Ph.D. Student’s Research into Novel Intermetallic Compound Gains Traction
John T. Sypek, third-year Ph.D. student in Assistant Professor Seok-Woo Lee’s lab, was first drawn to UConn because of the MSE program’s strong ties with industry. Now he is earning recognition nation-wide for his research achievements. . . .
Published: June 16, 2017
UConn Wins Funding for Study of Insulators
UConn researcher Ramamurthy ‘Rampi’ Ramprasad leads the team behind “Tracking, Diagnosing, and Impeding Dielectric Breakdown in Polymers,” which received a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, or MURI, award. . . .
Published: June 1, 2017
MSE Congratulates Haibo Yu as Graduate Student of the Year
Each year, the MSE faculty vote to recognize the cumulative efforts of a near-graduating Ph.D. student for Graduate Student of the Year. The Department extends its congratulations to Haibo Yu, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Professor Mark Aindow’s group, who was voted Graduate Student of the Year for 2017 from a pool of outstanding candidates. . . .
Published: May 1, 2017
MRS Hosts Grad-Lab Learning Night, Awards MSE Students
Dozens of students attended an MSE graduate lab and research session April 19 hosted by UConn MRS to learn about the opportunities available in graduate studies and compete for a number of prizes. . . .
Published: April 26, 2017
Undergraduate MSE Students Attend Frontiers Poster Session
Three Materials Science and Engineering undergraduates attended Frontiers in Undergraduate Research April 7-8 to present their research on posters to peers, professionals and visitors. . . .
Published: April 19, 2017
Erica Rozzero’s Materials Science Foundation Covers Many Bases
The saying “Students today, Huskies forever,” is more than a mantra for school spirit. To Erica Rozzero (formerly Erica Pehmoeller), Materials Science and Engineering B.S. ’12, M.S. ‘15, it mirrors the idea that her UConn education provides a foundation for her to build on as she continues to learn the nuances of her trade. . . .
Published: April 10, 2017
UCMA’s Annual Networking Banquet Provides Invaluable Resources to Students
Nearly 50 undergraduates, professors, industry professionals and graduate students turned out for the fourth annual UConn Material Advantage networking banquet, held at UConn Hillel March 23. . . .
Published: April 5, 2017
UConn Joins Hunt for New Materials
The University of Connecticut is one of several leading research institutions collaborating with the Toyota Research Institute to accelerate the design and discovery of advanced materials using artificial intelligence and machine learning. . . .
Published: March 30, 2017
MSE Undergraduate is Close to Treating a Very Common Disease
More than 30 million people suffer from osteoarthritis in the United States, a conservative estimate of the disease that degrades tissue in articular joints. Andrew Nguyen, sixth-semester undergraduate MSE major, is working on creating biodegradable templates (scaffolds) that would be able to induce regeneration of damaged tissue in these joints. . . .
Published: March 29, 2017
MSE Alumnus Neal Magdefrau Shares His Journey From Ph.D. To Business Owner
Neal Magdefrau, Materials Science and Engineering alum, was inspired to enter the field to design new materials for golf equipment. Instead, he earned a Ph.D., became a research scientist at one of United States’ premier engineering research companies, and started a business. . . .
Published: March 22, 2017
MSE’s Tulsi Patel Shares Three Defining Moments at UConn
In the future of aerospace engineering, it may be more efficient to 3D print structural components. Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. student Tulsi Patel is investigating how to combine different materials in an additive manufacturing environment. . . .
Published: March 20, 2017
MSE Student Wins First Place at Third Annual SoE Poster Session
John Sypek, third-year Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. student in Assistant Professor Seok-Woo Lee’s lab, won first-place for his poster in the third annual School of Engineering (SoE) Poster Session hosted by the SoE’s Student Association of Graduate Engineers (SAGE). . . .
Published: March 17, 2017
MSE Professor Puxian Gao Achieves Professional Milestone
MSE Professor Puxian Gao was inducted to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) in 2017 for “seminal contribution to the fundamental understanding of engineered nanomaterials assembly and scalable manufacturing,” among other achievements. . . .
Published: March 8, 2017
MSE Graduate Students Awarded at TMS 2017
Graduate students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering were awarded gold and silver medals at the TMS (the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) 2017 meeting in San Diego, CA. . . .
