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Don Lucca

Don Lucca


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1982

M.S.E., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Princeton University, 1979

B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cornell University, 1976

Research Interests

  • Surface mechanics/surface engineering
  • Nanomechanical properties of materials
  • Ion-solid interactions
  • Precision engineering
  • Ultraprecision manufacturing and synthesis processes 

Awards and Recognition

  • Valedictorian, St. Joseph High School, Hammonton, NJ, 1972.
  • John McMullen Scholar, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1972-76.
  • Wire Awareness Award, Wire Association International, 1979.
  • Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1990.
  • Halliburton Outstanding Young Faculty Award, Oklahoma State University, 1993.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, 1997.
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Society for Precision Engineering, 1998.
  • Halliburton Outstanding Faculty Award, Oklahoma State University, 1998.
  • Fellow, Collège International pour la Recherche en Productique (CIRP), The International Academy for Production Engineering, 1999.
  • Fellow, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 2003.
  • Mercator Professorship, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany, 2003.
  • Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.), Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany, 2005.
  • Regents Distinguished Research Award, Oklahoma State University, 2006.
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2006.
  • OSU Eminent Faculty Award, Oklahoma State University, 2010.
  • Mercator Fellow, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany, 2013.
  • Russell Severance Springer Professorship, University of California, Berkeley, 2014.
  • Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 2014.
  • Member, German National Academy of Science and Engineering, 2019.

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Society
  • American Society for Precision Engineering
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Böhmische Physical Society
  • Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Department of Energy
  • CIRP, The International Academy for Production Engineering
  • German National Academy of Science and Engineering
  • Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MUIR)
  • Materials Research Society
  • Phi Beta Delta, Epsilon Upsilon Chapter
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Society of the Sigma Xi
  • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

Courses Taught

  • MAE 6133 Surface Mechanics
  • MAE 5133 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • MAE 5153 Precision Engineering
  • MAE 3123 Manufacturing Processes 

Recent Publications

  • Shao, L., Chen, D., Zare, A. and Lucca, D.A., “Mechanism of nanocrystallization temperature shifting during ion irradiation of metallic glasses”, Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research B, 497 (2020) 28-33.


  • Lucca, D.A, Klopfstein, M.J. and Riemer, O., “Ultra-Precision Machining: Cutting With Diamond Tools”, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 142 (2020) 110817.


  • Wang, T., Kim, H., Gigax, J.G., Fan, J., Peddicord, K.L., Fu, E., Zare, A., Lucca, D.A. and Shao, L., “Ion cutting of amorphous metals by using helium ion implantation”, Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research B, 451 (2019) 1-5.


  • Aitkaliyeva, A., Shao, L., Price, L., Gigax, J., Kim, H., Lucca, D.A., Zare, A., Fu, E.G. and Xie, G., “Ordered nanocrystal formation in Cu50Zr45Ti5 metallic glass”, Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research B 448 (2019) 57-60.


  • Zare, A., Su, Q., Gigax, J., Harriman, T.A., Nastasi, M., Shao, L. and Lucca, D. A., “Mechanical Response of He-Implanted Amorphous SiOC/Crystalline Fe Nanolaminates”, Scientific Reports (2019) 9:4759.

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