MSE e-Bulletin 2020
Our 2020 Outreach Bulletin shares news stories and features about departmental accolades, research being conducted by MSE faculty, and alumni intervie. . .
Published: October 14, 2020
MSE Graduate Student Discovers Career Path During Difficult Times
Third year MSE graduate student Marco Echeverria spent a second highly productive summer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).. . .
Published: October 5, 2020
MSE Welcomes Xueju “Sophie” Wang to the Department
We are pleased to welcome our newest faculty member Xueju “Sophie” Wang who joins our department as an assistant professor this fall.. . .
Published: September 4, 2020
Digging Into a More Cost-Effective Solar Technology
Bryan Huey and his postdoc Jingfeng Song have produced some compelling research reported in the journal Nature Communications that could lead to anoth. . .
Published: August 17, 2020
Diving Deeper Into Her Hobbies Sparked an MSE Sophomore’s Passion For Learning About Materials
Elise Bessette’s interests in 3-D printing and robotics set her on a path to become an MSE major. . . .
Published: July 13, 2020
To Megan Hurley, MSE is a Close Community As Well As a Fascinating Major
When undergraduate Megan Hurley discovered the camaraderie and how tight-knit the MSE department was, she knew that it was a perfect fit for her.. . .
Published: June 24, 2020
UConn, Army Research Lab Collaborate on New Portable, Renewable Energy Technology
S. Pamir Alpay, and alumna Yomery Espinal ’18 PhD have published a paper on a novel portable pyroelectric technology in Cell Reports Physical Scienc. . .
Published: June 19, 2020
Two Local Doctors Come Up with Alternative Greeting to Replace Handshake
One handshake can confer about 124 million bacteria, so that’s why the two doctors came up with an alternative, the “Laurencin-McClinton greeting.. . .
Published: June 12, 2020
Thanks to the Work of MSE Alumnus David Wikholm, Robots May Become Lab Assistants
Wikholm sees the MSE program as a hidden gem that is fundamental to almost any engineering field. . . .
Published: June 10, 2020
A Single Class Paved the Way for MSE Alumnus Ryan Noraas to Discover His Field of Study
Being introduced to machine learning and artificial intelligence at UConn influenced Noraas’s current projects at Pratt & Whitney.. . .
Published: June 4, 2020
MSE Professor Inducted Into Young Academy
Assistant Professor Stefan Schaffoener joins the Young Academy | Mainz for promising young scholars.. . .
Published: May 18, 2020
Congratulations to the 2020 MSE Senior Design Project Winners!
13 teams of MSE seniors virtually presented their Senior Design Projects for the annual Senior Design Day.. . .
Published: May 15, 2020
INTPART Grant Will Encourage Collaboration with US and European Universities
A $430,000 grant aims to strengthen international collaborations.. . .
Published: May 13, 2020
MSE Graduate Student Reaches Out to Help High Schoolers Transition to College
Jessica Maita balances her research with giving high schoolers valuable college advice.. . .
Published: May 11, 2020
Alpay Named UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
S. Pamir Alpay, Associate Dean for Research and Industrial Partnerships, has been named a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, after a vote by t. . .
Published: May 8, 2020
Professor Hebert Leads Successful Research Collaboration Between UConn MSE and Industry
MSE professor Rainer Hebert ran a study on additive manufacturing in conjunction with the Collins Aerospace Center and industry companies.. . .
Published: May 6, 2020
UKindness – A Resource for Students
Student Affairs has launched a University-wide initiative intended to inform, engage, and connect with students throughout the University during the C. . .
Published: April 29, 2020
MSE Undergraduate Student Earns National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
MSE Undergrad Christopher Choi ’20 is one of three undergraduate students that have earned National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. . .
Published: April 23, 2020
MSE Publication is one of the Top 100 Most Downloaded Papers on Physics
The publication from MSE graduate students and faculty members appears on a list from Scientific Reports. . . .
Published: April 20, 2020
Why Choose Material Science and Engineering?
Material science and engineering is used to create and refine the materials that are the foundation of all the things you use every day. UConn’s Mat. . .
Published: April 15, 2020
UConn MSE Senior Selected as SOE Student Commencement Speaker
MSE student Riley Blumenfield has been selected by the School of Engineering as the student speaker for the undergraduate commencement ceremony. . . .
Published: April 13, 2020
Maric leads UConn’s research, innovation and entrepreneurship
MSE Professor Maric brings her passion for both education and engineering into her position as vice president for research, innovation and entrepreneu. . .
