Matthew L.S. Zappulla

Ph.D. Candidate
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Professor Brian G. Thomas

Office Address: W470I Brown Hall

E-mail:  Zappulla@mines.edu

Research Interests: Solid Mechanics, Computational Modeling, Solidification Behavior, Material Failure, Energetic Materials

 

Research Area:

Surface Defect Formation, Solidification Defects, Solid Mechanics, High Temperature Material Behavior

Education:

B.S.

Mechanical Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

May 2012

M.S.

Technology Management

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

May 2013

M.S.

Mechanical Engineering

w/ Computational Engineering Certificate

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

August 2016

Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Spring 2020

(Expected)

Positions Held:

Graduate Research Assistant
August 2016 – Present
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Adjunct Instructor: Solid Mechanics
Spring 2018
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Graduate Teaching Fellow: Manufacturing Processes

Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

 

Teaching Assistant: Intellectual Property

Spring 2016

Dept. of Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Teaching Assistant: Managing Innovation

Fall 2015

Dept. of Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Graduate Research Assistant
May 2012 – August 2016
Dept. of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Undergraduate Research Assistant
March 2011 - May 2012
Dept. of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Awards and Honors:

Willy Korf Award for Young Excellence

Willy Korf Foundation, American Metals Market, conferred New York, NY, July 2018

Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Colorado School of Mines, conferred Golden, CO, January 2018

Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Colorado School of Mines, conferred Golden CO, August 2017

Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Colorado School of Mines, conferred Golden, CO, August 2016

Professional Affiliations:

ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Member)

TMS – The Material Society (Member)

AIST – The Association for Iron and Steel Technology (Member)

Professional Licenses:

Professional Engineer Intern (Illinois)

Explosives License (Illinois)

Selected Publications:

Zappulla, M.L.S., Thomas, B.G., “Surface defect formation in steel continuous casting”, in: THERMEC’ 2018. Paris, France, July 2018.

 

Zappulla, M.L.S., Hibbeler, L.C., and Thomas, B.G., “Effect of Grade on Thermal-Mechanical Behavior of Steel during Initial Solidification”, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, August 2017, Vol. 48, Issue 8, pp 3777-3793 (Link)

 

Zappulla M.L.S., Thomas B.G. (2017) “Thermal-Mechanical Model of Depression Formation in Steel Continuous Casting” In: TMS T. (eds) TMS 2017 146th Annual Meeting & Exhibition Supplemental Proceedings. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series. Springer, Cham (Link)

 

Thomas, B.G., Cho,S., Jin, K., Vanka, S.P., Yang, H. Zappulla, M., Xiaolu, Y., Taha, A., Koric, S., “Transient Two-Phase Flow and Electro-Magnetic Field Effect in Steel Continuous Casting”, Blue Waters Annual Report 2016 (Link)

Zappulla, M.L.S., “Grade effects on thermal-mechanical behavior during the initial solidification of steel”, Master’s Thesis, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016 (Link)

Thomas, B.G., Jin, K., Vanka, P., Yang, H. Zappulla, M., Koric, S., Taha, A., “Dynamics of Argon Bubbles in Steel Continuous Casting with a Magnetic Field”, Blue Waters Annual Report 2015 (Link)

Presentations:

 

Zappulla, M.L.S., “Modeling Surface Defect Formation during Solidification in the Mold”, Presented to Continuous Casting Center Annual Meeting, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, August 2017

Zappulla, M.L.S., Thomas, B.G. Thermal-Mechanical Model of Depression Formation in Steel Continuous Casting, Presented to The Material Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2017

Zappulla, M.L.S.,Modeling of Depression Formation during Solidification in the Mold”, Presented to Continuous Casting Center Annual Meeting, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, August 2016

Zappulla, M.L.S., Investigation Observations: Modeling of Depression Formation in the Mold, Presented to ArcelorMittal-Dofasco Global R&D, Hamilton, ON, CA, September 2015

Zappulla, M.L.S., Finite Element Modeling of Depression Formation during Initial Solidification of Steel, Presented to Materials Interest Group, The University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, September 2015

Zappulla, M.L.S.,Modeling of Depression Formation during Solidification in the Mold”, Presented to Continuous Casting Consortium Annual Meeting, The University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, August 2015

Zappulla, M.L.S., and L.C. Hibbeler, “Grade Effects on Initial Solidification and Mold Taper Design in Continuous Casting”, Presented to SSAB Americas - Research and Development, Montpelier, IA, September 2014

Zappulla, M.L.S.,Grade Effects on Initial Solidification in Continuous Casting”, Presented to Continuous Casting Consortium Annual Meeting, The University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, August 2014