Carnegie Mellon University

David Laughlin

David Laughlin

Courtesy Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
ALCO Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


David Laughlin is the ALCOA Professor of Physical Metallurgy, a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and also has an courtesy appointment on the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of CMU. He is also the Editor, Metallurgical and Materials Transaction. David is a graduate of Drexel University (1969) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1973). He is the recipient of the G. T. Ladd Teaching Award (1975) and the B. R. Teare Award for Excellence in Engineering Education (1999). He is a co-recipient of the outstanding research award in 2003 in the college of Engineering. He has authored more than 400 technical publications in the field of phase transformations, physical metallurgy and magnetic materials, and has coedited five books.


PhD, 1973 
Metallurgy and Materials Science 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BS, 1969 
Metallurgical Engineering 
Drexel University


The research interests of David E. Laughlin have centered on the investigation of phase transformations and the structure of materials by means of transmission electron microscopy. He has studied spinodal decomposition and ordering processes in several aluminum, copper and nickel based alloys as well as in III-V compounds by detailed analysis of their microstructure as well as electron diffraction patterns. Since 1986 he has been investigating the magnetic properties and microstructure of soft magnets (HITPERM), hard magnets (FePt and CoPt) and magnetic thin films for recording media and heads.