Published: March 3, 2017
MSE Alumna Jacquelynn Garofano Explains her Multi-Faceted Spectrum of Success
As a Senior Research Scientist at UTRC and one of Connecticut’s “Forty Under 40” outstanding young professionals for 2013 (Connecticut Magazine) and 2015 (Hartford Business Journal), MSE alumna Dr. Jacquelynn (Jackie) Garofano, has earned honors and recognition as both an educator and researcher. . . .
Published: March 2, 2017
MSE Sophomore Launches Database of University Research Labs
University of Connecticut student Spencer Matonis recently launched a start-up company called Coalesce, which provides a database of university research laboratories with the purpose of connecting the global scientific community, Matonis said. . . .
Published: March 1, 2017
3D Printing Course Off to a Solid Start
An engaging, hands-on upper-level undergraduate course called “Introduction to 3D Printing: Learn by Building” debuted in Fall 2016 after the proposal won the Mini Grant Competition, introduced by the Provost’s office last year. . . .
Published: February 22, 2017
MSE: An Ideal Major for Claudia Chavez
What do the development of metal casings for handheld devices and prosthetic limbs have in common? For Claudia Chavez, sixth semester Materials Science and Engineering major, they represent just two of the vastly numerous ways materials science engineers can utilize their knowledge. . . .
Published: February 20, 2017
MSE Alumnus Ghanshyam Pilania awarded Humboldt Research Foundation Fellowship
Ghanshyam Pilania of the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamics Extremes group is the recipient of a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers presented by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. . . .
Published: February 17, 2017
How Professor Ramprasad’s Group is Shaping Materials Discovery
Recently, there has been some interesting activity in Professor Rampi Ramprasad’s lab. As a computational materials scientist, Professor Ramprasad and his group members — composed of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers — are involved in computation-guided materials discovery. . . .
Published: February 16, 2017
MSE Welcomes Administrative Services Assistant and UConn Alumna to the Staff
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering extends a warm welcome to new staff member, Kaitlyn Cullen, a UConn alumna who takes over as the Administrative Services Assistant for MSE. Kaitlyn joins the staff with a wealth of experience. . . .
Published: February 15, 2017
MSE Department Head Dr. Alpay Discusses the Many Joys of His Academic Career
Professor S. Pamir Alpay, Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department Head, can find practical applications of science in almost anything, from fictional food replicators in Star Trek to 3-D printing of aircraft parts. . . .
Published: February 13, 2017
For Ph.D. Candidate Hamidreza Khassaf, UConn MSE is a Dream Come True
For Hamidreza Khassaf, pursuing a Ph.D. in UConn’s Materials Science and Engineering department was written in the stars. While he was pursuing his M.Sc. in MSE at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, his advisor was an Alumni of UConn’s MSE department. . . .
Published: February 6, 2017
New Material Promises Benefits to Deep Space Travel
Exploring beyond our solar system requires traveling enormous distances. The nearest star system to ours – Alpha Centauri – is 4.37 light years away, or 25 trillion miles; and distant star systems will take hundreds or thousands of years to reach, even in the best of circumstances. So scientists who want to send unmanned probes to another star system must create some innovative technologies that can outlive them. . . .
Published: January 9, 2017
MSE Says Good-bye to a Beloved Staff Member
Some students know her by the perpetually-full M&M jar on her desk, and some know her as a staff member who has been with the MSE department since the very beginning. . . .
Published: December 21, 2016
As we prepare for the end of the fall semester 2016 and the upcoming winter break, I would like to extend my gratitude for the commitment of our faculty and staff and the talented students who have chosen Materials Science and Engineering. I wish each of you a joyful and restful holiday season and an enjoyable and safe winter break spent in the company of friends, family and loved ones, and hope everyone finds time to relax, have fun, and renew themselves for the new semester and the new year. . . .
Published: December 19, 2016
MSE Research Recognized at International MRS Conference
This year’s annual Materials Research Society’s Fall meeting took place in Boston in November featuring a variety of engaging presentations, interesting posters, and some new materials. Arun Kumar Mannodi Kanakkithodi, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Ramprasad’s research group, and Keith Duseo and John Sypek, both third-year Ph.D. students in Dr. Seok-woo Lee’s research group, and were among the UConn MRS members to receive recognition for their research. . . .
