Georgia Tech researcher to discuss MRI engineering research

Published: Mar 5, 2010 5:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334-844-3447

Haskell W. Beckham, professor of polymer, textile and fiber engineering at Georgia Tech, will present "Where's the Water: MRI Applications in Materials Science and Engineering" at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2010 in 1103 Shelby Center. His seminar is part of the Samuel Ginn MRI Distinguished Lecture Series presented by Auburn University's MRI Research Center. Founded in 2009, the series brings leaders in the field of magnetic resonance imaging to Auburn's campus to interact with faculty and students.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is well-known for its applications in the medical field. However, there are many other applications. Georgia Tech researchers have focused on the development and application of magnetic resonance methods in materials science and engineering, with a particular emphasis on engineered fibrous substrates.

Beckham will present selected examples demonstrating how researchers have used MRI quantitatively, which is critical for engineering applications, to characterize water distribution and flow in porous materials.

Beckham earned his bachelor's degree from Auburn University and doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduation, he was a National Science Foundation fellow and later a Humbolt postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. His research interests include synthesis and characterization of cyclic, threaded and supramolecular polymers and the application of magnetic resonance methods to polymers and fibrous substrates.