Published: April 9, 2020
MSE’s Metalworking Club Offers a Unique Experience for MSE Students
UConn's Material Science and Engineering (MSE) department offers a variety of hands-on opportunities for its students, including the MetalWorking Club. . .
Published: April 6, 2020
MSE Professor’s Research is More Than What Meets the Eye
Assistant Professor Seok-Woo Lee deals with materials on a microscopic scale that have an immense impact on mechanical devices.. . .
Published: April 1, 2020
An MSE Undergrad’s Interest in Corrosion Led Him to the Perfect Research Project
MSE Senior Alex Perkins is currently working on a research project that has helped him reinforce his academic passions.. . .
Published: March 30, 2020
MSE Alumnus Joins External Advisory Board
MSE alumnus Neal Magdefrau is the newest addition to the MSE External Advisory Board. . .
Published: March 9, 2020
MSE Students Recognized at EMA 2020
Ayana Ghosh and Lucas Enright won awards for their research presentations at the annual EMA conference.. . .
Published: March 5, 2020
Canceled: 7th Annual MSE Banquet, April 3, 2020
Due to the recent university announcements regarding COVID-19, unfortunately, we need to cancel the MSE Banquet scheduled for Friday, 4/3. . . .
Published: March 4, 2020
How Working with NASA Led Theresa Nosel to Major in MSE
A MSE Sophomore learned to love materials science through her internships at NASA.. . .
Published: February 28, 2020
Lesley Frame Voted Vice President of Heat Treat Society
Assistant Professor Lesley Frame is the first woman in an HTS Officer Role. . .
Published: February 17, 2020
MSE Senior was One of Two Undergraduates Nationwide to Present in Advanced Round of Heat Treat Society Competition
MSE undergrad Indranie Rambarran made it to semi-finalist round in HTS student research competition.. . .
Published: February 17, 2020
MSE Undergraduate Interns at Oakridge National Lab
MSE Sophomore Ryan Gordon has been offered a prestigious internship at Oakridge National Lab though SULI Program. . .
Published: February 14, 2020
Forged in Fire; UConn Students Start Metal Working Club
MSE assistant professor Lesley Frame serves as a faculty adviser to the students metal working club. . . .
Published: February 5, 2020
How a Materials Scientist Steps Out Of His Comfort Zone by Conducting Diverse Research Projects In a User Facility at NCSU
MSE alumnus Ching-Chang Chung, Ph.D., works with a wide range of materials such as insects and fossils.. . .
Published: February 3, 2020
Ryan Keech Turned his Interest in Sports to a Successful MSE Career
As a sports fan looking for a college major, Ryan Keech became interested in the design and processing of football helmets and baseball bats in high s. . .
Published: January 24, 2020
New UConn Research Center Provides Reliable Data, Realistic Simulations for Manufacturing Industry
Assistant Professor Lesley Frame is the director of the new Center for Materials Processing Data (CMPD) at IPB.. . .
Published: January 23, 2020
Recent Ph.D. Graduate’s Work Featured in Journal of Materials Science
MSE graduate Abhinav Poozhikunnath's work was selected by the Journal of Materials Science for publication as the cover article for the print issue to. . .
Published: December 20, 2019
Why the Honors Program was ‘Worth the Challenge’ for Andrew Levin
Andrew Levin wanted to research technologies that could combat climate change. Majoring in Materials Science and Engineering united his interests in n. . .
Published: December 18, 2019
How One Student’s Bladesmithing Hobby Launched a Metalworking Club with over 200 Members
Two hundred years ago, one could find a blacksmith in every town or village in America. Handcrafting metal objects, from cooking utensils and candle h. . .
Published: December 16, 2019
Collaboration to Commercialize Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers
MSE Assistant Professor Jasna Jankovic is teaming with industrial partners to accelerate the development of high volume fabrication of components to f. . .
Published: December 4, 2019
How MSE Prepared Michelle Such to Enter a Growing Industry
MSE undergraduate Michelle Such is searching for ways to create aircraft parts more efficiently using 3D printing.. . .
Published: December 2, 2019
Radenka Maric Named AAAS Fellow
Vice President for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Radenka Maric, MSE, has been named a 2019 Fellow of the American Association for the Adva. . .
Published: November 26, 2019
MSE e-Bulletin 2019
Welcome to our 2019 Outreach Bulletin! This publication is intended to share news stories and features about departmental accolades, research being c. . .
