Carl J. McHargue, PhD

Carl McHargue

Title: Research Professor
Company: University of Tennessee
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Carl J. McHargue, PhD, Research Professor at the University of Tennessee, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in materials science and engineering.

Dr. McHargue became involved with his profession because he lived with his grandparents for many years and they were insistent that all the children attend college. After he left the infantry division of the U.S. Army in 1946, he received an opportunity for a funded education through the GI Bill. His aunt and uncle were schoolteachers so, it was apparent that he was going to attend a university. He has always been interested in science and that was the reason he chose that field. Dr. McHargue earned a BS in metallurgical engineering, a Master of Science and a PhD from the University of Kentucky in 1949, 1951, and 1953 respectively.

The highlight of Dr. McHargue’s career was working on the Star Wars project, during President Reagan’s strategic defense anti-missile initiative. Some of the things he worked and consulted on after he retired were the guts of the program that our missile defense program deploys presently. In addition, Dr. McHargue is proud of the international connections he has made. He has had post-doctoral student all over the world working for him at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. McHargue began his career at the University of Kentucky as an instructor from 1949 to 1953, when he moved on to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1953 until 1990, starting as a section head then became a program manager before becoming a part of the senior research staff. In 1991, he moved on to the University of Tennessee as a professor of material science and engineering, a position he held until 2018. He has been a research professor at the University of Tennessee since 2013.  As a testament to his success, Dr. McHargue has received myriad accolades including, being inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Fame at the University of Tennessee in 2018, receiving the REI Medal for Radiation Effects in Insulators in 2005 and the Distinguished Service Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society in 2001, among others.

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