Dr. Michael Pagan works to understand how advanced structural materials can be designed and created. He studies varies methods of solid-state and high temperature additive manufacturing methods to create new material structures with unique properties. During Dr. Pagan’s dissertation at the University of Tennessee, he studied effects of plastic deformation during ultrasonic additive manufacturing. Prior to returning to graduate school, Michael was a process engineer for Alcoa Howmet working on ceramic compounding for investment casting (2015-2017). Michael has won several awards including the Editor’s Choice Award from the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, the First Step Award from UTK, and a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma manufacturing process improvements. Michael holds a U.S. provision patent from his innovative method of improving bond efficiency during his dissertation research. Michael had several internships and fellowship during his educational career allowing research at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, and the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan. Michael also served as a judge for the UTK EUReCA competition and has provided numerous guest seminar presentations.


Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2022
B.S., University of Tennessee, 2014


  • Pagan M, Zinkle S, Babu S. Improvements in Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing Using Plastic Deformation. United States Patent 2022.
  • Pagan M, Zhao N, Headings L, Dapino M, Vijayan S, Zinkle S, Babu SS. Strengthening of Tempered Aluminum During Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing. Additive Manufacturing. 2022; 103228
  • Pagan M, Ohmura T, Wang, L, Zinkle S, Babu SS. Strengthening Effects at Dissimilar Metal Interfaces Created by Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing. Metall Mater Trans A. 2022; 53A: 3547-3564.
  • Pagan M, Petrie C, Leonard D, Sridharan N, Zinkle S, Babu SS. Interdiffusion of Elements During Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing. Metall Mater Trans A. 2021;52(3):1142-1157. doi:10.1007/s11661-020-06131-2
  • S. Agarwal, T. Koyanagi, A. Bhattacharya, L. Wang, Y. Katoh, X. Hu, M. Pagan, S.J. Zinkle. Neutron irradiation-induced microstructure damage in ultra-high temperature ceramic TiC, Acta Materialia 2020; 186: (1-10).
  • Pagan M, Zhao N, Headings L, Dapino M, Zinkle S, Babu SS. Phase Transformation in Hexagonal Materials During Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing. Science. In Review