​B.S. Engineering Mechanics (Materials) Minor: Mathematics; US Air Force Academy, 2002​M.S. Materials Science and Engineering; University of Virginia, 2006 ​Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering; University of Virginia, 2010

"Current research is centered on aluminum alloys, ultra-high strength stainless steels and nickel-based super-alloys."

James T. Burns, Assistant Professor

Our research is primarily directed towards investigating environmental fracture in structural metals, including ultra-high strength steels, 5xxx and 7xxx-series aluminium, and Ni-based superalloys. In particular, the group strives to understand how the environment influences the properties and performance of these structural metals.


  • US Air Force Commendation Medal 2009
  • Academic All-Mountain West Conference - Football, USAFA 2001

Research Interests

  • Materials Characterization
  • Nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing

Selected Publications

  • “Chapter 5: Environment enhanced fatigue,” in: Shifler D, Ed. Marine Corrosion: Causes and Prevention, J Wiley & Sons, New York, NY: accepted. Burns JT
  • “Effect of low temperature on fatigue crack formation and microstructure-scale growth from corrosion damage in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu”, Metall Mater Trans A, (2013): 44A; 2083-2105. Burns JT, Gangloff RP
  • “Effect of initiation feature on microstructurally small fatigue crack propagation in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu”, International Journal of Fatigue, (2012): 42; 104-121. Burns JT, Larsen JM, Gangloff RP
  • “Driving forces for localized corrosion to fatigue crack transition in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu”, Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, (2011): 34; 745-773. Burns JT, Larsen JM, Gangloff RP
  • “Scientific advances enabling next generation management of corrosion induced fatigue”, Procedia Engineering – ICM 11, (2011): 10; 362-369. Burns JT, Gangloff RP
  • “The effect of environment on corrosion induced fatigue crack formation and early propagation in Al 7075-T651,” in: Proceedings of NACE DoD Corrosion Conference, NACE International, La Quinta, CA, 2011. Burns JT, Bush RW, Gangloff RP
  • “Effectiveness of LEFM fatigue modeling on varying levels of pre-corrosion in Al 7075-T651”, Corrosion Science, (2010): 52; 498-508. Burns JT, Kim S, Gangloff RP
  • “Fatigue crack formation and growth from localized corrosion in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu”, Journal of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, (2009): 76 (5); 651-667. Kim S, Burns JT, Gangloff RP