Aaron Kueck, Ph.D., P.E.

Manager, Failure Analysis & Metallurgical Engineering

Aaron earned his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley studying grain boundary engineering and crack path modification of monolithic SiC ceramics, and his Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.

Aaron has experience working with many material classes and characterization techniques, including corrosion/biocompatibility, SEM/EDS, TEM, FIB, X-ray techniques, mechanical testing, and failure analysis. His specialities include medical device testing, corrosion and biocompatibility, ceramics, fatigue testing and microscopy.

At IMR Test Labs, Aaron has been involved with several large litigation projects and helps customers design materials evaluation tests since he joined the team in 2012.

Originally from the Milwaukee area, Aaron moved around the country for school and jobs. He's spent time in China, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand as well as visiting 40 US states and parts of Canada. In his free time, he likes to hike with his wife Hilary and young son Finn, garden, and brew beer.

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Published Works:

  1. Byrne CJ, Kueck AM, Baker SP, Steen PH. In situ manipulation of cooling rates during planar-flow melt spinning processing. Materials Science & Engineering A 2007, 459, pp. 172-81.
  2. Kueck AM, De Jonghe LC. Two-stage sintering inhibits abnormal grain growth during b to a transformation in SiC. Journal of the European Ceramic Society 2008, 28, pp. 2259-64.
  3. Kueck, A. M., Kim, D. K., Ramasse, Q. M., De Jonghe, L. C., Ritchie, R. O. Atomic-resolution imaging of the nanoscale origin of toughness in rare-earth doped SiC. Nano Letters 2008, 8, pp. 2935-2939.
  4. Kueck, A. M., Ramasse, Q. M., De Jonghe, L. C., Ritchie, R. O. Atomic-scale imaging and the effect of yttrium on the fracture toughness of silicon carbide ceramics. Acta Materialia 2010, 58, pp. 2999-3005.
  5. Saffari P, Kueck A, Chinubhai A, Senthilnathan K, Vien L, Pelton A. Factors causing compressive damage-induced cracking in Nitinol. MPMD Conference Proceedings 2011.
  6. Sengupta A, Papadopoulos P, Kueck A, Pelton A. On phase transformation models for thermomechanically coupled response of Nitinol. J Comp Mech 2011, 48 (2), pp. 213-227.