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21 April 2015
Harmer lauded for contributions to science of ceramics
Martin P. Harmer, the Alcoa Foundation Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Senior Faculty Adviser for Engineering Research Initiatives, has been named a Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Read more

21 April 2015
Nick Strandwitz presents at MRS 2015
At MRS 2015, Nick Strandwitz presented his and Hannah Maret's research, "Advanced Textural Control in Atomic Layer Deposited Aluminum Oxide through Post-Growth Seeded Solid Phase Epitaxy."

13 April 2015
Rossin Junior Fellows named
On April 10, the newest Rossin Junior Fellows from our department were named in a special ceremony: J. Zach Lentz '17, Amanda Ruschel '17, and Josh Smeltzer '17. Congratulations to all!

8 April 2015
Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium winners announced
Congratulations to Lehigh MSE's Brendan Eckardt for receiving Honorable Mention for "Purification of Chitosan for Use in Injectabe Bioactive Glass Systems." His advisor is Himanshu Jain.

Congratulations to bioengineering students Jay Fraser and Kathryn Kundrod for winning First Runner-Up and the coveted People's Choice Award for "Microfluidic Capture and Quantification of HIV." Their advisor is Xuanhong Cheng.

6 April 2015
Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium
Lehigh MSE students Kerem Ege Calay, Hannah Maret, and Brendan Eckardt will present their research findings in the 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 8, from 10am-5pm in the STEPS building.

31 March 2015
Seminar with David Srolovitz
David Srolovitz from University of Pennsylvania presents Rethinking Grain Boundary Structure and Properties at the Spring Seminar Series in WH 203 at 4:10pm.

30 March 2015
Ally Fraser receives research award
Ally Fraser '17 has been honored with the Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Award. Clare Luce Boothe Research Scholars conduct advanced-level research during summers and regular semesters. Scholars collaborate directly with faculty, research scientists, and grad students, dramatically enriching the academic value of their experience. In the second year of their award periods, Scholars participate in the David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Summer CHOICES program.

23 March 2015
Seminar with Wu Zhou
Wu Zhou from Oak Ridge National Laboratory presents Creating New Functionalities in 2D Materials via Defect Engineering at the Spring Seminar Series in WH 203 at 4:10pm.

23 March 2015
Lehigh profs are "Moving at Warp Speed"
Read about the latest research of Materials Science professors John DuPont, Sabrina Jedlicka, Xuanhong Cheng, Ray Pearson, Masashi Watanabe, Wojciech Misiolek, Richard Vinci, Martin Harmer, and their students in the latest issue of Resolve Online.

20 March 2015
SMC Picnic date announced
The SMS Picnic will be Thursday, April 30. Reach the Height of Failure against mugs like these from last year's event: Crackpot, Taco, Warty, I Hope I Don't Break, SiC-ly, and The Destroyer! More info to come.

17 March 2015
Grad student receives scholarship to study in Brazil
Sean McAnany, materials science graduate student, has received a full grant to attend the first Advanced School on Glasses and Glass-Ceramics in Brazil. His academic advisor is Dr. Himanshu Jain. The grant includes air travel, hotel, and dining.

The Advanced School on Glasses and Glass-Ceramics will take place in São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil, on August 1-9, 2015. The School is organized by the CeRTEV (Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials).

Theoretical and experimental lectures will be taught by senior faculty of the CeRTEV as well as several invited, highly experienced international instructors. The classes will cover the fundamentals of structure, relaxation processes, crystal nucleation, growth, overall crystallization, and properties (mechanical, electrical, optical, and biological) of glasses and glass-ceramics.

16 March 2015
Richard Vinci at Imagine Your STEM Future Day
“Imagine Your STEM Future Day” is a full-day event sponsored by the Office of Academic Outreach at Lehigh, the Bethlehem Area School District, and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. The program is designed to encourage young women to enter STEM-based fields. On March 9, Dr. Vinci demonstrated materials science by, among other things, inviting students to taste marshmallows frozen in liquid nitrogen in a presentation entitled Smarter, Stronger, Cleaner: Why Materials Matter. He encouraged his audience: "You can't learn if you don't touch things and break things." Read the full story.

16 March 2015
Seminar with Gregor Koblmüeller
Gregor Koblmüeller from Technical University Munich (TUM) presents Semiconductor Nanowire Heterostructures: from Materials to Advanced Devices at the Spring Seminar Series in WH 203 at 4:10pm.

26 February 2015
Bu Wang thesis defense
Bu Wang, doctoral student of Xuanhong Cheng, successfully defended her thesis, Isolation, Culture, Differentiation and Analysis of Cells in Microfluidics.

25 February 2015
Strandwitz paper published
Nick Strandwitz and his team had a paper accepted into Applied Physics Letters: In situ measurement of fixed charge evolution at silicon surfaces during atomic layer deposition.

