Cem Tasan will join the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in January 2016. He holds a BSc and MSc from Middle East Technical University, both in metallurgical and materials engineering, and a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology in mechanical engineering. Tasan was previously a group leader in adaptive structural materials at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, where he had also been a post-doc working on micro-plasticity at phase boundaries of multi-phase steels. He explores the boundaries of physical metallurgy, solid mechanics, and analytical microscopy in order to provide structural materials solutions to environmental challenges. His interests in micro-mechanically guided design of damage-resistant alloys and simulation-guided design of healable alloys have many applications for problems in energy and the environment.