C. Tasan

Thomas B. King Career Development Professor of Metallurgy
BS, MS Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, METU, 2005
PhD Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, 2010


(617) 253-3318


  • Materials Processing
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Metallurgy
  • Structural Materials


Professor Tasan explores the boundaries of physical metallurgy, solid mechanics, and in-situ microscopy, in order to provide game-changing materials solutions to environmental challenges.

He received  his Ph.D. in Mechanics of Materials from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Following postdoctoral work at Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Germany, he was appointed as a Group Leader, leading the Adaptive Structural Materials group until joining MIT in 2016.

His group at MIT mainly focuses on

  • developing high resolution multi-field mapping methods;
  • employing these methods to improve the physical understanding of the underlying transformation, deformation, damage and resetting mechanisms in nanostructured alloys;
  • creating damage-resistant and/or resettable alloy design concepts based on this improved understanding. 
There are two MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipients on the DMSE faculty.