Published: December 14, 2016
MSE Post-Doc Attends UMich NextProf Workshop, Celebrates Diversity in Engineering
When materials science and engineering Post-Doctoral Fellow Lydie Louis attended the UMich NextProf Workshop and presented an overview of her work with Dr. Serge Nakhmanson’s group in September, she saw exactly how she can make a difference in the community. . . .
Published: November 14, 2016
MSE Faculty and Students Gain a ‘Material Advantage’ at MS&T 2016
University Professor Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, Associate Professor Bryan Huey, and fifth-semester undergraduate Andrew Nguyen were among the UConn MSE members recognized for their achievements in Materials Science and Technology at the MS&T 2016 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. . . .
Published: November 7, 2016
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Published: November 2, 2016
Pushing the Boundaries of Science for a Sustainable Future
People don’t visit doctors’ offices to pick up infectious bacteria, but often that is what happens. This notion led undergraduate Ryan Cordier, a fifth semester honors undergraduate in the MSE and Biomedical Engineering departments, to develop a new approach to stethoscope hygiene that would decrease patient exposure to bacteria. . . .
Radenka Maric to “Accelerate UConn” with CEO of Health eSense
Radenka Maric, CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy and Executive Director of UConn’s IPB and Tech Park will represent the Materials Science and Engineering department in the Fall 2016 Accelerate UConn cohort. . . .
Published: October 31, 2016
Experience Eurotech: Three MSE Undergraduates in Germany
After a year studying abroad in Germany as part of the Eurotech program, three MSE undergraduates are prepared for global careers in engineering. Alex Kinstler, Andrew Jefferey, and Benjamin Thieken are undergraduate materials science and engineering majors in the Eurotech program who spent the year at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, one of the most famous and oldest universities in Germany. Below, they discuss their experience working, studying, and living in Germany. . . .
Published: October 26, 2016
MSE Alumna Wins TMS Scholarship
Rebecca Stern, an alumna who graduated earlier in 2016, recently won a TMS Structural Materials Division Scholarship to continue her studies at UC Berkeley. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) offers a variety of scholarships for student members, funded by the TMS Foundation. . . .
Published: September 29, 2016
UConn Scientists Find Material’s Defects Improve Solar Cell Performance
A breakthrough materials mapping technique developed by UConn scientists has led to the discovery of highly-conductive properties in cadmium telluride, a promising material that could someday surpass the performance of silicon in solar cells. . . .
Published: September 28, 2016
John Mangeri’s Award Lands Him in Argonne National Laboratory
John Mangeri, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Serge Nakhmanson’s “Complex Materials by Computational Design” group, was selected to receive the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Research (DoE SCGSR) award for his project, Computational Design of Functional Materials for Electrothermal Energy Interconversion on Mesoscale. . . .
Published: September 26, 2016
MSE Faculty’s Research Explores Materials for Space
Each year, NASA accepts a select number of proposals from Early Career Faculty (ECF) at accredited U.S. Universities to award a generous research grant for three years of funding and the opportunity to further research into space exploration. This year, MSE Pratt & Whitney Assistant Professor Seok-Woo Lee’s proposal, “Development of Small-Volume, High-Precision, and Reliable Cryogenic Linear Actuators by Using Novel Intermetallic Compounds,” was accepted for an ECF award. . . .
Published: September 21, 2016
UConn School of Engineering Awards MSE Centennial Term Professorship
Professor Rampi Ramprasad, Materials Science and Engineering, has been chosen for appointment to a Centennial Term Professorship as the School of Engineering continues to celebrate 100 years of research and growth. . . .
Published: September 16, 2016
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Honored at U.S. White House
Materials Science and Engineering Professor Rampi Ramprasad recently attended the fifth year anniversary event of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) hosted by the U.S. White House. . . .
MSE Researchers’ Manuscript is Selected as Editor’s Choice for 2015
A research article “Surface Degradation of Ag/W Circuit Breaker Contacts During Standardized UL Testing” has been selected as an open access Editor’s Choice article for 2015 by the Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance. . . .
Published: September 7, 2016
MSE Department Head Presents Research at Prestigious Lecture in South Korea
Professor S. Pamir Alpay, UConn MSE Department Head, presented a lecture on “Accelerating Materials Deployment and Manufacturing via Multi-Scale Modeling and Genomics” at the 40 th year celebration of the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) in Daejeon, South Korea August 18. . . .
