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Baumer, Ph.D.

Phone: 903.233.3918
Email: RichardBaumer@letu.edu

  • Department Chair, Welding/Materials Joining Engineering

  • Assistant Professor & Omer Blodgett Chair of Welding/Materials Joining Engineering


  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
  • B.S. Engineering – Materials Joining Concentration, LeTourneau University, 2008


2017-Present     LeTourneau University
                          Assistant Professor of Welding/Materials Joining Engineering

2016-2017         The Dow Chemical Company
                          Senior Engineer, Dow Automotive Composites R&D

2013-2016         The Dow Chemical Company
                          Senior Engineer, Core R&D and Dow Automotive Composites R&D

2008-2013        Graduate Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                          National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2009-2013)
                          MRS Silver Graduate Student Award, Fall Meeting 2013, Boston, MA
                          Best Poster Award, MRS Fall Meeting 2010, Boston, MA
                          Summer Graduate Research Fellow 2010, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
                          Livermore, CA

Courses Taught

  • MJEG 3114 – Materials Science of Joining
  • MJEG 4304 – Joining Processes and Power Systems
  • MJEG 4404 – Joining of Advanced Materials
  • MJTC 4214 – Joining of Metals
  • ENGR 1311 – Manufacturing Processes Laboratory
  • ENGR 4813/4823 – Senior Design
  • LETU 1101 – Cornerstones

Advising & Sponsoring

  • Faculty Investigator for Materials Joining Engineering Senior Design
    • Team 1: Welding Procedure Development for Super Duplex Stainless Steels
    • Team 2: Heat Affected Zone Softening in Resistance Spot Welding of Dual Phase (ferritic/martensitic) steels
    • Team 3: A Physics-based Model for Weldability of Bulk Metallic Glasses
  • Faculty Sponsor to American Welding Society LETU Student Chapter

Research Interests

  • Welding metallurgy in advanced ferrous and non-ferrous alloys
  • Bulk metallic glasses and glass physics
  • Welding/joining processes
  • Carbon fiber reinforced composites
  • Atomic-scale computer simulations of materials

Selected Publications