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
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, 2021
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 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.