Published: November 22, 2019
Grad Student Sharon Uwanyuze Wins a Rare Scholarship for Her Work on Refractory Ceramics
Sharon Uwanyuze, a Ph.D. candidate in Assistant Professor Stefan Schaffoener’s lab, was one of three students nationwide who received "The Refractor. . .
Published: November 8, 2019
Undergraduate MS&T Awards Include $1750 and Grad School Prep
MSE undergraduates won awards totaling $1750 for dome design and research presentations at the annual Materials Science & Technology conference in Por. . .
Published: October 25, 2019
From Failure Analysis to Blade Design
After spending years analyzing the reasons why helicopter parts broke, MSE alumna Rheanna Ward has learned that failure is rarely the end.. . .
Published: October 11, 2019
MSE Alumnus and Small Business Entrepreneur Brings a Unique Perspective to the External Advisory Board
Please join us in welcoming alumnus Neal Magdefrau, Ph.D., to the MSE External Advisory Board.. . .
Published: October 9, 2019
Dr. Cato Laurencin Wins the National Academy of Engineering 2019 Simon Ramo Founders Award
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on Oct. 6 honored UConn’s Dr. Cato T. Laurencin for his extraordinary impact on the engineering profession. . .
Published: October 7, 2019
Materials Scientist Fiona Leek joins MSE as Assistant Professor-in-Residence
We are pleased to welcome Fiona Leek, Ph.D., a UConn alumna and long-time employee of UConn’s Institute of Materials Science, as an assistant profes. . .
Published: September 27, 2019
MSE Welcomes Administrative Services Assistant Jennifer Steszewski
Jennifer joins the department with a strong background in education and administrative services, and a passion for helping others.. . .
Published: September 12, 2019
Pamir Alpay Appointed as Associate Dean of Engineering
Pamir Alpay, Materials Science and Engineering GE Professor in Advanced Manufacturing, has been appointed as Associate Dean for Research and Industria. . .
Published: August 14, 2019
Joining UConn MSE Led Sergey to Receive the ‘Best Gift’ in Science
Exploring ways to strengthen lightweight structural materials in order to withstand deformation and survive under extreme environments is understandab. . .
Published: August 12, 2019
MSE Grad Student Commended in 3-Minute Thesis Competition
Byung Jun, Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. student, received honorable mention in this year’s 3MT® Three Minute Thesis Competition, for pre. . .
Published: July 22, 2019
MSE Researcher Sees Paradigm Shift in the Future of Heat Treating
Lesley Frame's guest editorial on Heat Treatment in education in ASM's May/June Materials Solution Publication. . . .
Published: July 1, 2019
Dr. Sonia Tulyani Brings Innovation to the MSE External Advisory Board
The Materials Science and Engineering Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Sonia Tulyani as the newest member of the External Advisory Board. . . .
Published: June 6, 2019
MSE Professor Director of New Center for In Situ & Operando TEM in Collaboration With DENSsolutions
MSE Assistant Professor Yuanyuan Zhu is the Director of the UConn DENSsolutions Center for IN-siTu/Operando Electron Microscopy (InToEM) soon to be . . .
Published: May 22, 2019
Ulbrich Steel’s UConn MSE Alumni Foster Collaboration and Partnership
Sean Ketchum, along with Samantha Brantley (B.S. 2015), Samuel Guerra (B.S. 2017), Allie Kelley (B.S. 2015), and Keith Grayeb (B.S. 2009), are all alu. . .
Published: May 20, 2019
Undergraduate Victoria Reichelderfer Develops Skills as Legacy Leadership Student
MSE junior Victoria Reichelderfer is paving new paths for interdisciplinary leadership through a ‘Legacy Leadership’ experience, connecting her lo. . .
Published: May 10, 2019
MSE Department Celebrates Accomplishments, Looks to Future at 2019 Banquet
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering enjoyed an evening of food, science jokes, celebration, reflection, and mingling at the sixth annu. . .
Published: May 5, 2019
Meet the Researcher Solving Problems in 3D
Under the leadership of MSE Professor Rainer Hebert, the Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center (PW AMC) is addressing the biggest problems cur. . .
Published: May 4, 2019
MSE Undergraduate Hetal Patel Earns Two Competitive Fellowships
MSE undergraduate student Hetal Patel has been awarded not one, but two fellowships – the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship P. . .
