Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Susan Krumdieck earned the PhD from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999 in Mechanical Engineering. Her PhD project involved developing a new chemical vapor deposition process aimed at reducing the energy input, toxic waste production, and providing a low cost method of depositing ceramic thermal barrier coatings on complex shapes such as gas microturbines. A high temperature barrier coating allows engines to run hotter, increasing fuel efficiency. Dr. Krumdieck has been conducting research to model and explore the deposition method she developed, Pulsed-Pressure Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition, with the aim of commercial deposition tool production.
Dr. Krumdieck joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Canterbury in 2000 to pursue her interests in sustainable energy systems and advanced materials. She was the recipient of the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Top Researcher Award in 2009. Susan received a prestigious RSNZ Marsden Fund Research Grant in 2003 to study the mass transport regime in PP-MOCVD, and a FRST grant in 2007 to develop numerical modeling capability for the process.
Susan has a good record of attracting funding for her novel research ideas, garnering more than $3 million NZD in research funding to date. She has published 76 peer reviewed papers, has three patents, and has been an invited keynote speaker at more than 85 workshops, conferences and seminars in the past four years. She also has a large group of research students (10 PhD’s currently) and two brilliant children.
Process science and engineering end of biomaterials, manufacturing implants