David Poerschke named McKnight Land-Grant Professor

Assistant Professor David Poerschke is among ten recipients of the 2022-2024 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. This University-wide program seeks to advance the careers of the most promising junior faculty members who have potential to make significant contributions to their departments and scholarly fields. Recipients were chosen based on merit, professional promise, quality of publication record, and originality and innovation in research achievements.

Poerschke was awarded for his research on accelerated design of new materials to survive extreme environments. Meeting society’s energy and environmental challenges requires resilient new materials that possess the right combination of mechanical and functional properties, and the capability to survive high temperatures and stresses without melting, fracturing, or deteriorating. Poerschke’s group synthesizes new materials, measures their properties, and tests them in extreme environments. By coupling these experiments with analytical and computational models to understand why materials fail, Poerschke's research accelerates the discovery of durable new metal alloys, ceramics, and composites.