Tresa Pollock

Tresa Pollock

​Alcoa Distinguished Professor of Materials




(805) 893-3810
2524 Engineering II

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Member of : 

National Academy of Engineering; German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (GASL)

Fellow of: 

The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS); German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina


William D. Nix Award, TMS; Acta Materialia Gold Medal; Institute of Metals/Robert Franklin Mehl Award, TMS; AIME Champion H. Mathewson Award. AIME/TMS;​ Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME); Silver Metal, ASM International; Jeffries Lecture, ASM International; Elected Honorary Member, French Society of Metallurgy and Materials (SF2M) 


Structural Materials

Pollock's research interests include the mechanical and environmental performance of materials in extreme environments, unique high temperature materials processing paths, ultrafast laser-material interactions, alloy design and 3-D materials characterization. Her recent research has focused on thermal barrier coatings systems and platinum group metal-containing bond coats, new intermetallic-containing cobalt- base materials, vapor phase processing of sheet materials for hypersonic flight systems, growth of nickel-base alloy single crystals with a new liquid tin-assisted Bridgman technique, development of new femtosecond laser-aided 3-D tomography techniques and development of models for Integrated Computational Materials Engineering efforts.


PhD Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS Metallurgical Engineering, Purdue University