Materials Science and Engineering Colloquium
Date: September 18, 2015 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Location: Columbia University
Morningside Campus
S.W. Mudd, Room 214
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Chris A. Marianetti by sending email to or by calling 212-854-9478.
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Gabriel Ganot
(Ph.D. '12, Materials Science and Engineering), currently a consultant at Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting, will present a talk at the Materials Science and Engineering Colloquium.

Title: It Broke - Now What?

Abstract: Things break, catch fire, corrode, arc, wreck and can otherwise get mangled, damaged or just simply not work correctly for any number of reasons. Something broke, or came unglued, or just keeps cracking. How do you find out what went wrong? You have to use the scientific method, guided by a good grasp of engineering fundamentals, experience, and intuition. At Exponent, we do just that. Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm providing solutions to complex technical problems. In this talk, I will present a very quick introduction to the field of technical consulting, and then present several real failure analysis case histories illustrating the principles above. The main focus of the case histories will be on the role that materials science and engineering played in a) the failure modes themselves, and b) understanding and preventing future failures. 

Host: Chris Marianetti