Marie Agathe Charpagne

Marie Agathe Charpagne
Marie Agathe Charpagne
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Eng.
(217) 333-0531

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  • M.Eng., Materials and Mechanics - Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint Etienne (2013)
  • M.Sc., Energy, Materials and Processing - Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint Etienne (2013)
  • PhD, Materials Science - Mines ParisTech (2016)


Dr. Marie Agathe Charpagne was born and studied in France, where she was a first generation college student. She holds a PhD in Materials Science and Computational Mechanics from Mines ParisTech (2016), a Master of Science in Energy, Materials and Processing (2013) as well as a Master of Engineering in Materials and Mechanics (2013) from Mines Saint Etienne. Supported by a fellowship by the French Agency for Research and Technology for her graduate studies , she investigated microstructure evolution mechanisms during high temperature forming in new generation polycrystalline nickel base superalloys. Her work was awarded the Prize for the best PhD thesis by the French Society for Materials and Metals (2017) and she was named a Rising Talent of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (2017). The same year, she moved to the United States to work with Professor Tresa Pollock at the University of California in Santa Barbara. During 4.5 years spent there, she developped numerical tools to analyze plasticity and strain localization processes statistically and automatically, in a variety of structural materials under mechanical loading (superalloys, titanium alloys, refractory metals, high entropy alloys). This rich experience gives her unique insights on pathways to optimize materials microstructures -hence forming processes- for improved mechanical properties and durability.

Committed to gender equality, she has participated to several conferences dedicated to Women in STEM where she was an invited speaker, including the DEAN's Forum in Paris (2017), Women's Forum in Mexico city (2017) and W.IN Forum in New York (2018).

Aside from science, Marie is an active classical concert pianist and has given over 50 recitals across Europe and the USA. She graduated from the Conservatory of music with the highest honors in 2013 and is a winner of several international piano competitions.

Academic Positions

  • Adjunct assistant professor - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (May-Aug 2021)
  • Postdoctoral researcher - University of California Santa Barbara (Feb 2017-Aug 2021)
  • Graduate student - CEMEF Mines Paristech & Safran Aircraft Engines (Nov 2013-Dec 2016)

Research Interests

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Electron microscopy
  • Multi-modal data merging
  • Thermo-mechanical processing

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • A.T. Polonsky, M.A. Charpagne, M.P. Echlin, B.S. Manjunath, T.M. Pollock, Acquisition, Reconstruction and Curation of Multimodal 3D TriBeam Data, Microscopy and Microanalysis (2019)
  • C. Langlois, M.A. Charpagne, S. Dubail, T. Douillard, N. Bozzolo, Ni-based superalloy: crystalline orientation mapping and gamma-gamma phases discrimination with the iCHORD method, European Microscopy Congress: Proceedings, p. 903-931 (2016)
  • M.A. Charpagne, T. Billot, J.M. Franchet, N. Bozzolo, Heteroepitaxial recrystallization a new recrystallization mechanism in sub-solvus forged gamma-gamma’ nickel-based superalloys with low lattice mismatch., Recrystallization and Grain Growth conference proceedings, p. 259-264. (2016)

Invited Lectures

Other Publications


  • Best PhD thesis - SF2M (2017 )
  • Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society (2017 )

Recent Courses Taught

  • MSE 404 AD1 (MSE 404 AD2, MSE 404 MP1, MSE 404 MP2) - Metals Processing