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Chris Wetteland

Associate Professor of Practice


Chris Wetteland is a senior lecturer in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of Tennessee. He has a BS in Geology from Northeastern Illinois University, an MS in Ceramics and Materials Engineering from Rutgers, and a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from UT. Chris worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Staff Member from 1997-2006. His primary research was in ion beam analysis and radiation damage in materials. From 2010-2013 he was a Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he investigated accelerated aging of nuclear materials using particle accelerators. He presently teaches the laboratory coursework and advises senior design projects in MSE. His research interests include early solar system processes, radiation damage in nuclear materials, ceramic processing, solar energy, ion beam analysis, advanced manufacturing, and STEM outreach.


  • Early solar system processes
  • Radiation damage in nuclear materials
  • Ceramic processing
  • Solar energy
  • Ion beam analysis
  • Advanced manufacturing


BS, Northeastern Illinois: University, Geology

MS, Rutgers University: Ceramics and Materials Engineering

Ph.D. University of Tennessee: Geology

Awards and Recognitions


2017 TCE Teaching Fellow

2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

2003, 2001 Los Alamos National Laboratory Distinguished Performance Award

Bohmische Physical Society

Mineralogical Society of America

Meteoritical Society of America

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