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2017 class portrait and awards

At the annual SMS picnic in the Whitaker courtyard on May 3, graduating students in attendance gathered for a portrait and departmental awards for 2017 were announced. In addition to established awards, two new prizes were given for the department’s first annual research symposium held last month. Congratulations to our award …

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2017 materials research symposium awards

At the annual SMS picnic, prizes were awarded for the department’s first annual research symposium held April 20. Congratulations to our award winners: The prize for Best Presentation was awarded to Zakaria Hsain for Wear Behavior of Annealed Atomic Layer Deposited Alumina Thin Films. His advisor is Nicholas Strandwitz. The …

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Misiolek wins wire industry award

Wojtek Misiolek was one of two recipients of the annual Schneider Memorial Award presented in March by the Polish Chapter of Wire Association International (WAI). The award is named in honor of Marian Schneider, 1899-1969, to recognize individuals who have made major contributions to the development of both Polish and …

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Romig to deliver EMS commencement address

Alton D. Romig, Jr., B.S. ’75, M.S. ’77, Ph.D. ’79 and executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering, will deliver the commencement address for Penn State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences on May 5, 2017. Romig was honored with a distinguished alumni award from the department of Materials …

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Cheng named Class of 1961 Professor

Xuanhong Cheng, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected to receive a Class of 1961 Professorship for 2017-2019. The Lehigh University Class of 1961 established the endowment in 1981 to recognize newly tenured faculty for distinction in research, teaching and service. Selection is based …

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Planet-friendly plastic production

Chris Kiely, professor of materials science and chemical engineering and Li Lu, PhD candidate in materials science, were part of an international team that unlocked the secret of a gold-based catalyst responsible for a new, environmentally-friendly method of producing an industrial chemical known as vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) — used …

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From metallurgy to philanthropy

John M. Thalheimer ’55, former owner of one of the largest processors and recyclers of nonferrous scrap metal in the world, died in December 2016. He was 82. Thalheimer was born in 1934 in Stuttgart, and escaped with his family from Nazi Germany to the U.S. in 1936. He was the first member …

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Hertzberg awarded ICF gold medal

Richard W. Hertzberg, professor emeritus and distinguished alumnus in the department of Materials Science and Engineering, has won the 2017 Paris Gold Medal from the International Congress on Fracture (ICF) for his contributions to the field of fracture and fatigue. The award was named after Paul C. Paris, Hertzberg’s dissertation …

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New, updated materials courses for Fall 2017

NEW: MAT 398/BIOE 395 – Introduction to Biomaterials (3 credits). Application of materials science and engineering principles to biomedical materials with a focus on polymers, ceramics, and metals. Synthesis and fabrication of biomaterials; structure-property-function relationships related to biocompatibility and bioactivity; nano- to macro-scale characterization; material-tissue interactions; and applications of biomaterials …

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Brigandi first online PhD graduate

Paul Brigandi, an associate research scientist at Dow Chemical Company in Collegeville, earned his doctorate online part time while working full time. Brigandi is the first graduate to earn a PhD in the department’s online program. Brigandi’s thesis is “Electrically Conductive Multiphase Polymer Blend Carbon-Based Composites.” His advisor is Ray …

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