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Metallography, Microstructure, and Analysis

Metallography, Microstructure, and Analysis

Application and Innovation for Metals, Alloys, and Engineered Materials

Editor: Ryan M. Deacon

ISSN: 2192-9270 (electronic version)

Journal no. 13632

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Introduction of New Associate Editor

Ms. Amber Dalley 

Ms. Amber M. Dalley, Ogden, Utah, has joined the Metallography, Microstructure, and Analysis (MMA) editorial staff as associate editor, announced Dr. Ryan Deacon, editor of MMA. “I am pleased that Ms. Dalley is joining the editorial team,” Dr. Deacon said. “Her experience in materials characterization, electron microscopy, and failure analyses will complement the technical background of the journal’s current editorial staff. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Dalley to MMA.”
Amber Dalley earned her M.E. degree in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University. She then worked as a Research Engineer for R.J. Lee Group, using scanning and transmission electron microscopy to perform materials characterization on a wide variety of materials. Her next post was as a Senior Materials Engineer at Concurrent Technologies Corporation, where she evaluated effects of forming and heat-treatment on microstructures, including single crystal superalloys. She consulted on projects such as the master money plates at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and performed electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) studies of nickel-based superalloys. Ms. Dalley was most recently employed as a Research Consultant at U.S. Steel, with more than 18 years of service at the Research and Technology Center performing failure analyses and materials recommendations for a wide range of mill-related equipment applications. During this time, she was an instructor for in-house technical courses, and was instrumental in establishing specifications and testing protocols for copper components and overhead lifting chain.
While earning her B.S. in Mathematics at Utah State University (USU), she designed and built a materials science experiment that flew aboard Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-4) in USU’s Get-Away Special #1 Canister. She also worked on solid rocket motors at Morton-Thiokol, Inc., in Promontory, Utah.
Ms. Dalley serves on the Board of Directors of the Failure Analysis Society, the newest affiliate society of ASM International. She is the 2012 recipient of the IMS Buehler Technical Paper of Merit Award for her paper “Full-Thickness Decarburization of the Steel Shell of an Annealing Furnace.” The article was published in the February 2012 issue of Metallography, Microstructure, and Analysis. Ms. Dalley is a member of ASM International, the International Metallographic Society, and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).
Ms. Dalley joins Dr. Elvin Beach, who has been an MMA associate editor since 2013.

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    The journal Metallography, Microstructure, and Analysis publishes original, peer-reviewed research articles on engineered materials, which are defined as both processed and inorganic. The journal focuses on the art and science of preparing, interpreting, and analyzing microstructures for the purpose of understanding material behavior and performance, and serves as a forum for engineers and scientists to exchange the latest information regarding the evolution of microstructures in a variety of materials. 

    Topics focus on the role of microstructure in engineering processes and materials properties. Specifically, the journal publishes contributions that discuss the ways in which microstructures can influence, or arise from:  

    1) Mechanical and thermal processing of metals, alloys, and ceramics 

    2) Environmental degradation (such as oxidation and corrosion)

    3) Welding, casting, and solidification processes

    4) Additive or digital manufacturing techniques

    5) Failure of engineering structures, and

    6) Electronic materials.

    In addition to these general topics, the journal covers a wide range of more specialized materials science and metallurgy issues, such as the characterization of building materials, archaeometallurgy, high-strain-rate phenomena, tribological surfaces and interfaces, superplasticity, and radiation effects. Also of interest are new and alternative techniques for microstructural examination and analysis (including metallography, ceramography, and microscopy), computer-aided microstructural analysis, and techniques for physical and chemical analysis as they relate to microstructure.

    Contributions that present a complete treatment of a microstructure, from its formation to preparation techniques to interpretation and analysis, are especially of interest to the journal.

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