Samuel M. Allen

POSCO Professor Emeritus of Physical Metallurgy

Contact Info

Office Phone: 617-253-6939
Office: 8-211


Professor Samuel M. Allen’s research involves a combination of theoretical modeling and experimental studies relating to solid-solid phase transformations and the evolution of microstructure in materials. Much of his work has been devoted to the study of order-disorder transformations and structure-property relations of alloys, including studies of deformation of intermetallic compounds, the structure and properties of interfaces, and the use of computer-calculated phase equilibria for solving practical alloy design problems. His research also included the development of ferromagnetic shape-memory alloys for applications in high-stroke actuators, and the study of titanium-tantalum alloys for medical implants. He is also interested in the art and craft of blacksmithing; he co-taught the freshman advising seminar 3.A04 (Physical Metallurgy) for many years.