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MSE Celebrates the Career of Professor Sangtae Kim

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering celebrates the career of Professor Sangtae Kim, who retired in June 2021. In 17 years at UC Davis, Kim established himself as an expert in electrochemistry and thermodynamics in research and teaching, a tough but patient mentor and a friend and colleague who cared deeply about the success of his students.

Professor Sangtae Kim and the Linear Diffusion Model

Research Impact

Optimizing the performance of electrolytes used in alternative energy technologies such as solid oxide fuel cells, and batteries relies on measuring and understanding the transport of oxide and lithium (Li) ions (O2- and Li+) and/or protons (H+) in ceramic materials.

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Davis invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of Manufacturing of Advanced Materials and their Mechanical Behavior. Candidates for this position should preferably conduct experimental research on cutting-edge metallic systems, their composites, and related subjects. The appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level.

MSE Department and UC Davis MESA Program Host Career Day September 25

Explore STEM Careers, talk to UCD students pursuing STEM majors & visit Materials Science & Engineering Labs!

The UC Davis Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) Program, in collaboration with the UC Davis Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) Department, proudly presents our free Career Day Event. The event will take place on Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the UC Davis campus. 

Part-time Temporary Lecturer Positions in Materials Science and Engineering

Applications are invited for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses in our department should an opening arise in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Davis. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from quarter to quarter, depending on the needs of the department. The department offers BS, MS, MEng, and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in the College of Engineering.

Roopali Kukreja wins DOE Early Career Award

Materials science and engineering assistant professor Roopali Kukreja has received a prestigious Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE early career award, now in their 12th year, recognize and support the research of early-career outstanding scientists and engineers in the U.S. The award provides graduate student support, summer salary and research expenses intended to last five years.

Student Spotlight: Miranda Bell

Fourth-year materials science and engineering (MSE) major Miranda Bell’s experience at UC Davis was defined by a little of everything as she narrowed down her broad interests while learning how the world works.

Student Spotlight: Nicole Shuman

Fourth-year materials science and engineering (MSE) major Nicole Shuman found materials science as a returning college student is determined to use her knowledge to inspire others through outreach, teaching and mentorship.

Shuman started her career managing a multimillion-dollar big box retail company in the Los Angeles area. After 15 years, she moved to the Sacramento area for a job, but it fell through, and she found herself missing the connections she had and looking for a new opportunity.

MSE Virtual Senior Sendoff June 11

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is hosting a virtual senior send-off to celebrate the class of 2021 on Friday, June 11 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. The senior-send off celebrates the accomplishments and hard work of all of the MSE department’s graduating students as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.

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Undergraduate research in Kukreja Lab outlines novel nano-diffraction analysis method

Materials science and engineering (MSE) former undergraduate researcher Joyce Christiansen-Salameh has developed a new way to analyze complex x-ray nano-diffraction datasets using a k-means clustering algorithm. The program iteratively groups data points by clustering pixels with similar intensity within a certain distance on the detector, which makes it easier to find the Bragg peaks that reveal the structure.

Alumni Rewind: 1990 UC Davis Egg Drop Contest

Materials science and engineering alumnus Tim Dyer '90, '93, now the president of Elcon Precision, remembers the UC Davis Egg Drop contest, hosted by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) during National Engineer's Week 1990.

Scott McCormack wins NSF CAREER Award

Materials science and engineering assistant professor Scott McCormack has received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award. The award recognizes young faculty who have the potential to be leaders in their fields as researchers and educators by funding projects that should serve as the foundation for the rest of their careers.

Ricardo Castro and the Science of Superheroes

Materials science and engineering (MSE) professor Ricardo Castro may not be as much of a “mad scientist” as Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he does dare to ask intriguing questions like, “why must Thor’s hammer (Mjölnir) be thought of as a fictional item, unachievable in the real world?”

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Beeman ‘17

Materials science and engineering alumna Emily Beeman ’17 draws on her UC Davis experience every day as she helps keep UC Berkeley’s Marvell Nanofabrication Lab running.

Ph.D. Student Tucker Murrey wins 2021 Excellence in Graduate Student Safety Award

Starting this year, the UC Davis College of Engineering is proud to recognize four outstanding graduate students with the College of Engineering Graduate Student Awards.

These awards honor the achievements and contributions of engineering graduate students for their research and service. Nominations were open to any M.S. and Ph.D. student enrolled in a graduate program in the college. Each award recipient will receive a $500 scholarship and their name will be added to a permanent display located in the Kemper Hall lobby.

Student Spotlight: Yiqing Xia

Materials science and engineering (MSE) Ph.D. student Yiqing Xia has been chosen as a presenter for the 2021 North American Materials Colloquium Series, a competitive virtual materials science seminar series involving over 35 MSE programs from around the country. He will present his recent research on the thermodynamic and kinetic behavior of nano-confined liquids on April 8-9, representing UC Davis, the MSE department and his research on confined liquids and glassy materials.

AOEP Undergraduate Apprenticeship Opportunity in MSE

The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) is offering an apprenticeship for undergraduate students in the UC Davis Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).

The apprenticeship, which can run between a summer and an entire year, gives undergraduate students an opportunity to conduct hands-on, U.S. Army-supported research and gain experience in a laboratory while being mentored by top researchers across the country.

Jeffery Gibeling wins TMS Oleg D. Sherby Award

Materials science and engineering (MSE) professor Jeffery Gibeling has won the 2021 Oleg D. Sherby Award from the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). The award, named in honor of materials science trailblazer Oleg Sherby, recognizes individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to understanding how materials behave at high temperatures.

Ph.D. Student Meghna Srivastava wins best poster awards at 2020 MRS Conference

Materials science and engineering Ph.D. student Meghna Srivastava received two best poster awards for her work at the virtual 2020 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring/Fall Meeting and Exhibit. Her poster “Machine Learning Framework for Accelerated Development of Halide Perovskites” was named one of three best posters in the “Frontiers of Halide Perovskites” symposium and one of twenty best posters conference-wide.

“I am extremely honored and grateful for this recognition, and I’m hoping that it draws more attention to the work that we’re doing in the Leite Lab,” she said.

Temporary Instructor Opportunity in Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California Davis invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses in our department should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from quarter to quarter, depending on the needs of the department.

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