Thomas W. Eagar

  • Professor of Materials Engineering and Engineering Systems
  • SB Metallurgy, MIT, 1972
  • ScD Metallurgy, MIT, 1975

Materials Systems and Analysis; Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials; Metallurgy; Structural Materials

Thomas W. Eagar


Improvements in the reliability of fabricated materials require a better understanding of the physics and the chemistry of the processes that are used. Although most of Prof. Eagar's research involves welding and joining, an increasing amount of work involves other aspects of materials manufacturing and engineering systems.

Examples of recent research include:

  • Fundamentals of transient liquid phase diffusion bonding as applied to composites, superalloys and electronic packaging
  • Control of melting during gas metal arc welding
  • Effects of welding fume on health of workers
  • Stresses generated during joining of dissimilar materials
  • Improved methods of dimensional analysis of materials processing
  • Design, forming and assembly of automotive body components
  • Methods for successful product design and development