Dr. Charit joined the Materials Science and Engineering program in July 2007. He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Nuclear Engineering Graduate Program. Recently, he has won “Outstanding Young Faculty Award” from the College of Engineering for year 2008-2009.
He developed and taught a new graduate course, “Microstructural Design for Advanced Materials” in spring 2009. His first M.S. student, Sean McCormick, graduated from the MSE program in July 2009.
Dr. Charit has recently won a three-year Nuclear Energy University Program (NE-UP) funding (UI portion: $336,122). In this project, Dr. Charit and students will develop a novel fabrication route for tungsten-rhenium alloys, which will have implications for the development of advanced space nuclear reactors. The project has collaborators from the Boise State University and Idaho National Laboratory.
He is also a co-PI on another NE-UP project that will focus on the creep fracture behavior of Grade 91 steels. Recently, an advanced pressure resistance welding machine has been purchased using funds from a DOE grant, which is expected to help develop new research programs in future.
Dr. Charit is involved in various outreach activities. Phillip Maddi, a student attending the 'TRIO Upward Bound Math Science (TUBMS) program, spent about two weeks in Summer 2009 working in Dr. Charit's Lab with graduate student Kalyan Chitrada on an exciting composite fabrication project.