Caelin will graduate with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering concentrating on ceramics in May 2019 and will be pursuing a PhD in Materials at UC Santa Barbara in the group of Sam Daly starting in the Fall of 2019.
Caelin’s work complements an ongoing project on intrinsic toughening mechanisms in ceramics. His current focus is on sample preparation and characterization of ceramic bodies for mechanical deformation. Caelin has also dabbled in quantification of complex diffusion profiles, layer-by-layer Ti-based composites, and boron nitride nanotube reinforced alumina processed via SPS.
Caelin has been recognized by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UIUC with numerous awards, including the David Payne Scholarship. He is also the recipient of a 2019 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.