19 February 2015
Lehigh MSE Calendar announced
Lehigh MSE now has a sortable, searchable, mobile-friendly calendar containing weekly and upcoming events, seminars, programs, summer camps, defenses, and more.

5 March 2015
Seminar with Ronald Arif
Ronald Arif from Veeco Instruments presents Materials Epitaxy and Reactor Design Optimization for Device Applications at the Spring Seminar Series in WH 203 at 4:10pm.

2 March 2015
Seminar with Richard Robinson
Richard Robinson from Cornell University presents Engineering Nanoscale Building Blocks for Macroscopic Functionality at the Spring Seminar Series in WH 203 at 4:10pm.

19 February 2015
Seminar with Jeehwan Kim
Jeehwan Kim from IBM TJ Watson Research Center presents Material innovations for nanoelectronics: Atomic-precision control of two-dimensional materials at the Spring Seminar Series in WH 203 at 4:10pm.

18 February 2015
Seminar with Steven Schmid
Steven Schmid from Univ. of Notre Dame presents Selected Topics in Orthopedic Implant Design at the Spring Seminar Series in WH 207 at 12:10pm.

12 February 2015
Seminar with Mohammed Abidian
Mohammed Abidian from Penn State University presents Advanced Nanobiomaterials for Neural Interfaces at the Spring Seminar Series in WH 203 at 4:10pm.

10 February 2015
Seminar with Tim Pasang
Tim Pasang from Auckland Univ of Technology presents Titanium and its Alloys for Aerospace and Biomedical Applications at the Spring Seminar Series in WH 203 at 4:10pm.

3 February 2015
Seminar with Leslie Chow
Leslie Chow from Imperial College, London and BioE Faculty Search Candidate, teaches BioE 324/424 from 7:55am to 9:10am, and presents Peptide-polymer platforms for dynamic and biomimetic biomaterials at the Spring Seminar Series in WH 203 at 4:10pm.

28 January 2015
Spring 2015 seminar series schedule available
The spring seminar series schedule is now available, with reservations to accommodate our photonics faculty search candidates.

21 January 2015
PA Governor's School engineering mentors needed
LPGSE&T is looking for undergrad and graduate engineering students to
serve as student mentors for rising high school seniors for a four week
residential program hosted by Lehigh University, June 24-July 26. $3200 stipend, free dorm housing,and free meal plan. Learn more about the mentor program.

13 January 2015
Engineering Co-Op Program
Lehigh MSE participates in the Engineering Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program, a selective program for sophomore year engineering students that combines academic study with approximately eight months of paid, career-related professional experience. Because of the rigorous academic schedule, only students with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the sophomore class are invited to participate. Learn more about the Engineering Co-Op Program.

7 January 2015
Glass Processing course offered for Spring 2015
MAT 498-010, Glass Processing, is a unique international 3-credit course to be offered in Spring 2015, featuring two 75-minute lectures each week. Planned topics include the melting and coloring of glass, glass forming, annealing, cutting, surface treatments, and more. This course is appropriate for both science and engineering seniors as well as graduate students. See the flyer for more information.

15 December 2014
Podcast with Helen Chan
Helen Chan discusses which material is best for smartphone screens: Glass or Sapphire? Both the podcast and article are published in PC Magazine.

2 December 2014
Seminar with two MSE graduate students
Tuesday, December 2, WH 203 at 4:10pm, Dan Bechetti presents Microstructural Evolution of INCONEL® Alloy 740H® Fusion Welds during Creep, and Amelia Labak presents Fracture Behavior of Silica and Rubber Nanoparticle Toughened Epoxies.

25 November 2014
Seminar with Heather Jaeger
Heather Jaeger from Lehigh Department of Chemistry gives a talk about Electronic excitation in metal-organic materials at the Fall Seminar Series. WH 203 at 4:10pm.

14 November 2014
YMN poster contest winners
Congratulations to our ASM International Young Members Night poster contest winners: 1st place, Allie Fletcher and Emily Lagomarsino for "Crank Up the Strength: Metallographic Analysis of the Advancement of Bicycle Cranks," 2nd place, Shannon Quigley and Christopher Watson for "Metallographic Analysis of a Bone Plate and Screws," and 3rd place, Jack Edgerton and Sean Lynch for "Barrel O'Fun."

11 November 2014
Seminar with Jonathan Caspar
Jonathan Caspar from DuPont presents Solution-Based Routes to Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 Thin-Films for Earth-Abundant Photovoltaic Devices at the Fall Seminar Series. WH 203 at 4:10pm.

4 November 2014
Seminar with three MSE graduate students
Tuesday, November 4, WH 203 at 4:10pm, Li Lu presents Biosynthesis of Size Controllable CdS Quantum Dots, and Chris Marvel presents On the Mechanism of Grain Size Stabilization in Nanocrystalline NiW Alloys. Thursday, November 6, WH 271 at 4:10pm, Chao Zhao presents Measuring the thermal diffusion coefficients of artificial and biological particles in a microfluidic chip.