Published: September 2, 2016
MSE e-Bulletin 2016
Welcome to our 2016 Outreach Bulletin! This publication is intended to share news stories and features about departmental accolades, research being conducted by MSE faculty, and alumni interviews that highlight our students’ diverse accomplishments post-graduation. . . .
Published: August 5, 2016
MSE Professors Among Top 300 Most-Cited Scholars in the Field
MSE Professors Dr. Cato T. Laurencin and Dr. Steven L. Suib are among the 300 most-cited researchers in Materials Science and Engineering worldwide. . . .
Published: July 29, 2016
Framing UConn’s Future: Tech Park
Dr. Radenka Maric, CT Clean Energy Fund Professor in Sustainable Energy at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering has been appointed as Executive Director for the Innovation Partnership Building and Tech Park. . . .
Published: July 13, 2016
White House Honors Dr. Cato Laurencin with National Medal of Technology and Innovation
UConn’s Dr. Cato Laurencin was honored on May 19 at the White House by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement. . . .
Published: June 6, 2016
Shock Waves On The Cover Of The Journal of Applied Physics
Materials Science and Engineering researchers Dr. Avinash Dongare, Assistant Professor, and Ph.D. student Garvit Agarwal’s publication, “Shock wave propagation and spall failure in single crystal Mg at atomic scales,” was recently featured on the cover of the Journal of Applied Physics. . . .
Published: May 31, 2016
Dr. Syam Nukavarapu’s Research Featured as Cover Article in Tissue Engineering
Dr. Syam Nukavarapu’s publication, “Oxygen-tension controlled matrices for enhanced osteogenic cell survival and performance,” reported a new matrix system for bone regeneration. . . .
Published: May 27, 2016
Breakthrough Could Improve Turbine Performance, Reduce Carbon Emissions from Power Plants
Important research has been under the works for years at UConn, conducted by Maurice Gell, MSE Professor-in-Residence, and Eric Jordan, United Technologies Professor of Advanced Materials Processing. Sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the researchers have been exploring ways to improve the electricity-generating capability of gas turbines. . . .
Published: May 6, 2016
Rainer Hebert: Winner of 2016 MSE Award for Teaching Excellence
The University of Connecticut Materials Science and Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence as determined by the students is awarded to the MSE faculty member who receives the greatest number of votes from Materials Science and Engineering graduating seniors. . . .
Published: May 5, 2016
UTAS Announces UConn Center for Advanced Materials
With the launch of a new materials and process-engineering lab, United Tech Corp. Aerospace Systems (UTAS) has also made the spectacular reveal of a materials engineering Center of Excellence opening for collaboration with the University of Connecticut. Governor Dannel P. Malloy was present at the official announcement on Thursday, February 25, as he toured the new $8 million facilities with Provost Dr. Mun Choi and several other executives and engineers. . . .
Senior Design 2016
Congratulations to the 2016 MSE Senior Design Project Final Presentation Winners! . . .
Published: May 4, 2016
Dr. Bryan Huey and Dr. Rainer Hebert Awarded Professorships in Engineering Innovation
The Material Science and Engineering Department has the honor of two outstanding faculty members being recognized for their incredible contributions to the field. The UConn School of Engineering has named Dr. Bryan Huey a United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professor and Dr. Rainer Hebert a Castleman Professor in Engineering Innovation. . . .
Stephanie Bendtsen’s Research for Regeneration
Stephanie Bendtsen is a current Ph.D. Candidate in materials science working towards healing others. . . .
Published: May 2, 2016
Professor Cato T. Laurencin to Receive 2016 Connecticut Medal of Technology
Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, a world-renowned physician-scientist in orthopaedic surgery, engineering, and materials science, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Connecticut Medal of Technology. Laurencin, of the University of Connecticut will accept the award at the 41st Annual Meeting & Dinner of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) on May 24. . . .
Published: April 30, 2016
Jorge Paz-Soldan Brings Materials Science and Engineering to Life
Why study materials science and engineering? According to senior Jorge Paz-Soldan, “Materials explain many aspects of nature and life; to me, it is the study of existence.” . . .
Published: April 29, 2016
Regenerative Engineering Pioneer Dr. Cato Laurencin to Present Prestigious Frontier Lecture
Dr. Cato Laurencin has been selected to present The American Ceramic Society’s 2016 Frontiers of Science & Society-Rustum Roy Lecture at the Materials Science and Technology Conference and Exposition (MS&T’16). . . .