Published: May 3, 2019
MSE Seniors Reach for the Stars with NASA Senior Design Project
MSE seniors Zachary Putney, Jonathan Gager, Ryan Wrobel and Spencer Matonis are currently elbows-deep in the opportunity of a lifetime: Helping buildi. . .
Published: May 2, 2019
Five-year Ph.D. Alumnus Paves Way for Breakthrough Electron Microscopy
Kyle Crosby earned his undergraduate degree, master’s degree, and his Ph.D. in materials science at UConn after spending nearly a decade working and. . .
Published: May 1, 2019
Graduate Student Ayana Ghosh Wins Prestigious Fellowship Award
MSE graduate student Ayana Ghosh has been named as the recipient of the prestigious John Tanaka Graduate Student Fellowship award, which is given annu. . .
Published: April 29, 2019
Dr. Seok-Woo Lee honored with Mentorship Excellence Award
In honor of his outstanding excellence in mentoring and supporting undergraduates in the MSE Department, Assistant Professor Seok-Woo Lee has been awa. . .
Published: April 22, 2019
Dr. Cato Laurencin Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Cato Laurencin is among the academy's 239th class, along with former First Lady Michelle Obama, and other leaders. . . .
Published: April 17, 2019
Collaboration Leads to Publication for MSE Faculty Member and Industry Partner
Pfizer formed a collaboration with MSE Associate Professor Serge Nakhmanson and his colleagues in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering . . .
Published: April 16, 2019
Avinash Dongare Named UTC Professor in Engineering Innovation
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Avinash Dongare, has been named the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professor in Engin. . .
Published: April 15, 2019
Distinguished MSE Alumna Leads the Next Generation of Engineers
A highly accomplished and distinguished MSE alumna, Dr. Jacquelynn Garofano (M.S. ’09, Ph.D. ’11), has been named Program Manager of the prestigio. . .
Published: April 3, 2019
Undergraduate Joe Podbielski Juggles Class, Lab Duties and Working on Blackhawks
Senior student Joseph Podbielski spends his school days helping manage labs for engineering students, and his summers helping design helicopters for S. . .
Published: March 29, 2019
MSE Professors on Team for $5.4 Million Air Force R&D Contract in Manufacturing Solutions
Over the next four years, Professor Pamir Alpay and Associate Professor Rainer Hebert will lead a team of researchers at the Innovation Partnership Bu. . .
Published: March 27, 2019
6th Annual MSE Banquet
Join our students, faculty, alumni, industry professionals, and distinguished guests as we network, commemorate our accomplishments, and honor our p. . .
Published: March 11, 2019
MSE Alumni Pushing the Envelope with VR and AR Technology
Zach Stone was one of the first undergraduate students to join the Materials Science and Engineering program back in 2001. Starting with a class of on. . .
Published: March 8, 2019
Bryan Huey Honored by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
Professor Bryan Huey is one of seven UConn researchers honored by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.. . .
Published: February 22, 2019
George A. Rossetti, Jr. Appointed MSE Associate Department Head
Dr. George A. Rossetti, Jr. has accepted the appointment as Associate Department Head for Materials Science and Engineering.. . .
Published: February 18, 2019
Professor Mei Wei named as School of Engineering Centennial Term Professor
MSE professor Mei Wei has been announced as the UConn School of Engineering’s Centennial Term Professor, an honor given to professors who have had a. . .
Published: February 11, 2019
40 Under 40 Entrepreneur Uses Engineering Skills To Bring People Affordable Glasses
The daughter of an optometrist and a Farmington native, MSE alumna and Connecticut businesswoman Stephanie Higgins Bealing is using her materials sci. . .
Published: February 6, 2019
Dr. Cato T. Laurencin Receives 2019 AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize
The Abelson Prize recognizes Dr. Cato Laurencin’s global leadership in biomedical technology innovation, public service in shaping United States tec. . .
Published: February 4, 2019
A Microscope as a Shovel? UConn Researchers Dig It
Using a familiar tool in a way it was never intended to be used opens up a whole new method to explore materials, report UConn researchers in Proceedi. . .
Published: January 28, 2019
UConn Partners in $12.5M DOE Research Center on US Nuclear Security
MSE Associate Professor Avinash Dongare will serve as one of the principal investigators for the Center for Research Excellence on Dynamically Deforme. . .
