Dr. Michael Kirka is a Materials Scientist within the Deposition Science and Technology Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Michael’s current research focuses on evaluating the suitability and limitations of high temperature Nickel-base (Ni-base) superalloys for additive manufacturing processes through understanding their microstructural evolution during processing in relation to their microstructure-property relationships. Additionally, Michael work on developing heat-treatments specific to Ni-base superalloy processed via additive manufacturing. Previously, Michael’s research has focused on laser based repair techniques for Ni-base superalloy gas turbine airfoils and understanding the thermomechanical material degradation mechanisms in nickel-base superalloys exposed to service like conditions. Michael received his B.S. in materials science 2007 from The University of Michigan and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Georgia Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering in 2010 and 2014 respectively.