Cem Tasan is the Thomas B King Career Development Professor in metallurgy in the department of materials science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a 2023 Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) Solutions Grant winner for his project titled 'Solid-state scrap processing: a pathway to drastically reduce water consumption in steelmaking.'
The project seeks to find a solution for manufacturing formable sheet metal by consolidating steel scrap without melting, thereby using less freshwater than traditional steel processing. With the help of the Solutions Grant, Cem's project aims to make the process continuous and scale it up to displace iron-ore based steel processing.
Cem joined the materials science and engineering department in 2016 and received tenure in May 2022. His work focuses on materials science, specifically metallurgy and the topics of damage-resistant alloys and self-healing metals. He received his PhD in mechanics of materials from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.