Professor Grace Burke

Director of the Materials Performance Centre, University of Manchester


Prof. M. Grace Burke is the Director of the Materials Performance Centre at the University of Manchester, where she leads investigations of materials’ behavior in nuclear power systems. Prior to joining the University, she acquired extensive experience in this field during a 30 year career in the US nuclear industry with research positions at the Westinghouse Science and Technology Center, and the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburgh, where she was the Consultant Scientist for Materials Technology.   Including prior research experience at a corporate steel industry laboratory she has over 35 years of expertise in steels, the materials of construction of nuclear power plants, and irradiation damage, SCC, and hydrogen embrittlement of structural alloys,. She is particularly known for her application of advanced microscopy/microanalysis techniques to nuclear materials research. Grace is a recognized expert in numerous international nuclear science and technology organisations including NUGENIA, ICG-EAC, and IGRDM. Grace is a Fellow of ASM International, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK), the Microscopy Society of America, and the Royal Microscopical Society.