Aaron Stebner

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Headshot of Dr. Aaron Stebner outdoorsDr. Aaron Stebner joined the Mines faculty in 2013 with an appointment to the Mechanical Engineering department. He also advises students through the interdisciplinary Materials Science and Advanced Manufacturing programs.

He received his BS and MS from the University of Akron, his PhD from Northwestern University and a Graduate Certificate in Management from Kellogg School of Management. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology. In between degrees, he worked at the Electric Device Corporation in Canfield, Ohio, developing manufacturing and automation technologies for the circuit breaker industry; at NASA Glenn Research Center developing smart materials technologies for morphing aircraft structures; and at Telezygology Inc. establishing manufacturing and “internet of things” technologies for shape memory alloy-secured latching devices. Stebner also consults regularly for shape memory alloy and additive manufacturing medical and aerospace industries. He has won numerous awards, including an NSF-Career award (2014), Economic Developer of the Year award for Jefferson County, Colorado (2016), the Colorado School of Mines Researcher of the Year Award (2017), and a Visiting Professor Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Preservation of Science (JSPS, 2019). Stebner was the founding Director of the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT), a 20-member academic–industry research consortium for data informatics technologies to advance metals additive manufacturing. 

Stebner serves as a board member of the ASM International Organization on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST) and as an international advisory committee member of the International Conference on Martensitic Transformations (ICOMAT). His research group is part of the joint industry–government–academia Consortium for the Advancement of Shape Memory Alloy Research and Technology (CASMART). Stebner also performs research projects in the DOE-sponsored IACMI Manufacturing USA Institute.

Selected Publications

  • Hou, H., Simsek, E., Ma, T., Johnson, N.S.,  Qian, S., Cissé, C., Stasak, D., Al Hasan, N., Zhou, L., Hwang, Y., Radermacher, R., Levitas, V.I., Kramer, M.J., Asle Zaeem, M., Stebner, A.P., Ott, R.T., Cui, J., Takeuchi, I. “Fatigue-Resistant High-Performance Elastocaloric Materials Made by Additive Manufacturing” 2019, Science, 366:1116–1121, 10.1126/science.aax7616.
  • Gallmeyer, T.G., Moorthy, S., Kappes, B.B., Mills, M.J., Amin-Ahmadi, B., Stebner, A.P. “Knowledge of Process-Structure-Property Relationships to Engineer Better Heat Treatments for Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufactured Inconel 718,” 2019, Additive Manufacturing, 31:100977, 10.1016/j.addma.2019.100977.
  • Hommer, G.M., Park, J.-S., Brunson, Z.D., Dahal, J., Kenesei, P., Mashayekhi, A., Almer, J.D., Vignes, J., Lemmer, S.R., Clausen, B., Brown, D.W., Stebner, A.P. “A Planar Biaxial Experiment Platform for In Situ High-Energy Diffraction Studies,” 2019, Experimental Mechanics, 59:749–774, 10.1007/s11340-019-00509-z.
  • Bucsek, A.N., Pagan, D.C., Casalena, L., Chumlyakov, Y., Mills, M.J., Stebner, A.P. “Ferroelastic Twin Reorientation Mechanisms in Shape Memory Alloys Elucidated with 3D X-ray Microscopy,” 2019, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 124:897–928, 10.1016/j.jmps.2018.12.003.
  • Cousins, D.S., Suzuki, Y., Murray, R.E., Samaniuk, J.R., Stebner, A.P. “Recycling Glass Fiber Thermoplastic Composites from Wind Turbine Blades,” 2019, Journal of Cleaner Production, 209:1252–1263, 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.10.286.
  • Amin-Ahmadi, B., Noebe, R.D., Stebner, A.P. “Crack Propagation Mechanisms of an Aged Nickel-Titanium-Hafnium Shape Memory Alloy,” 2019, Scripta Materialia, 159:85–88, 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2018.09.019.
  • Kelly, A., Stebner, A.P., Bhattacharya, K. “A Micromechanics-Inspired Constitutive Model for Shape Memory Alloys that Accounts for Initiation and Saturation of Phase Transformation,” 2016, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 97:197–224.

Recent Courses

  • Machine Design
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Nonlinear Solid Mechanics