Published: April 28, 2016
Making Ends Meet at the Material Science Banquet
Recently, UConn’s Material Advantage Student Chapter held their annual Material Science Banquet at Hillel. . . .
Published: April 25, 2016
Chief Materials Engineer and Manager Angie Cheung Challenges Boundaries
Those at UConn may recognize Angie Cheung from her position on the Materials Science and Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, a group of nine highly reputable industry partners working to strengthen the visibility of UConn’s MSE Department across all levels. . . .
Published: April 11, 2016
Cain Hung’s MSE Analyses
Cain Hung is a first year graduate student pursuing his PhD. in materials science and engineering. Under advisor Dr. Rainer Hebert, he analyzes additively manufacture aluminum alloys and the microstructure of 3-D printed parts. . . .
Published: April 8, 2016
Graduate Student Venkatesh Botu’s Inter-Department Innovation
Venkatesh Botu is a fifth year graduate student working in Dr. Ramprasad’s research group, which utilizes quantum mechanics to solve materials science problems. . . .
Published: March 24, 2016
The UConn Material Advantage Chapter has POSTPONED the banquet to Thursday, April 7, 2016. Please join us for a semiformal fundraiser hosted by the UConn Materials Advantage student chapter – a professional event for all Undergraduates, Graduates, Professors and Industry Professionals! . . .
Published: March 18, 2016
MSE and UIC Researchers Take Another Step Towards Making Burly Lead-Free Ferroelectric Materials
The Complex Materials by Computational Design group, led by Associate Professor Serge Nakhmanson, has achieved great success with their latest publication, “Atomic layer deposition of environmentally benign SnTiOx as a potential ferroelectric material.” . . .
Published: March 9, 2016
Keith Dusoe Shines with Metallic Alloys Poster
Every year, graduate students gather in the Student Union Ballroom to present their research for the School of Engineering Graduate Poster Competition. MSE graduate student Keith Dusoe recently secured the spot of third place with his poster entitled “Strong, ductile and thermally stable Cu-based metal-intermetallic nanocomposites.” . . .
Published: March 7, 2016
Building a Better Mousetrap, From the Atoms Up
UConn's Ramprasad Lab is employing machine learning to design new materials without having to pre-test each one. . . .
Published: March 4, 2016
4 Questions with Undergrad Rebecca Stern
Rebecca Stern is a senior undergraduate majoring in MSE with a mathematics minor. Enthused by her future as an engineer, she shares the opportunities she has gained at UConn. . . .
Published: February 26, 2016
Aaron Gladstein on Staying Balanced
From marching on the UConn turf to community work in Israel, MSE junior Aaron Gladstein stays busy. . . .
Published: February 19, 2016
Hamidreza Khassaf’s Paper Making Waves
As a UConn MSE Ph.D. student Hamidreza Khassaf has been pleasantly surprised by the science community’s enthusiasm for his co-authored paper, “Acoustic Detection of Phase Transitions at the Nanoscale.” . . .
Published: February 5, 2016
Wentworth and Chen Receive Mini Grant for Immense Innovation
Adam Wentworth, MSE Laboratory Manager, and Dr. Xu Chen, Assistant Professor in the Institute of Materials Science and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received a 2015 Teaching Innovation Mini Grant for their course proposal, “Intro to 3D Printing: Learn by Building.” . . .
Published: January 27, 2016
The Many MSE Opportunities for Undergrad Amy Hernandez
Undergraduate Amy Hernandez is in her final year at UConn, but she knows her MSE education has provided her with a bright future head. “Material science and engineering is diverse and empowering; it is how we will adapt for the future and create novel technologies and improvements.” . . .
Published: January 20, 2016
Dr. Laurencin to Receive National Medal of Technology & Innovation
The White House has announced today that UConn’s Dr. Cato T. Laurencin will be a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from the president of the United States. . . .
Published: December 23, 2015
Justin Luria’s Stellar Solar Cells Win MRS Best Poster
Justin Luria, a visiting researcher working in the lab of Dr. Bryan Huey, was recognized with a Best Poster Award at the annual meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS) for his work entitled “Conductive Tomography of CdTe Reveals Nanoscale Current Pathways.” . . .
Published: December 21, 2015
Undergraduate Francis Almonte Pays it Forward
“As of right now, my academic goal is to survive and make it to receive a degree in material science and engineering. A lot of people say this, but this degree will allow me to change the way my family is living and provide them with a solid foundation. They have raised me to become the person I am today, and it is only right to pay them back by becoming successful and making them proud.” . . .
