Joel Clark

Professor Emeritus of Materials Systems
BS/MS Engineering Science, Florida State University, 1966, 1970
ScD Metallurgy and Materials Science, MIT, 1972
SM Management, MIT, 1975
Room E38-410


(617) 253-6885


(617) 258-7471


  • Materials Systems and Analysis


Prof. Clark's current research involves analysis of the relationship between technology and economics in materials industries. The long term objectives of this research are twofold: (1) to establish a comprehensive and consistent framework for analyzing the markets for minerals over the next 10-20 years, and the costs of supplying these markets, (2) to apply this framework to the study of the dynamic behavior of supply, demand, and prices in specific materials markets. He aims to create a framework that can answer questions such as: How will the future costs and properties of new materials affect the competitive positions of existing materials industries, and how will they impact end use markets?; What would be the likely supply and demand responses in the event of significant supply or price disruptions and/or cartel actions?

Robert H. Richards, the first department head, appears in The Technologists, a 2012 novel by Matthew Pearl.