Tresa Pollock

Alcoa Distinguished Professor
Materials Department
University of California, Santa Barbara

Room location: 
2524 Engineering II
pollock [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
(805) 893 3810


  • Ph.D. (1989), Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • B.S. (1984), Metallurgical Engineering, Purdue University


Professor Pollock is a world-renowned expert in the science and technology of advanced structural alloys with applications in aerospace, energy and automotive industries.  She holds degrees from Purdue University (B.Sc. 1984) and MIT (Ph.D. 1989). Her professional career started at GE Aircraft Engines, where she worked in the development of advanced superalloys for gas turbine engines.  In 1991 she joined the MSE faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was Alcoa Professor until 1999.  In 2000 she moved to the University of Michigan, where she held the L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professorship of Materials Science and Engineering. In 2010, she joined the Materials Department at UCSB where she is now serving as Chair of the Department.

Links to: Materials Research Lab