Tresa Pollock

Tresa Pollock

Interim Dean, College of Engineering
​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

Fellow of: 

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


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 


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