By Alec Arbia, Written Communications Assistant
The department is excited to welcome Dr. Paul Su and Victoria Reichelderfer as the newest two members of the MSE External Advisory Board. Now comprising nine highly reputable industry partners and alumni, the Board works to guide our curriculum, support our initiatives, and ultimately enhance the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the university, state, and national level.
Dr. Su is a University of Connecticut alumnus who earned his Ph.D. from the Materials Science and Engineering department in 1997. Paul has participated in materials R&D for over 30 years, especially in corrosion mitigation, materials degradation and monitoring, failure analysis, and chemical product development in the property insurance, chemical, and aerospace industries. He is a Fellow of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers and member of IEEE, ASM International, and ASME societies. In addition, Paul has received a patent and seven industry awards.
Victoria Reichelderfer graduated from UConn with her bachelor’s in 2020 and from the University of Colorado Boulder with her master’s in 2022, both in materials science and engineering. After moving back to the east coast, she began working as a materials and process engineer at Kaman Air Vehicles in Bloomfield, CT. There, she supports materials selection and process development, working mainly with metals and composites. Outside of work, Victoria is involved with the Society of Women Engineers and ASM’s Heat Treat Society, and is an active member of the Heat Treat Society’s R&D committee.
Cycling off of the MSE External Advisory Board are Peter Chomowicz, Peter Jarrett, and Howard Orr.
Department Head Bryan Huey notes, “We are so grateful to all of our board members for their advice and support, and will miss Peter, Peter, and Howard for their 30 years of collective insights. The EAB in general is always so helpful in advocating for our program, keeping the university attuned to industry priorities and concerns, and steering resources our way like equipment donations, internships, and jobs for our students and alumni.
The Board’s next meeting will be held in-person in Science 1 on the afternoon of April 14th, 2023, and many will join the department’s annual banquet that evening.
Published: March 16, 2023