Advanced Materials and Mechanics Laboratory

Michael Kimiecik


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, 2010 UC Berkeley

Research Interests

My research focuses on the microstructure and micromechanics of shape memory alloys (SMAs), using Nickel-Titanium as a model material. Currently, I am examining the superelastic properties of this SMA on the microstructural length scale. I am particularly interested in the relationship between length scales ranging from sub-grain transformation at the microscale to macroscale localized transformation banding and characteristics. Future plans include the investigation of fatigue and similiarities in the microscale transformation heterogeneity that may occur with repeated loading.

Journal Publications

  • M. Kimiecik, J.W. Jones, S. Daly. A New Methodology for Tracking Phase Transformation in SMAs at the Microstructural Length Scale. Materials Letters, 95:25-29, 2013. PDF file
  • Shahnazari, M., Yao, W., Dai, W., Wang, B., Ionova-Martin, S. S., Ritchie, R. O., Heeren, D., Burghardt, A. J., Nicolella, D. P., Kimiecik, M. G. Higher doses of bisphosphonates further improve bone mass, architecture, and strength but not the tissue material properties in aged rats. Bone 46, 1267-1274 (2010).

Magazine Publications

  • . Kimiecik, J.W. Jones, S. Daly. Quantitative Analysis of Phase Transformation in Ni-Ti Shape Memory Alloys. Advanced Materials & Properties, April 2013, Vol 171, No 4 2013. PDF file