James M. Fragomeni



Mailing Address                          

P.O. Box 1446                                          phone: 248- 968-0596

Royal Oak, Michigan                                      cell phone: 248-245-4843

48068-1446,   USA                    jamesmark22@hotmail.com




Professional Objective


Working in the general areas of  metallurgical engineering, material science, metallurgy, materials testing, chemistry, microscopy, mechanical behavior of materials, quality control,  product development, statistical analysis, engineering materials, statics, dynamics, machine design, machining, mechanics, metal processing, manufacturing, mathematics, fatigue and fracture. Interested in industry, research, or management position in a engineering, science, manufacturing or a related technical field.


University Education


Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, School of Mechanical Engineering,

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, August 1994; Course emphasis in mechanical metallurgy, material science, solid mechanics, and materials engineering.

Ph.D. Thesis: "A Method to Predict the Precipitation Hardening Response of Particle Strengthened Alloys."


Master of Science in Engineering, December 1989; School of Mechanical Engineering. MS course emphasis in mechanical behavior of materials, material science, and solid mechanics.

MS Thesis: "An Investigation of the Strengthening Mechanisms, Microstructure, and Processing Variables

                    of an Al-2.6wt.%Li-0.09wt.%Zr Alloy."


The University of Pittsburgh,  School of Engineering, Department of Materials Science & Engineering


Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering, with high honors, May 1985; Course emphasis in physical, process, and mechanical metallurgy, material science, advanced mathematics, and materials.

Industry Sponsored Project: "The Effect on Mechanical and Fatigue Properties Induced by Sintering Powder

                                             on Titanium, Ti-6Al-4V ELI, Substrates." Research sponsored by Dynamet, Inc.


Industry and Research Experience


Engineering Research Center (ERC), Purdue University -West Lafayette, Indiana; Nov. 1986 - Aug. 1994

Worked as a research assistant on a project sponsored  by the National Science Foundation through the Purdue University Engineering Research Center for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and the Mechanical Engineering Department.  Performed research in modeling the mechanical properties of several precipitation strengthened alloy systems such as aluminum alloy 2090,  Ni-Al, aluminum-lithium-zirconium, and aluminum 6061. Worked on project with ALCOA for the material processing of aluminum-lithium alloy 2090 and a aluminum-lithium-zirconium research alloy at the ALCOA Lafayette Extrusion Works.

Lab experience using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and MTS hydraulic tensile testing machine. Computer experience in UNIX and Fortran.


United States Steel Corporation (Gary Steel Works) - Gary, Indiana                    Aug. 1985 - Oct. 1986


Worked in the Quality Assurance Department. Involved with various projects to improve quality and production of cast steel sheet products, ingots, and plates.  Involved in the start-up of a continuous steel casting facility.  Learned continuous steel casting process, tundish and ladle metallurgy, and quality engineering. Statistical process control (SPC), SAS computer language, and process metallurgy.


Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation (Research Center) - Brackenridge, PA                        May-Sept. 1984


Worked in the Physical Metallurgy Department as a summer intern research engineer.

Worked on project using grain-size statistics to determine the grain-size distributions of grain-oriented silicon steel.  Developed Fortran computer model to predict the grain-size and distribution.


DoD-Ceramics & Metals Information Analysis Center - West Lafayette, Indiana                   Feb.-Sept. 1995


Assistant researcher at the Center for Information and Numerical Data Analysis and Synthesis (CINDAS) of Purdue University for the development of a materials databooks of the mechanical and material properties for particulate reinforced ceramic-matrix composites, and metal alloys.

Worked on a research project focusing on methods of joining ceramics to ceramics and ceramics to alloys and metals for high temperature corrosive turbine engine environment of NAVY turbine aircraft engines.


Wright Patterson Air Force Base - Dayton, Ohio                                                              June-Sept. 1998


Worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. Research involved the mechanical behavior and microstructure studies of aluminum-lithium alloys to correlate the mechanical properties to the internal structure and processing.  Studied the microstructure of aluminum-lithium alloys 2090 and AF/C458 using transmission electron microscopy and quantitative analysis.


Past Awards, Honors, Certificates, etc.

