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MSE Students wow Picnic Day attendees with a spectacular materials show

During this year’s annual UC Davis open house (Picnic Day 2017), MSE students from the Materials Advantage Student Chapter, organized and created a spectacular show on how awesome Materials Science & Engineering is and to inspire a new generation.  The students presented a theatrical show where superheroes, such as Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and even the Green Lantern, required Materials Engineering to recover their superpowers.

MSE and ChemE hold 4th annual research symposium

The 4th Annual ChemE and MSE Research Symposium at UC Davis was held in Kemper Hall on Friday, Nov. 4th, 2016. The event featured nine oral presentations in the morning, and a poster session in the afternoon. All participants commented on the quality of the research being presented, as well as the enthusiastic attendance from both Departments.

Awards were given for the following categories:

Graduate Student Poster Grand Prize:
‘Aerosol Emission During Human Speech’
Sima Asadi, Chemical Engineering, Ristenpart Research Group

Publication: The Evolution of Magnetic Domains

Soft x-ray photoemission electron microscopy was used to observe and characterize the evolution of magnetic domain structure as a function of temperature in micromagnets patterned into epitaxial films of La₀.₇Sr₀.₃MnO₃. These images reveal the formation of novel spin textures that are a hybridization of well-described configurations and emerge from the balance between fundamental materials parameters, micromagnet geometries, and epitaxial strain.

Ph.D. student receives the Elizabeth P. Wood Fellowship

Congratulations to Alex Kane for being awarded the Elizabeth P. Wood Fellowship from the Office of Graduate Studies at UC Davis for the 2016-2017 academic year! The fellowship acknowledges students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement during their studies at UC Davis and are residents of Placer County.

Science as Art competition winners announced

The UC Davis student chapter of the Materials Research Society (MRS) hosted their own Science as Art competition in Spring 2016. The contest was intended to celebrate informative visualizations of data that are also aesthetically appealing.  Pictured here are the UC Davis contest winners, “Defect Etching in Gallium Nitride” by Steven Zhang, “Cobalt Nanowires” by Daniel Dryden, and “Femtosecond Laser Super Continuum Generation” by Javier Rueda.

Professor James Shackelford meets Pope

UC Davis Professor James Shackelford, his wife Penelope, and his colleague Dr. Mario Malinconico had the opportunity on April 9 to present some mementos of their work to Pope Francis.  All three attended the International Conference on Solid Urban Waste Management in Rome, which was organized through the International Union of Physical and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), and where Prof. Shackelford presented on online education to increase recycling awareness.  They were invited by the Vatican to attend the Jubilee of Mercy Audience, where they met the Pope.

CHMS reconstituted into two new departments for 2016-17

On February 29, 2016 the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science was reconstituted into two new departments: the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Currently we are in a transition period which we expect to last for the rest of this academic year (2015-16) .  The departments will operate independently starting July 1, 2016.

MSE offers "Science of Superheroes" (EMS 2) course in spring

Ever wondered whether Iron Man could really power a flying suit of armor with an “arc reactor” the size of a soup can, or whether the Winter Soldier’s metal arm could really act just like his flesh-and-blood arm?  Consider these and other superhero questions with EMS 2: The Science of Superheroes this spring quarter, and join materials scientists finding out what it would take to make comic book fantasy into reality.  Also check out Prof.

Subhash Mahajan publishes new article in MRS bulletin

Prof. Mahajan has published an article entitled “The role of materials science in the evolution of microelectronics” in the latest MRS Bulletin.  He writes on how materials science solved the critical challenges that allow us to use silicon as we do today and helped bring us into the Silicon Age (a riff off the ‘Bronze Age’ nomenclature, for the period more commonly known as the Information Age).

Miaofang Chi Named ORNL Scientist of the Year

Please join the CHMS Department in congratulating one of our graduate alumni, Miaofang Chi.  Chi does pioneering research in analytical electron microscopy at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she recently won three awards at the annual awards banquet.  She received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology and the Early Career Researcher Award, in addition to being named Scientist of the Year.

CHMS hosts 3rd annual research symposium

On Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, the CHMS Department hosted the 3rd Annual CHMS Research Symposium. The Symposium highlights the exciting research being carried out by our graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.  Activities included a poster session in Kemper lobby from 11:30 to 1:30pm and an oral session in Kemper 1065 from 2:30 to 5:00pm.

Congratulations to the award winners:

James Shackelford receives award for outstanding contributions to materials education

Please join the CHMS Department in congratulating Prof. James Shackelford!  Prof. Shackelford will be receiving the North American Materials Education Symposia’s inaugural award for outstanding contributions to Materials Education on Thursday, March 17, 2016.  He will also be speaking at the Symposium, where materials scientists discuss ideas, tools, and best practices for teaching materials across engineering, design, and science.

CHMS Receives Three Years of GAANN Funding

The Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CHMS) Department has received a new three-year Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Award for the years 2015-2018.  This prestigious award enables support of CHMS graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering or Materials Science and Engineering.

Sabyasachi Sen Speaks at ACERS GOMD-DGG Joint Annual Meeting

Prof. Sabyasachi Sen was invited to speak at the American Ceramic Society’s Glass & Optical Materials Division and Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft Joint Annual Meeting.  He gave the Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Science Lecture; his talk was entitled “Structural aspects of relaxational dynamics in glasses and supercooled liquids.”  Click here to find summaries of the other speakers’ lectures.

Lauren Hughes receives NSF Fellowship

Please join the MSE department in congratulating Lauren Hughes! Lauren Hughes, a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship.  The fellowship provides three years of research funding in addition to professional development opportunities.

Lauren Hughes has published two journal articles, and is currently involved in researching the creation of strontium titanate bicrystals and their grain boundary complexions after exposure to an electrical field.

Trina Napasindayao and Derrick Kaseman receive the Chair’s Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is pleased to announce that the 2013-2014 Chair’s Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships were awarded to Derrick Kasemen and Trina Napasindayao. These awards are in recognition of their academic and scientific accomplishments during their graduate student careers at UC Davis. The Graduate Affairs Committee cited Mr.