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Richard D. Sisson
- Dean of Graduate Studies
- Professor, Mechanical Engineering
- George F. Fuller Professor Mechanical Engineering
- Affiliated with:
- Director of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
Richard D. Sisson, Jr. is dean of graduate studies, George F. Fuller Professor, and director of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering at WPI. He is also the principal investigator (PI) for several projects in WPI’s Center for Heat Treating Excellence. Professor Sisson has been with WPI for 30 years. In addition, he has taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and has been a research metallurgist with DuPont Savannah Laboratory and a staff engineer with Exxon Chemical Company.
Professor Sisson received his BS in metallurgical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1969, MS in 1971. In 1975 he earned a PhD in materials science and Engineering from Purdue University. Professor Sisson's main research interest is the application of the fundamentals of diffusion kinetics, modeling, and thermodynamics to the solution of materials problems. He is currently working on modeling the surface-treating of steels and heat-treating aluminum alloys. He has also worked on the effects of deposition-process parameters on the microstructure and cyclic thermal stability of partially stabilized zirconia thermal barrier coatings, and the effects of sub-gamma prime solvus dwells and supersolvus heat up rates on the grain coarsening behavior of a variety of superalloys.
His research has resulted in over 200 publications and another 200 technical presentations. In addition, Professor Sisson has been recognized by WPI for his excellent teaching and research with the inaugural Chairman’s Exemplary Faculty Prize 2007. He has also been recognized with Virginia Tech College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence 2006 and at WPI as the ME Outstanding Advisor, awarded Morgan Worcester Distinguished Instructorship for 2006. He was the WPI Trustees Award winner as Teacher of the Year on 1987. He has advised 12 PhD students and more than 50 MS students. Professor Sisson is a Fellow of ASM International.
- Heat Treating
- Materials Processing
- Surface Engineering
- Green Manufacturing Processes
- BS, Virginia Tech, 1969
- MS, Purdue University, 1971
- PhD, Purdue University, 1975
- M. Yang, B. Yao, Y.H. Sohn, R.D. Sisson, Jr., “Simulation of the Ferritic Nitriding Process”, International Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering, Vol.5, No3, 2011, pp122-126.220.
- M. Yang, R.D. Sisson Jr., “Modeling the Nitriding of Steel”, submitted to Journal of ASTM International, 2011.
- Liang He, Yuan Xu and Richard D. Sisson, Jr., “Modeling the Carbonitriding of Steel”, submitted to Journal of ASTM International, 2011.
- Bowang Xiao, Qigui Wang, Gang Wang, Richard D. Sisson, Jr., Yiming Rong, “A New Method to Accurately Determine Heat Transfer Coefficient Distribution during Air and Gas Convection,” Applied Thermal Engineering, Volume 30, issue 17, pp 2815-2821, 2010.
- Virendra S. Warke, Richard D. Sisson, Jr., Makhlouf M. Makhlouf; “FEA A Model for Predicting the Response of Powder Metallurgy Steel Components to Heat Treatment”, Materials Science & Engineering A, 518 (2009) pp7-15.
Labs and Centers
- Center for Heat Treating Excellence
- WPI, Chairman’s Exemplary Faculty Prize 2007
- Virginia Tech College of Engineering, Academy of Engineering Excellence 2006
- WPI, Trustee’s Award as Teacher of the Year 1987
- Fellow of ASM International 1993
- President of ASM's Heating Society 2007 - 2009
- DR RDS. DIRECTED RESEARCH/GRADUATE
- ME 4832. CORROSION&CORROSION CONT
- ME 5326. ADVANCED THERMODYNAMICS
- ME 593. SPECIAL TOPICS
- MFE 500. CURRENT TOPICS IN MFG SEMINAR
- MFE 594. SP TOP:COATNG & SURFC TREATMNT
- MTE 526. ADVANCED THERMODYNAMICS
- MTE 550. PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS IN MATERIALS
- MTE 580. MATERIALS SCI & ENG SEMINAR
- MTE 594. CORROSION & CORROSION CONTROL