John S. McCloy

Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University

About me

Ever since walking into my Grandfather's aeronautics laboratory at the University of Illinois at the age of 5 I dreamed of being an engineer. While I did not become the space geologist I thought sounded cool at age 10 (yet), I have had the privilege of doing quite a few different things in my career so far. I have had the chance to work as an engineer in design, manufacturing operations, and test environments in the microelectronics and aerospace industries. I then worked on the Development side of R&D for several years in industry before going to a Department of Energy national laboratory to work on the Research side of R&D. Five years later I found myself as a professor at Washington State University, fulfilling a dream of being able to teach as well as carry out research. Along the way I have held roles in line management and project management, leading multi-disciplinary teams, and even performed anthropological field work on occupational and corporate culture. As a materials scientist and engineer, I waffle between intense interest in fundamental scientific issues and the economic necessity of applying knowledge and engineering technology. My diverse background has given me broad technical experience, but fundamentally I see the world through the lens of a classically trained materials scientist. Over the years I have worked in cryogenics, infrared optical ceramics and glasses, nuclear waste forms, magnetic nanoparticles, and nuclear steels. I often collaborate with mechanical, electrical, and nuclear engineers, geologists, chemists, and physicists, as we have overlapping interests areas. At home I enjoy gardening and botany, mineralogy and rock collecting, and having adventures with my family.


Professional experience

Research Interests

Because of my diverse background, my interests encompass broad areas of materials science and adjacent areas in physics, chemistry, & engineering.

My current intellectual interests revolve around the role of structural & chemical disorder in materials & the resulting emergent novel properties.