Casey Gilliams

Casey Gilliams

PhD Candidate, Mathaudhu Research Group
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering


Casey Gilliams is a PhD candidate with the Mathaudhu Research Group in the Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). She graduated with her BS in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Florida in 2017. She completed her MS with the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC) at CSM in 2022. Her masters thesis focused on the optimization of quench and partitioned steels, particularly with respect to processing, microstructure, and performance. Her current area of research focuses on nanocrystalline materials. She is interested in heat treatment, formability, and failure analysis.


  • BS in Materials Science and Engineering, Minor in Packaging Sciences, University of Florida, 2017
  • MS in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2022
  • PhD in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, In Progress
Awards And Achievements
  • GAANN (Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need) Fellow (January 2022-Present)
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (May 2015-May 2017)
  • Vladimir Grodsky Scholarship (Fall 2015)
  • Richard G. Connell Scholarship (Spring 2015)
  • UF-HHMI Science for Life Intramural Undergraduate Research Award (April 2014-April 2015)
  • Southern Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Recipient (August 2013-May 2017)
  • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Recipient (August 2012-May 2017)



Phrenic Motoneuron Loss Following Cervical Spinal Cord Injury, Reier Lab – (August 2013-May 2016) Poster
SwRI UTSR Gas Turbine Industrial Fellowship Program, Siemens Energy – (May 2016-July 2016) Poster  Report

Failure Analysis of Turbine Components, Fuchs Lab – (August 2016 – May 2017)
MS – Optimization of Processing, Microstructure, and Performance of Q&P Steels, ASPPRC – (August 2017-August 2022)
PhD – Mechanical Behavior of Nanocrystalline heterostructural Materials  

Research Interests
  • Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy
  • Formability
  • Heat Treatment Design
  • Experimental Characterization
    • Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, Electron Backscatter Diffraction


Del Molino, E., Arribas Telleria, M., Gilliams, C.,  Arlazarov, A., González, J.J., De Moor, E. and Speer, J.G. Influence of Ni and Process Parameters in Medium Mn Steels Heat Treated by High Partitioning Temperature Q&P Cycles. Metall Mater Trans A (2022).


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