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James M. Fitz-Gerald

Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Office location and address
Wilsdorf Hall
395 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
​B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Lowell
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 1995
​Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 1998
Biography

James M. Fitz-Gerald (Jim) is an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering.  He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida in 1998 followed by post-doctoral studies at the Naval Research Laboratory.  At this time he is a co-author on over 90 refereed journal and conference proceedings, 30 invited talks, over 120 contributed presentations, and has co-founded three companies. His research and teaching interests are broad, overlapping in the mechanical and biomedical communities. Material processing through rapid stimulation represents a common thread.  

Particular emphasis in areas of interest: in situ characterization of laser generated plume dynamics for pulsed laser deposition, nanoscale powder coatings, thin films for drug delivery, magnetic thin films, growth and characterization of luminescent thin films, surface engineering, mechanical and electrochemical investigations of additively manufactured components, and corrosion mitigation strategies for bulk and thin film materials.


Efficacy and Safety of Combining Heat Induction and Laser Ablation for the Removal of Potentially Hazardous Bridge Coatings
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
July 01, 2021 – December 31, 2023
Evaluating Formability of Aluminum Matrix Nanocomposite Materials for Flow Formed Aircraft Fuselages - Cecelia Mulvaney
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
September 01, 2021 – August 31, 2022
Analysis and Application of Treatments to Mitigate Exfoliation Corrosion (Delamination) of 5XXX Series Aluminum
Source: Luna Innovations, Inc.
September 01, 2020 – May 01, 2022
Aluminum Alloy Design and Synthesis for Additive Manufacturing
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
September 01, 2019 – March 31, 2022
Formation and Stability of Eutectic Nanostructures in Laser-Irradiated Particle Suspensions
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
October 01, 2017 – August 31, 2021
Developing Selective Magnetic Fields using Additive Manufacturing_Urig
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
December 01, 2017 – February 15, 2020
Analysis and Application of Treatments to Mitigate Exfoliation Corrosion (Delamination) of 5XXX Series Aluminum
Source: Luna Innovations, Inc.
December 12, 2018 – December 11, 2019
Aluminum Alloy Design and Synthesis for Additive Manufacturing
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
October 01, 2017 – October 31, 2019
Effect of Defects in Selective Laser Melted Inconel 718
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
October 01, 2017 – October 31, 2019
EN-MSE Welding of ASTM A1010 Steel
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
August 01, 2016 – October 31, 2019
Real-TIme Monitoring of Laser Surface Preparation Process for Improved Bonding_Ledesma
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
September 26, 2017 – December 31, 2018
MSE-Active Corrosion Protection of Magnesium Alloys Via Functional Anodic Coatings
Source: U.S. DOD - Army
December 16, 2013 – December 15, 2018
Implementation of coating Removal Technique for Steel Components on VDOT Bridges
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
July 01, 2016 – October 31, 2018
EN-EE Real-Time Monitoring of Laser Surface Preparation Process for Improved Bonding GRA Rodolfo Goyzueta
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
January 01, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Effect of Defects in Selective Laser Melted Inconel 718_Koscielny
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
June 01, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Aluminum Alloy Design and Synthesis for Additive Manufacturing
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
July 01, 2017 – October 31, 2017
EN-MSE-An Investigation of Corrosion Product Formation and Micro-galvanic Activity on Laser Processed Magnesium Alloys in the Aerospace Industry
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
June 01, 2016 – May 31, 2017
Surface Characterization and Identification
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
January 01, 2013 – December 31, 2013
Effects of Laser Processing on Shipyard Materials
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
April 15, 2012 – April 14, 2013
ENGR 1620: Introduction to Engineering
Credits: 3
ENGR 1620 is a cornerstone course for first year engineering students. They are introduced to the philosophy and practice of engineering through hands-on experience in developing solutions for various open-ended, realistic challenges while considering the various contexts in which these challenges occur. Students will also learn about the majors SEAS offers and receive advisement about careers, plans of study, and major declaration. Prerequisite: First year enrollment in SEAS; exceptions are by instructor permission.
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 4210: Materials Processing
Credits: 3
This course examines the fundamental principles of physics, chemistry, materials science, and manufacturing which underlie the making, shaping, and fabrication of engineering components from casting and deformation processing (e.g. rolling, extrusion, forging) of metals, to powder processing of metals and ceramics, to polymer injection molding, to thin-film processing and lithography relevant to microelectronic circuit fabrication.
MAE 4502: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 3
Applies basic engineering science, design methods, and systems analysis to developing areas and current problems in mechanical engineering. Topics vary based on student and faculty interest. Prerequisite: Fourth-year standing.
MAE 4511: Mechanical Engineering Special Project
Credits: 2
Individual survey, analysis, or apparatus project in the mechanical engineering field, concluded with the submission of a formal report. Subject originates with students wishing to develop a technical idea of personal interest. One hour conference per week. Prerequisite: Professional standing and prior approval by a faculty member who is project supervisor. Prerequisite: fourth year standing.
ENGR 4595: Special Topics in Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Advance projects course to be taken in parallel with STS 4010, 4020, or can be used for an advanced undergraduate course on a topic not covered in the course offerings. Prerequisite: instructor permission.
ENGR 4599: Special Topics in Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: 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 6120: Characterization of Materials
Credits: 3
Provides a fundamental understanding of a broad spectrum of techniques utilized to characterize properties of solids. The methods used to assess properties are described through integration of the basic principles and application. Methods more amenable to analysis of bulk properties are differentiated from those aimed at measurements of local/surface properties. MSE 3670 or equivalent, or a solid state materials/physics course.
MSE 8970: Graduate Teaching Instruction-M.S.
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
MSE 8999: Masters Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
EP 8999: Master's Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
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.
ECE 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
EP 9999: Ph.D. Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.

Recipient of a Mead Endowment Award, Experiential Learning at the University of Virginia, Lacy Hall: Student - Led Programs”, given in recognition of undergraduate mentoring beyond the classroom in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences 2016

Recipient of the Henry Kinnier Award given in recognition of undergraduate mentoring beyond the classroom in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, from the Mead Endowment 2013

Recipient of the Hartfield-Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize in recognition of excellence in undergraduate teaching in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, from the Jefferson Scholars Foundation 2013

Conference Program Chair of 2013 International Meeting of the American Vacuum Society: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing, http://www.avs.org/, Long Beach, CA 2013

Recipient of the Undergraduate Teaching Award in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science 2001