Welcome to the Burns Research Group website! Here you will find information regarding current research, group members, and our lab facilities.

The Burns Research Group is a member of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering, which operates inside of the Materials Science and Engineering Department here at UVA. Our research is primarily directed towards investigating environmental fracture in structural metals, including ultra-high strength steels, 5xxx and 7xxx-series aluminium, and Ni-based superalloys. In particular, the group strives to understand how the environment influences the properties and performance of these structural metals.

The Burns Research Group is actively recruiting for a position that starts in Spring 2016! This open position will be focused on investigating the effect of high altitude environments on fatigue crack growth in aerospace aluminium alloys. So, if you find environmental cracking as interesting as we do, then please check out our future openings under the "Research" section!

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Recent News

  • 8/2015 – Allison Popernack joins the Burns Research Group! Welcome to the team!

  • 7/2015 – Matt McMahon joins the Burns Research Group! Welcome to the team!

  • 6/2015 – Patrick Steiner joins the Burns Research Group! Welcome to the team!

  • 5/2015 – Prof. Burns presented a talk at E08 - 15th ASTM/ESIS International Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics (40th ASTM National Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics) in Anaheim, CA.

  • 4/2015 – Ryan Donahue successfully defended his Masters Thesis! Congratulations Ryan!