Ji Ma

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Office location and address
395 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Ji Ma an assistant professor within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research focuses on microstructural control and materials design of additively manufactured metallic alloys, patient-specific medical alloys and devices, and stimulus-response materials. He is the co-founder and president of Adallo, a medical devices startup.

Lattice instability and room temperature hyper-diffusion in metastable phase-transforming alloys
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
July 01, 2021 – June 30, 2025
Extending the Fatigue Life of Al-Mg and Mg-Al alloys through Physics Based Design and Control of Morphogenic Instabilities During Key Stages of Corrosion Damage Evolution
Source: U.S. DOD - Darpa
March 11, 2022 – March 10, 2024
Metal Additive Manufacturing for biofilm formation study
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
December 15, 2021 – December 14, 2022
Single-step additive manufacturing of thermoelectric devices guided by machine learning and high throughput characterization
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
June 01, 2020 – August 31, 2022
Additive Manufacturing of Thermally Stable Freeform Optical Reflectors Through Engineered Composites
Source: II-VI Foundation
July 01, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Novelty Cages Accommodating Individual Endplate Architecture
Source: Regents of the University of Colorado
July 11, 2019 – August 31, 2020
ENGR 1624: Introduction to Engineering
Credits: 4
Cornerstone course for first-year SEAS undergraduates, introducing them to engineering practice and design philosophy, via exposure to open-ended, realistic , hands-on challenges. Students engage in both individual and team work, and consider the contexts in which engineering challenges arise. SEAS majors and potential career paths are also introduced. Students who have taken ENGR 1620 or 1621 or both, can't enroll in ENGR 1624.
MSE 2090: Introduction to Materials Science
Credits: 3
The field of Materials Science drives technological innovations underlying all engineering fields. This course provides a scientific foundation to promote a rigorous understanding of materials from an atomistic to macroscopic viewpoint. Material systems (polymers, metals, ceramics, and electronic) are developed sequentially to provide a framework to explain the fundamental, physical origins of observable and important macro scale properties.
MSE 2200: Introduction to Additive Manufacturing and 3-D Printing
Credits: 3
This course introduces state-of-the-art 3D printing and additive manufacturing techniques for metals, polymers, ceramics, and other materials. Students will be familiarized with both the fundamental science and industrial process, and learn critical limitations and current development efforts to resolve existing challenges. The course will develop a basic understanding for future engineers in working with existing additive manufacturing systems.
ENGR 2993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Special tutorial with a topic declared in advance. The topic, work plan, and conditions are arranged by contract between instructor and student and approved by the department Chair, with a copy to be filed in the department office.
MSE 3060: Structures and Defects of Materials
Credits: 3
Basic materials structure concepts are developed, include bonding and crystallography. The structure-property paradigm is illustrated through discussion of the frequently anisotropic properties of crystalline solids, such as elastic moduli, thermal expansion, magnetic properties, and the piezoelectric effect. Descriptions of important defects in crystalline solids, from point defects, to dislocations, to interfaces are introduced along with the thermodynamic and kinetic principles that govern their interactions and roles during materials processing, such as annealing, aging, and sintering. Applications are made to a broad range of materials, from structural alloys to so-called "smart materials" used in sensors and actuators. Prerequisite: MSE 2090 and APMA 2120 or instructor permission.
MSE 4960: Special Project in Materials Science and Engineering
Credits: 1–6
A fourth year project in MSE, under the supervision of a faculty member, is designed to give undergraduate students an application of principles learned in the classroom. The work may be experimental or computational, and the student is expected to become proficient in techniques used to process, characterize, or model materials. The project should make use of design principles in the solution of a problem. Six hours in lab per week, notebook. Prerequisite: 4th year standing and prior approval by a faculty member who is project supervisor.
MSE 9999: PHD Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.