Logo: University of Southern California

Viterbi Faculty Directory

Steve R. Nutt

Profile picture

M.C. Gill Chair in Composite Materials and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Education

  • 1982, PhD, Materials Engineering, University Virginia
  • 1977, Bachelors, Physics, University of Virginia



Biography


Dr. Nutt joined the faculty at USC in 1994 as Professor of Materials Science. He founded the M.C. Gill Composites Center in 1996 and has served as Director of the Center to the present date. Within the Viterbi School of Engineering, he has served as Sr Assoc Dean for Research (2005-6) and Chair of the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (2011-14). He also serves as co-Director of CEMMA, the Center for Electron Microscopy and MicroAnalysis (1994-present).

Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 1982
M.S., Materials Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1978
B.S., Physics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1977

Dr. Nutt received his BS degree in physics from the University of Virginia in 1977. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from the University of Virginia in 1978 and 1982, respectively. He spent two years at the National Bureau of Standards as an NRC post-doctoral research associate, followed by two years as a research professor at the HREM Facility at Arizona State University. From 1986-93 he was a member of the engineering faculty at Brown University. He currently holds the M.C. Gill Chair in Composite Materials at USC.



Research Summary


Dr. Nutt's research group focuses on processing science for fiber-reinforced composites, including experimental determination of mechanisms (resin flow, air removal, compaction) and underlying scientific principles governing production of composite laminates and composite structures.  Hallmarks of the group include in situ process diagnostics, design/build of instrumented test beds, and coupling with process modeling.  The scope of research encompasses composites for aerospace, wind energy, and automotive applications, and emphasizes prepregs and liquid molding processes.  Additional topics include high-temperature phenomena in composites, such as aging effects on mechanical performance, processing of ceramic composites and interface design.  Project support comes from industrial sponsors (~2/3), as well as from federal agencies, such as NSF, NASA, and DoD.

Awards


  • 1995 USC M.C. Gill Chair
  • 1998 American Ceramic Society Fellow of American Ceramic Society
  • 2010 25th ASC Conference Best Paper Award
  • 2011 SAMPE Conference Best Paper Award
  • 2014 USC Mellon Mentoring Award
Appointments
  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Office
  • VHE 406
  • Vivian Hall of Engineering
  • 3651 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 241

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-1634
  • nutt@usc.edu

Websites

Return to Faculty Directory