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  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2008
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2006
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2003


Dr. J. Brian Jordon is an associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering at The University of Alabama. Dr. Jordon received his doctorate from Mississippi State University in 2008.

His research focuses on understanding the influence of microstructure on mechanical behavior in order to model materials and structures for superior performance. His interests include fatigue and fracture, process-structure-property relationships, constitutive modeling of plasticity and damage, simulation modeling of welding and joining, and solid-state additive manufacturing.

Jordon has published over 50 refereed journal articles, over 25 conference proceedings, and given over 25 invited seminars in these and related areas. His research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the state of Alabama, and private industry.

Professionally, Jordon serves as vice chair of the Magnesium Committee of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, or TMS. In addition, he currently serves on the editorial board of the Materials and Manufacturing Processes journal.

In 2014, Jordon was a recipient of the TMS Young Professional Development Award. More recently, he was a 2017 finalist for The University of Alabama President’s Faculty Research Award. Prior to coming to The University of Alabama, Jordon was an interim associate director and an assistant research professor at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University.

He is always looking for motivated graduate students for ongoing research projects in his lab.

Honors and Awards

  • The University of Alabama President’s Faculty Research Award finalist (2017)
  • Top Reviewer Recognition, Materials and Manufacturing Processes (2015)
  • TMS MPMD Young Leader Professional Development Award (2014)
  • Top Reviewer Recognition, Materials and Manufacturing Processes (2014)

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • B. Jordon, H.M. Rao, R. Amaro, P.G. Allison, Fatigue in Friction Stir Welding, Butterworth-Heinemann (2019)
  • R. McCullough, J.B. Jordon, P.G. Allison, T. Rushing, L. Garcia, “Fatigue crack nucleation and small crack growth in an extruded 6061 aluminum alloy,” Int. J. of Fatigue, 119, 52-61 (2019)
  • F.C. Moraes, J.B. Jordon, L. Brewer, M, Barkey, X. Su, J. R. Bunn, Lindsay Kolbus, “Residual Stresses and Plastic Deformation in Self-Pierce Riveting of Dissimilar Aluminum-to-Magnesium Alloys,” SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, 11(2), 139-150 (2018)
  • Z. Avery, O.G. Rivera, C.J.T. Mason B.J. Phillips, J.B. Jordon, N. Hardwick, P.G. Allison, “Fatigue Behavior of Solid-State Additive Manufacturing of Inconel 625,” JOM, 70:2475, 3114-7 (2018)
  • F.C Moraes, R.I. Rodriguez, J.B. Jordon, X. Su, “Effect of Overlap Orientation on Fatigue Behavior in Friction Stir Linear Welds of Magnesium Alloy Sheets.” Int. J. Fatigue 100, 1-11 (2017)