2009 – Present: Metallurgist2009: Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Ohio State University
2005: Guest Researcher, Brazilian Synchrotron Light National Laboratory2004 – 2008: Graduate Research Associate, The Ohio State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Research Interests -Materials joining with emphasis on fusion welding and solidification, and friction stir welding -Weldability evaluation -Failure analysis and root cause investigation -Mechanical, fracture, and fatigue testing including corrosive and high temperature environments Professional Affiliations American Welding Society (AWS) International Institute of Welding (IIW) The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Awards and Honors 2012 U.S. Young Professionals Delegate AWS-IIW 2011 McKay-Helm Award American Welding Society 2010 Third Place International Metallographic Society Poster Competition 2009 NRC Postdoctoral Associate 2009 Elected to Phi Kappa Phi 2007 Project of the Year Award SERDP-DOD 2006 Henri Granjon Prize The International Institute of Welding 2003 Merit Award The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Recent Publications Interpretation and Significance of Reverse Chevron-shaped Markings on Fracture Surfaces of API X100 Pipeline Steels, J.W. Sowards, C.N. McCowan, E.S. Drexler, Materials Science and Engineering A, 551: 140 – 148 (2012). Solidification Behavior and Weldability of Dissimilar Welds Between a Cr-free Ni-Cu Welding Consumable and Type 304L Austenitic Stainless Steel, J.W. Sowards, D. Liang, B.T. Alexandrov, G.S. Frankel, J.C. Lippold, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 43(4): 1209 – 1222 (2012). Ductile-Fracture Resistance in X100 Pipeline Welds Measured with CTOA, E. Drexler, P. Darcis, C.N. McCowan, J.W. Sowards, D. McColskey, T.A. Siewert, Welding Journal, 90(12): 241-s – 248-s (2011). A New Chromium-free Welding Consumable for Joining Austenitic Stainless Steels, J.W. Sowards, D. Liang, B.T. Alexandrov, G.S. Frankel, J.C. Lippold, Welding Journal, 90(4): 63-s – 76-s (2011).