Materials Club Hosts Industry Group Banquet

SOCORRO, N.M. February 17, 2012– The Materials Club at Tech is hosting a banquet for the Albuquerque chapter of ASM International on Wednesday, featuring a talk by Dr. Graham Walsh of EMRTC.

 Graham Walsh (in cap) with MythBusters Grant Imahara (left) and Tory Belleci and former Tech student Justine Davidson.

The special event is held annually to give Tech students an opportunity to interact with professionals in the field of materials science.

Walsh’s presentation will focus on one particular experiment conducted for the MythBusters television show. In 2010, he helped the “Build Team” test the urban myth about making diamonds at home. The MythBusters busted several recipes for making homemade diamonds, then came to New Mexico Tech to learn how to make diamonds using explosives.

Walsh will discuss the background information of the conversion of graphite to diamond under shock loading. He will also touch on the phases of carbon, as well as the simple tools used to predict dynamic pressures, shock induced heating of the carbon powders, and how EMRTC scientists transform graphite into diamond. Ultimately, some of the science behind the show will be brought to light.

Also, two graduate students will give short presentations about their research. Master’s student Sara Waters and doctoral student Mekan Ovezmyradov will talk about their work.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and presentations at 7 p.m. The event will be in the third floor ballroom of the Fidel Center. Tickets are $20 for professionals; students are free. The deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 20. To register, contact Jacob Kolar at (804) 519-3623 or jkolar@nmt.edu.

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