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About Ralph E. Napolitano

The primary mission of the Napolitano Group for Alloy Solidification and Physical Metallurgy is to investigate the dynamic processes of crystal growth and morphological evolution during solidification and other transformations in metallic alloys. In the pursuit of these goals, the group is engaged in a variety of experimental and computational research efforts in areas of alloy thermodynamics, interfacial behavior, heat and mass transport, nucleation and growth kinetics, microstructure, and associated properties.


Present Professor, Iowa State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Present Scientist, Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University


Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Alan and Julie Renken Professorship, Iowa State University, 2009-Pres.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Iowa State University, MSE Department, 2009.
  • Young Engineering Faculty Research Award, Iowa State University, 2006.
  • Excellence in Research Award, Iowa State University, MSE Department, 2004.
  • Inducted: Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni, Georgia Inst. of Tech., 2000.
  • NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Council, 1996.
  • Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Chapter, 1996.
  • Student Leadership Scholarship for International Study, Georgia Tech Alumni Assoc., 1995.
  • SAIC Paper Competition Winner, Science Applications International Corporation, 1995.
  • ASM Leadership Award, ASM International, Atlanta Chapter, 1995.
  • NSF Traineeship for Composites Research, National Science Foundation, 1994.
  • TMS Symposium on Superalloys Scholarship, The Minerals, Metals, and Mat. Soc., 1994.
  • Inducted: Alpha Sigma Mu Honorary MSE Fraternity, Georgia Tech Chapter, 1993.
  • Grodsky Outstanding Senior Scholarship, University of Florida, MSE Department, 1989.

Contact Information

2220 Hoover
528 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-9101
Fax: 515-294-5444


Peer-Reviewed Articles (18)

Conference Proceedings (4)

Technical Reports (1)