Published: December 9, 2015
STEM Night Plants a New Tradition
On Monday night, November 16th, the Connecticut Science Center was full of UConn engineering volunteers and young students for the first ever STEM Night. Organized by UConn’s Engineering Ambassadors, STEM Night was created in order to show kids the creative ways one can get involved with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. . . .
Published: December 4, 2015
Celebrating 100 Years with Goal of 100 Scholarships
UConn’s School of Engineering is celebrating its centennial in a big way. The school, together with the UConn Foundation, has set a fundraising goal to establish 100 new scholarships. . . .
Published: November 19, 2015
Alumnus Max Villa’s Dedication to Improve Lives
From mechanical to tissue engineering, bone regeneration, genomics, and microbiology, Dr. Max Villa has a wide range of engineering experience. The UConn MSE alumnus is now a postdoctoral associate at the Duke University Medical Center where he develops platform technology for high throughput microbiology. . . .
Published: November 18, 2015
George Rossetti’s Ferroelectrics Research in Germany
MSE Associate Professor George Rossetti returned this fall from his nearly year-long sabbatical in Germany as part of the Guest Scientist Program at Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD). Dr. Rossetti had connections to the German university, having been invited to the Non-Metallic Materials Group (Nichtmetallisch-Anorganische Werkstoffe, NAW) at TUD in the summer of 2009. . . .
Published: November 9, 2015
Lydie Louis Takes MSE Across the World
MSE postdoctorate Lydie Louis does not allow the summer break to stop her intellectual endeavors. This August, she participated in the Paris International School, France, on Advanced Computational Materials Science (PISACMS), where she received the PISACMS 2015 Best Poster Prize for the “Structural and Dielectric Properties of the Ruddlesden-Popper Ba2ZrO4 Structure from First-Principles” presentation. . . .
Published: November 2, 2015
MSE Alumnus and Intel Intellectual Shan Zhong
Alumnus Shan Zhong studied materials science and engineering at UConn from 2003 to 2007 after graduating from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. . . .
Published: October 30, 2015
Professor Ramprasad Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
Dr. Rampi Ramprasad, MSE, has just been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) through the Division of Materials Physics. The citation for his nomination is “For pioneering contributions to the computation-driven rational design of materials, especially polymeric and inorganic dielectric materials and catalysts.” . . .
Published: October 23, 2015
Yomery Espinal’s Road to the Doctorate
Yomery Espinal is a Ph.D. student in materials sciences and engineering who is motivated to succeed by her passion for science. . . .
Published: October 21, 2015
MSE Meets Their Makers
The 2015 New York Maker Faire took place on September 26th to the 27th, bringing together representatives from 45 states and 48 countries. Students of UConn’s Materials Sciences and Engineering Department were fortunate enough to be part of the experience. . . .
Published: October 14, 2015
UConn’s Advances with Material Advantage Chapter Award
The University of Connecticut Material Advantage Chapter is this year’s winner of a Chapter of Excellence award from the Material Advantage Student Program. The award presentation took place on Tuesday, October 6th at the Columbus Convention Center, where the UConn chapter was given a plague and check for $450.00. . . .
Published: October 12, 2015
Greg Gagne Returns from the Land Down Under
Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, leaping from the tallest bungy jump in the southern hemisphere, and playing with monkeys in the Ubud Monkey Forest—MSE student Greg Gagne had an interesting Spring semester. . . .
Published: October 8, 2015
Kathy Saint Enters the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame
Congratulations to our Industrial Advisory Board member, Kathy Saint, President of Schwerdtle Stamp Co. Inc., who has just been named one of the winners of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Leadership Awards for 2015. . . .
Published: October 5, 2015
Zane Grady Engineering Community
Zane Grady is a MSE student entering his junior year at UConn, but he has filled these few years to the brim. Initially unfamiliar with the concept of materials sciences and engineering, he became enthralled during a presentation given by Dr. Anson Ma during his first semester. . . .
Published: October 2, 2015
Oustanding Scholar Linghan Ye
Linghan Ye, a Ph.D. student in the MSE Department, became passionate about her major because it is “fun.” By the age of 20, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering at Beijing University of Technology before arriving at UConn in 2010 and earning the Outstanding Scholar Program Award. . . .
