James Shackelford

uc davis materials science engineering distinguished professor emeritus james shackelford

Position Title
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • Materials Science and Engineering
2004 Kemper Hall

James F. Shackelford has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University in Canada, he joined the UC Davis, where he is currently Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. For many years, he served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering and later as the Director of the University Honors Program that serves students from a wide spectrum of majors. Professor Shackelford also served as Associate Director for Education for the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) and as Faculty Assistant to the Director of the McClellan Nuclear Research Center (MNRC) at UC Davis. He teaches and conducts research in the structural characterization and processing of materials, focusing on glasses and biomaterials, focusing on teaching using online technologies. 

A member of the American Ceramic Society and ASM International, Shackelford was named a fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 1992, was named a fellow of ASM International in 2011 and received the Outstanding Educator Award of the American Ceramic Society in 1996. In 2003, he received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Academic Senate of the UC Davis. In 2012, he received the Outstanding Teaching Award of the College of Engineering at UC Davis, and in 2014, received an Outstanding Service Award from UC Davis Extension. In 2016, Professor Shackelford received the Inaugural Award for Outstanding Contributions to Materials Education at the North American Materials Education Symposium (NAMES) held at the University of California, Berkeley.

He has published well over 100 archived papers and books including Introduction to Materials Science for Engineers, which is now in its 8th edition and has been translated into Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. Professor Shackelford is also a co-editor of the CRC Materials Science and Engineering Handbooknow in its 4th edition.