3 November 2014
Grad student handbook updated
Get a copy of the latest MSE Graduate Student Handbook for 2014-15.

31 October 2014
Two Lehigh alums part of ASM's 2014 Class of Fellows
John Marcin '83 and Mike Hahn '74, '82G were recently honored for their contributions to materials science and engineering as ASM Fellows. John J. Marcin, FASM, is currently a manager with United Technologies - Pratt & Whitney, Marlborough, Conn. He was recognized for important contributions to investment casting of turbine airfoils and for developing new superalloy casting techniques to enable production of turbine airfoil designs with significantly higher temperature capability.

Dr. Michael T. Hahn, FASM, is currently an Engineer 5 with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif. He was recognized for outstanding contributions to a wide variety of metallurgical advancements for improving the performance and cost effectiveness of various aircraft alloys, including aluminum, titanium, and steel alloys as well as composites, ceramics, and coatings in the commercial and noncommercial aircraft industries.

30 October 2014
MSE graduate student wins SPE scholarships
Binay Patel, Research Assistant and P.C. Rossin Doctoral Fellow, was awarded two scholarships from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). In October, he received the Ted & Ruth Neward Memorial Scholarship from the SPE Foundation, and in September, he won the James Mackenzie Graduate Scholarship from the Thermoset Division of the SPE.

28 October 2014
Seminar with Kurtis Cantley
Dr. Kurtis Cantley from Boise State University presents Electronic Materials and Devices for Biologically Realistic Neural Systems at the Fall Seminar Series. WH 203 at 4:10pm.

23 October 2014
Lehigh Microscopy School 2015
Lehigh's world-renowned microscopy school is now open for registration for the summer 2015 session. To learn about course offerings, download a brochure, and sign up, please visit Lehigh's Microscopy School's web site.

21 October 2014
Seminar with Mark Aindow
Dr. Mark Aindow from the University of Connecticut presents The Microstructural Development in Conductive Oxide Coatings for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Interconnects at the Fall Seminar Series. WH 203 at 4:10pm.

15 October 2014
Seminar with Alojz Ivankovic
Prof. Alojz Ivankovic from University College of Dublin presents Fracture of nano-modified adhesives and composites and beyond at the seminar series as part of the SPE Polymer Conference. Wood Dining Room, 2nd Floor Iacocca Hall, Mountaintop Campus at 1pm.

13 October 2014
Lehigh MSE wins Roland B. Snow award
Chris Marvel, Denise Yin, Patrick Cantwell, and Martin Harmer were awarded the Roland B. Snow award at MS&T 2014. This award is presented for the best ceramographic work at the annual meeting of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) during MS&T and consists of a monetary award and a Steuben glass artifact. Their entry also received the first place award in the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy Category.

7 October 2014
Fall Seminar Series updated
Get the updated Fall seminar schedule. The latest is always available online.

29 September 2014
Seminar with Todd Hufnagel
Dr. Todd Hufnagel from Johns Hopkins is giving a talk for our seminar series: Deformation and fracture of metallic glasses. Tuesday, 9/30 @4:10pm, WH 203. Refreshments @3:45pm in WH 349.

29 September 2014
Lehigh MSE Assistant Professor opportunity
Lehigh MSE seeks an Assistant Professor in photonic, optoelectronic, or nanoelectronic materials. Application deadline is 11/30.

17 September 2014
ExxonMobil info session
ExxonMobil is discussing metallurgical, welding, and corrosion engineering careers during an Info Session Wed 9/17 @4:10pm in the lounge.

16 September 2014
Martin Harmer on grain boundary complexions
Prof. Martin Harmer is giving a talk in Neville 3 @4:10pm Wed 9/17: “Grain Boundary Complexions – A Transformative New Concept in Material Science.” Refreshments @3:45pm in the lobby.

16 September 2014
Grad students present at seminar
Charles McLaren and Mahyar Moghadam present at the Tuesday seminar. Cookies and coffee Sept 16 @3:45pm in the lounge. See abstracts.

11 September 2014
Students win IMS contest
Congrats to our 2014 IMS winners in Class 3: Emily and Allie, 1st place and the Kehl Award; Alex and Richard, 2nd place.

2 September 2014
2014 Fall Seminar Series schedule

The new Fall Seminar Series schedule has been released.

21 July 2014
Lehigh's PA Governor's School kicks off
Lehigh hosts the PA Governor's School and materials science is a significant part of the curriculum. The school runs from July 20 to August 2.

14 July 2014
Materials Camp for Teachers begins
Teachers' Camp runs from July 14 to July 18.

7 July 2014
Materials Camp for Students begins
MAT Camp runs from July 7 to July 11.

8 June 2014
Microscopy School begins
Lehigh's Microscopy School begins its 44th year and runs from June 8 to 13.


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