August 5th. He followed up by attending the Conference of Research Experiences for Undergraduates Student Scholarship, hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). His research was focused on the mechanical properties of weathered photovoltaic concentrator PMMA lenses.


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June 24, 2011

Grant Klafehn (2nd row, 3rd from left) and three other CSM students from the REMRSEC attended the press conference held by Sen. Michael Bennet to unveil a report from Coloradans for an Innovation Economy. The report discussed economic competitiveness in the areas of aerospace, renewable energy, and bioscience. The meeting was held at the Sierra Nevada Corp. headquarters in Louisville. Photo credit, R J Sangosti, Denver Post.


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June 6, 2011

Dr. Corinne Packard appeared in an article of Energy and the Earth, explaining her work at Colorado School of Mines and NREL, and giving an overview of her area of focus. Photo credit, Tom Cooper, Lightbox Images. Article on pp. 46-47


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