Casey Gilliams

Casey Gilliams

PhD Candidate, Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC)
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering


Casey Gilliams is a PhD candidate with the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center in the Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines. She graduated with her BS in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Florida in 2017. Her area of research focuses on the optimization of quench and partitioned steels, particularly with respect to processing, microstructure, and performance. She is interested in heat treatment, formability, and failure analysis.


  • BS in Materials Science and Engineering, Minor in Packaging Sciences, University of Florida, 2017
  • PhD in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, In Progress
Awards And Achievements
  • 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)
Optimization of Processing, Microstructure, and Performance of Q&P Steels, ASPPRC – (August 2017- Present)
Research Interests
  • Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy
  • Formability
  • Heat Treatment Design
  • Experimental Characterization
    • Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, Electron Backscatter Diffraction


  • In Progress


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1500  Illinois Street
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401