Michael S Kesler

R&D Associate

Dr. Michael S. Kesler is an R&D Staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he has worked in the Advanced Processing Laboratory for the past 6 years. His main research foci entail thermomagnetic processing and aluminum alloy development. In 2011, Michael received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida where he studied physical and mechanical metallurgy in the Materials Science and Engineering Department under the late Dr. Fereshteh Ebrahimi. He has extensive experience in materials characterization and advanced materials processing. As an experimentalist, he has designed quenching furnaces, custom heating inserts, an in-situ neutron characterization device, and designed and characterized novel alloys in a variety of materials systems, some of which include titanium aluminides, aluminum alloys, hard magnet materials, shape memory alloys, and composites. Michael is an active TMS member and sits on the Magnetic Materials and Aluminum Committees. In his spare time, he enjoys: spending time with his partner, Tonia, and dog, Jenna; playing and watching sports; traveling; hiking; snowboarding; mountain biking; and gardening.


"Production of castable light rare earth rich light metal compositions from direct reduction processes"
US Patent 11,365,463

"High command fidelity electromagnetically driven calorimeter"
US Patent 10,782,193


TechConnect Innovation Award, Al-Ce Alloys for Additive Manufacturing (2019)

R&D100 Award: Ageless Aluminum Revolution (2017)