Nickolaus M Bruno (2017)

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering (ME)


B.S., Northern Arizona University
M.S., Northern Arizona University
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

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Research Expertise

Dr. Bruno has been studying the behaviors and application of active materials for over a decade. His main interest is in the thermodynamic behavior of meta-magnetic shape memory alloys (MSMAs). MSMAs exhibit reversible martensitic phase transformations that can be driven by temperature, magnetic field, and mechanical force. Martensitic transformations in MSMA exhibit macroscopic reversible strains up to 6 %, accompanied by a change in magnetic order and temperature. Dr. Bruno has studied MSMAs for their application in magnetocaloric regenerative heat exchange cycles and energy harvesting through magnetic-field-driven martensite variant reorientation, and has studied the “transformation mechanism” and those that interrupt the transition in some specially annealed alloys. Aside from metallurgy and the thermodynamics of materials, Dr. Bruno enjoys employing mechanical engineering design principles for the development of novel multi-field magneto-thermo-mechanical systems useful for characterizing the couplings in active materials.

Brief Bio

Nickolaus M. Bruno (Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, M.S., B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University) is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Before joining SDSM&T he worked as a Process TD Engineer for Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, OR. Dr. Bruno has authored and co-authored nearly 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and is an active peer reviewer for a number of well recognized scientific journals. During his time at Texas A&M, he was awarded a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Trainee fellowship and, while working in industry, the Intel Technology and Manufacturing Group – Logic Technology Development Achievement Award. In 2017, he received the Reviewer Honorarium for Acta Materiala, which honors those who help ensure the continued quality of the journal.


Dr. Bruno currently teaches courses in machine design and mechanical vibrations.

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