University of Pittsburgh Merit Scholarship (1981-85)

Carpenter Technology Corporation Scholarship (1982)

Univ. of Pitt. School of Engineering Honor list and Dean's Honor List (4 terms)

Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society (1981-85)

Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society: Elected to the Advisory Board as

    Inter-Honorary Council Representative. (1983-85)

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society (1985)

Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate - State of Indiana (1992)

Order of Engineer (1989)

Open Water Scuba Diver Certification (1997)

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, (1996-00)

Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Ohio University (1998-00)


Technical Society Affiliations:  SME, ASM, TMS, SAMPE, ASME, ASEE, SIGMA XI







University Experience


The University of Detroit Mercy-College of Engineering and Science, Detroit, Michigan          Sept.'00-2004


Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department.  To date have taught three classes of Manufacturing Processes (ME382), three classes of Manufacturing Processes Lab (ME383), Engineering Materials II (E582), Mechanical Metallurgy (ME563), and three classes of Machine Design I (ME390). Taught two classes of Engineering Materials I (GCT201/202), two class of Engineering  Materials II (GCT301/302) and two classes of Mechanophysics (GCS211-14,GCS316-18) at Focus Hope.  Taught two classes of Science of Materials (E317) one class of Elements of Machine Design I (ME390) and two classes of Elements of Machine Design II (ME392) at Ford Motor Company.   Publishing conference and journal papers focusing on high strength aerospace aluminum alloys.  Participated in various polymer workshops and curriculum development projects and workshops.


Ohio University ¨CCollege of Engineering and Technology, Athens, Ohio                                  Sept.¡¯97-2000.


Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Have taught five classes of Metal Processing (ME313), three classes of Thermal Design (ME417), one class of Machine Design (ME403), two classes Senior Design Lab (ME498), one class of Manufacturing Processes (ME562), two classes of Mechanical Behavior of Materials (ME563/463), and two years of student advising for Senior Design (ME499) Projects.  Graduated five Masters students in Mechanical Engineering and two PACE Senior Research Scholar.    Published journal and conference papers and wrote research proposals, and purchased a new quantitative image analysis light optical microscopy system.  Preformed compression testing of precipitation aged aerospace and aircraft aluminum alloys.  Involved in scanning and transmission electron microscopy studies of microstructure and properties of aerospace alloys 2090 and AF/C458.


The University of Alabama - College of Engineering, Tuscaloosa, Alabama                            Aug.'95-May'96


Assistant Professor in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department;  Instructor for three classes of Engineering Statics (ESM-201) in two semesters, two semesters of Particle Dynamics ESM-202), one semester class of Dynamics (ESM-264), and one semester class of Mechanics of Materials (ESM-250).  Also published and presented conference papers, and was involved in materials research and various departmental activities.


The University of Alabama - College of Engineering, Tuscaloosa, Alabama                            Aug.'96-May'97


Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace  Engineering & Mechanics. Taught four classes of Engineering Statics (ESM-201) and two semester classes of Mechanics of Materials (ESM-250).  Taught a Quest TV course for statics as part of the University distant learning program. Published and presented papers at conferences and was active in SWE and AIAA student groups.




Published over 37 technical articles at conferences

Published two NASA Technical Memorandums

Published five technical industry/research reports

Published seven journal papers as the primary/first author

Published one journal paper as the second author


Reprints of articles available upon request.



Past and Current Technical Societies Affiliations, Organizations, and Activities


American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE (1993-04)

Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, SAMPE (1992-04)

American Society for Metals, ASM (1982-04)

American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, AIME (1982-04)

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME (1989-01)

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, TMS (1999-01)

Ohio University Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering, SAMPE  (1999)

Ohio University SAMPE student chapter faculty advisor (1999)

The University of Alabama Society of Women Engineers, SWE (1996-97)

University of Pittsburgh Foundry Casting Club (1984-85)

American Society for Quality Control, ASQC (1986)

Private pilot license training (1986-88)

Purdue Student Government, PSG (1992)

Pi Tau Sigma, Ohio University (1998-00)

The American Welding Society, AWS (1998-01)

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA (1996-01)

Univ. of Pittsburgh Foundry Educational Foundation (1984-85)

Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, PSPE (1985-87)

Purdue University Habitat for Humanity (1992-93)

Northwest Indiana Knights of Columbus (1985-87)

Purdue Society of Professional Engineers, office assistant (1991-92)

National Society of Professional Engineers, NSPE (1985-96)

Indiana Society of Professional Engineers, ISPE (1992-96)

Purdue Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, SAMPE,

   mechanical engineering class representative for SAMPE (1992-93)

Purdue University SAMPE Graduate Vice President (1993-94)

Purdue University Rugby Football Club (1987)

Purdue Outing Exploration Club (1987-88)