Randall M. German, professor of mechanical engineering (ME) at San Diego State University.
Randall M. German, professor of mechanical engineering (ME) at San Diego State University.

A growing number of graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled in elective PM courses covering PIM, sintering mechanics, powder-based manufacturing, and nanomaterials.

German teaches a PIM course this semester with 86 students, and his colleagues Professors Eugene Olevsky and Khaled Morsi share teaching PM courses as well and sponsored R&D projects such as spark plasma sintering, sintering solar cells, modeling sintering, novel current-activated tip-based sintering, and nanotube-reinforced aluminum composites.
The ME department is building an inventory of PM-related equipment covering vacuum sintering, microwave sintering, spark plasma sintering, microwave hot pressing, particle characterization, and compaction.