MSE e-Bulletin 2021
Our 2021 Outreach Bulletin shares news stories and features about departmental accolades, research being conducted by MSE faculty, and alumni intervie. . .
Published: October 25, 2021
MSE Students’ Fluxtrol Research Makes Semifinals at National Heat Treat Society Conference
MSE senior Quenten Dean led fellow MSE student competitors as they participated in the nation’s largest, annual thermal processing conference. . .
Published: October 13, 2021
MSE Seniors Redesign Alloy Casting of Senior Souvenir
MSE Seniors Megan and Marin took on a special project through their final semester as they redesigned the classic ‘UCONN’ Souvenir . . .
Published: June 9, 2021
MSE Undergraduate Student Receives a Research Aide Appointment with Argonne National Laboratory
MSE undergraduate student, Samuel Schaefer, has accepted a Research Aide Appointment at Argonne National Laboratory as part of a collaboration with MS. . .
Published: April 5, 2021
MSE Undergraduate Seeks to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission through Research on Air Filtration Systems
University Scholar and third-year MSE undergraduate student, Robert Williams, is performing research on air filtration systems that may help to reduce. . .
Published: March 22, 2021
MSE Undergrad Is Paving the Way for Underrepresented Women in the Field of Engineering
Undergraduate Brittany Nelson Forges a Place for Underrepresented Women in MSE.. . .
Published: February 24, 2021
MSE Undergraduate Student Receives Grant to Research Titanium Metallurgy on the Moon
Undergraduate Student Sarah Myrick is awarded NASA CT Space Grant Consortium Award. . . .
Published: December 22, 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Professors, Professionals and Students Mingle and Celebrate at MSE Banquet
Students, alumni and faculty of the University of Connecticut Department of Materials Science and Engineering celebrated their, and their peers’, ac. . .
Published: June 22, 2018
Senior Design Day 2018
Congratulations to the 2018 MSE Senior Design Project Final Presentation Winners!. . .
Published: May 4, 2018
STEM Scholar Ryan Cordier’s Learning Has No Borders
Undergraduate and STEM Scholar Ryan Cordier was initially interested in attending medical school once he completed his degree in biomedical engineerin. . .
Published: April 25, 2018
Yanghuang Lu Maximizes His Skills Within The MSE Department
What does every field of engineering have in common? According to undergraduate Yanghuang Lu, they all involve utilizing materials to maximize the per. . .
Published: April 9, 2018
Senior MSE Student, Mariel Colby Looks Forward to Hands-On Industry Experience
For undergraduate student Mariel Colby, studying MSE means increasing her career opportunities. Unlike other engineering programs where students are l. . .
Published: March 23, 2018
5th Annual MSE Banquet
Join our undergraduate (UCMA) and graduate (MRS) student organizations, faculty, and alumni for an MSE Night dedicated to celebrating our accomplishm. . .
Published: March 21, 2018
Technical Associate, Adam Wentworth Successfully Fulfills Many Roles Within MSE
Researching, installing, maintaining and calibrating equipment are just some of the many responsibilities Adam Wentworth carries out as a technical as. . .
Published: March 9, 2018
Welcoming New UCMA Officers of 2018
Every year, UConn’s Materials Advantage Chapter (UCMA) holds an election to appoint new officers to the executive board. This year’s UCMA election. . .
Published: February 21, 2018
MSE-IMS Students Win at 2018 Electronic and Advanced Materials
The Electronic and Advanced Materials Conference (EAM) is geared towards engineers, technologists, researchers and students with an interest in scienc. . .
Published: February 16, 2018
MSE Undergraduate Awarded NASA CT Space Grant Fellowship
Recently, MSE Sophomore, Joyce Caliendo received the NASA CT Space Grant Fellowship. This grant will go towards Joyce’s current research on chitosan. . .
Published: December 27, 2017
From Undecided Undergraduate to Successful MSE Student
Originally, Junior and honors student Kenna Ritter came to UConn undecided about her major before ultimately choosing MSE. She vaguely knew she wanted. . .
Published: December 13, 2017
MSE Grad Student Takes Home Gold at National Engineering Conference
John Sypek, MSE graduate student, was amongst a small group of students from across the country who received top honors from the Materials Research So. . .
Published: December 8, 2017
Su Jeong Heo Wins Baker Award for Fuel Cell Research
Su Jeong Heo, Ph.D. candidate at MSE was awarded first place for the 2017 Dr. Bernard S. Baker Award in fuel cell research at the 2017 Fuel Cell Semin. . .
Published: December 4, 2017
MSE’s Tyler Flanagan Discusses Nanomechanical Research
According to graduate student Tyler Flanagan, cold spray is more than just his current research topic, but an effective way to repair helicopter parts. . .
Published: November 8, 2017
UConn MSE Seniors Attend World Maker Faire For NASA Capstone Project
UConn MSE students presented their projects related to additive manufacturing at the World Maker Faire in NY Hall of Science Queens, NY for the third . . .
Published: October 16, 2017
Graduate Student Turns Early Interest Into a Career in MSE
Ph.D. student, Gyuho Song’s path in materials science and engineering was paved at an early age. His passion for materials science started at age 10. . .
Published: September 25, 2017
MSE e-Bulletin 2017
Welcome to our 2017 Outreach Bulletin! This publication is intended to share news stories and features about departmental accolades, research being c. . .
Published: August 23, 2017
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 ti. . .
Published: June 16, 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 Departmen. . .
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 gradua. . .
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 . . .
Published: April 19, 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 networkin. . .
Published: April 5, 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 . . .
Published: March 29, 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 Tu. . .
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 . . .
Published: March 17, 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 Ma. . .
Published: March 3, 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 resear. . .
Published: March 1, 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 Scienc. . .
Published: February 20, 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 . . .
Published: February 6, 2017
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, inter. . .
Published: December 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 me. . .
Published: November 7, 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 . . .
Published: November 2, 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. . .
Published: October 26, 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. De. . .
Published: September 26, 2016
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 Edito. . .
Published: September 7, 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 wav. . .
Published: May 31, 2016
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
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 . . .
Published: April 29, 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
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 additi. . .
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 scien. . .
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 UC. . .
Published: March 18, 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. . .
Published: March 7, 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 . . .
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, “Aco. . .
Published: February 5, 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 sci. . .
Published: January 20, 2016
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 Materia. . .
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 . . .
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 Nig. . .
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. . .
Published: November 19, 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 Internati. . .
Published: November 2, 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. . .
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 . . .
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 Fo. . .
Published: October 8, 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. . .
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 Bache. . .
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, inhib. . .
Published: September 21, 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 . . .
Published: September 14, 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
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 sc. . .
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 wor. . .
Published: July 27, 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 cele. . .
Published: June 15, 2015
MSE Ph.D. Student Kan Fu and Team Participate in BASF 150th Anniversary North American Science Competition
When the BASF 150th Anniversary North American Competition challenge theme was announced early February, Kan Fu—a 4th year UConn MSE Ph.D. candidate. . .
Published: June 15, 2015
MSE Celebrates the Class of 2015
On Saturday, May 9th in Gampel Pavilion, the School of Engineering convened for 2015 Commencement. Dean Dr. Kazem Kazerounian and Provost Dr. Mun Choi. . .
Published: June 1, 2015