Published: September 25, 2015
The Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph. D., Travel Fellowship Breaks Barriers in STEM Fields
Studies have found that African-Americans, Latinos, Native-Americans and Native Alaskans are inordinately under-represented in STEM disciplines, inhibiting the progression of excellence in these fields. The creation of the Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph. D., Travel Fellowship by the Society for Biomaterials works to rectify this issue by providing financial support for the recipient to follow a career in biomaterials. . . .
Published: September 21, 2015
Angie Cheung Fuels Minds of the MSE Industrial Advisory Board
The Materials Science and Engineering Department gladly welcomes Angie Cheung as the newest member to the Industrial Advisory Board. She joins eight other industry partners in working to strengthen the visibility of the UConn Materials Science and Engineering Department at the university, state, and national level. . . .
Published: September 18, 2015
MSE EUROTECH Students Journey to Germany
MSE students Ben Theiken, Andrew Jeffery, and Alex Kinstler set off for Germany at the beginning of the semester for their year abroad as part of the EUROTECH program. . . .
Published: September 14, 2015
Seok-Woo Lee Makes Magic at UConn
Since coming to the materials science and engineering department in 2014, Dr. Seok-Woo Lee has used his research and teaching skills to help UConn students excel in their work. . . .
Published: September 11, 2015
George Rossetti and Adam Heitmann Receive Edward C. Henry Award
The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) has awarded the 2015 Edward C. Henry Award to George A. Rossetti, Jr. and Adam A. Heitmann for their paper, “Thermodynamics of ferroelectric solid solutions with morphotropic phase boundaries,” published as a Feature Article in Journal of the American Ceramic Society. . . .
Published: September 10, 2015
Hand in Glove: UConn Surgeon Brings Healing Hands to Boxing
After famed boxer Mike Tyson defeated Buster Mathis in the third round of a 1995 bout, the former heavyweight champion of the world waited for the referee to call the match, then hugged his contender. . . .
Published: September 9, 2015
The MSE Lab Gets a New Look
This summer, the Material Science and Engineering Department received a fresh design with the installation of six Optiplex 980 1TB HD Workstations. . . .
Published: August 31, 2015
Welcome to our 2015 Outreach Bulletin! This publication is intended to share news stories and features about departmental accolades, research being conducted by UConn students and faculty, and alumni interviews that highlight our students’ diverse accomplishments post-graduation. We hope that you will find inspiration in the many ways in which UConn MSE continues to grow and diversify while remaining on the cutting edge of research and innovation. . . .
Published: August 26, 2015
Female STEM Trailblazers
The academic science community is a largely male dominated space, but four UConn intellectuals pave the way for change. From educating young future scholars to writing over 150 scientific publications, these women demonstrate achievements as leaders in STEM fields, receiving awards this year for Outstanding Women Scholars and Women of Innovation. . . .
Published: August 17, 2015
Sibo Wang Receives FEI Fellowship
MSE student Sibo Wang, along with 6 other UConn graduate students, were awarded the August 2015 FEI Fellowships. . . .
Published: August 14, 2015
MSE Undergrad Jordan Kovacs Receives Igor Sikorsky Scholarship
MSE sophomore Jordan Kovacs received the Igor Sikorsky Scholarship, providing her with the opportunity to work at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of military and commercial helicopters and fixed-wing aircrafts. . . .
Published: July 27, 2015
MSE Alumna Dr. Jacquelynn Garofano in the Hartford Business Journal
Dr. Garofano (MS, PhD UConn MSE) featured in the Hartford Business Journal as a young leader "...who have already had success but who also have the potential to lead the professional world of tomorrow." . . .
Published: July 24, 2015
MSE Alumnus Dr. Dharma Maddala Receives ASM Emerging Professional Achievement Award
MSE Alumnus Dr. Dharma Maddala has recently been named a recipient of the ASM Emerging Professional Achievement Award. Dr. Maddala received his Ph.D. from UConn MSE in 2011. . . .
Published: June 17, 2015
Paiyz Mikael and Alexandra Merkouriou Named Outstanding Women Scholars
The outstanding senior women academic achievement awards were established in 1993 as part of the University of Connecticut’s 100 Years of Women celebration. The awards recognize outstanding female undergraduates and graduate students from each of UConn’s fourteen schools and colleges for their academic excellence and dedication to research and service within the university community. . . .
Published: June 15, 2015