Published: December 14, 2018
MSE Graduate Students Show Off Presentations at Grad Student Speaking Contest
Four Materials Science and Engineering graduate students let their communication and presentation skills shine at the 2018 Fall Graduate Student Speak. . .
Published: December 10, 2018
From Undecided to Dean of Engineering
As Dean at Michigan Tech, where the mascot is also a husky, Callahan has the important responsibility of leading the academic and research mission of . . .
Published: December 7, 2018
Alumna Alexandra Merkouriou Talks Outreach, Career, and Semiconductors
Alexandra accredits her success and passion for materials science to her professors here at UConn and her colleagues at her current workplace. She rec. . .
Published: December 3, 2018
2018 ASM Conference Allows MSE Undergraduates to Meet and Compete
The 2018 Materials Science and Technology (MS&T) Conference in Columbus, Ohio brought thousands of scientists and innovators from around the globe to . . .
Published: November 5, 2018
Accomplished Advisory Board Member Elected President of ASM
MSE Department Advisory Board member and Senior Fellow Discipline Lead, Materials & Processes Engineeringat Pratt & Whitney Dr. Dave Furrer has been . . .
Published: November 2, 2018
Professor S. Pamir Alpay Elected ACerS Fellow
The Materials Science and Engineering’s own Professor S. Pamir Alpay, Executive Director of the Innovation Partnership Building at UConn Tech Park, . . .
Published: October 29, 2018
UConn Material Advantage Student Chapter shows off at Farmington STEAM Night
The UConn Material Advantage Student Chapter, consisting of MSE undergraduates Amanda Agui, Victoria Reichelderfer, and Joe Tracey, along with MSE ass. . .
Published: October 26, 2018
Meet Garvit Agarwal, 2018 Graduate Student of The Year
Garvit Agarwal is a Ph.D. student studying atomistic and mesoscale modeling of dynamic defect structure evolution during high strain rate loading. He . . .
Published: October 24, 2018
UConn Engineering Professor Laurencin Gives Plenary Lecture at MS&T 18 Conference
Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, the University of Connecticut’s 8th University Professor in school history and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. . .
Published: October 16, 2018
Making Research Connections at UConn
Riley Blumenfield, a materials science and engineering student, Honors Program STEM scholar, and president of engineering sorority Phi Sigma Rho came . . .
Published: October 15, 2018
MSE Faculty Member Selected for Heat Treat Today 40 Under 40 List
We are pleased to announce that MSE faculty member Lesley Frame has been named a member of Heat Treat Today 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 for her resear. . .
Published: October 15, 2018
Graduating with a C.E.O – Erica Kramer, Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, CEO
For millions of patients worldwide, the best hope for recovery from traumatic bone injury or joint disease is an autograft — the use of bone harvest. . .
Published: October 5, 2018
Engineering Clubs Meet and Compete at Friendly Soccer Tournament
By Marlese Lessing Undergraduate students from the department of Materials Science and Engineering proved victorious in a friendly soccer match. . .
Published: October 3, 2018
A Supercharged Atomic Engine
MSE alumna Dr. Yomery Espinal made the news when her work on pyroelectrics and antiferroelectric fields was published in 'Science Trends.' She is a BD. . .
Published: September 19, 2018
MSE Professor Mark Aindow Takes on New Role in the Office of the Vice President for Research
Professor Mark Aindow has been appointed as the Executive Director for Innovation, External Engagement and Industry Relations in the Office of the Vic. . .
Published: September 10, 2018
MSE e-Bulletin 2018
Welcome to our 2018 Outreach Bulletin! This publication is intended to share news stories and features about departmental accolades, research being c. . .
Published: September 5, 2018
MSE Faculty Article on Piezoelectric Ceramics Featured in August 2018 MRS Bulletin
Dr. George A. Rossetti, Jr., in collaboration with Dr. Dragan Damjanovic (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne), has published an article. . .
Published: September 3, 2018
Meet Our New Faculty
MSE proudly welcomes five new faculty members this year.. . .
Published: August 27, 2018
New Findings May Lead to Sea Change in Desalination Technology
In the current issue of Science, researchers at the University of Connecticut offer a new approach to manufacturing a key facet of the process — the. . .
Published: August 17, 2018
Dinstinguished Professor Harold Brody Honored by Advanced Casting Research Center
The Advanced Casting Research Center of Worcester Polytechnic Institute has bestowed its Merton C. Flemings Award upon Distinguished Professor Harold . . .
Published: June 25, 2018