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August 2014

  • Brian Lin has been award the best paper award

    TMS announced that MSE graduate student, Brian Lin will be awarded best paper at the TMS 2015 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in March 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Brian's paper "Reducing the Dependency on Government Funding" was awarded for showing original thought and creativity on global or national issues relating to the field of metallurgy or materials science.

May 2014

  • Whitacre receives "Resonate" award

    Professor Jay Whitacre received one of the 2014 "Resonate" awards from the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech. The award recognizes his achievements as founder of Aquion Energy, spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in late 2009. Since then this organization has raised over $100 Million, has over 130 employees, and is currently shipping products.

    As the primary technical lead and CTO, Whitacre has been deeply involved with decisions ranging from basic materials selection, to the implementation of manufacturing equipment, to negotiating product placement with customers around the world. The potential for impact of this technology is extremely high, as it represents a legitimate pathway to being inexpensive enough (under $100/kWh) to enable the displacement of some traditional baseload fossil fuel sources by solar and wind.
  • Laughlin Presented with Bain Award

    At the May 15, 2014 meeting of the Pittsburgh Golden Chapter of the ASM International, Professor David Laughlin was given the Edgar C. Bain Award. This award is given to "an outstanding member (of ASM International) for valuable contributions to the metallurgical and materials community." Robert Dax (CMU alumni) who presented the award, noted that it was first given in 1973 to Professor Robert F. Mehl of CMU. On being presented with the award, Laughlin pointed out that Bain not only is known for "Bainite" and the "Bain Strain" but was also the first American scientist to report on the existence of superlattice reflections in "x-ray spectrograms" of atomic ordering alloys.
  • Whitacre named one of "World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators"

    Professor Jay Whitacre was named 19th on Fortune's World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators list for his work on developing a long-lasting saltwater battery. See the entire list here.

April 2014

  • Gregory Rohrer receives American Ceramics Society Award

    Congratulations to Gregory Rohrer on receiving The American Ceramic Society’s W. David Kingery Award, which recognizes distinguished lifelong achievements involving multidisciplinary and global contributions to ceramic technology, science, education and art. Recognition of this achievement will be given at the ACerS Honors and Awards Banquet at our 116th Annual Meeting on Monday, October 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

March 2014

February 2014

  • Jay Whitacre receives Carnegie Science Award

    Jay Whitacre was named the recipient of the Carnegie Science Center’s Advanced Materials Award. Whitacre is being honored for developing a novel sodium-ion battery that can be made using low-cost materials and manufacturing techniques. The technology has resulted in a spinoff venture, Aquion Energy, which is anticipated to grow into a 300-person enterprise by 2015. Whitacre also received an honorable mention for the Start-Up Entrepreneur Award.

January 2014

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Elects Subra Suresh as Foreign Member

    President Subra Suresh has been elected a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for his scientific contributions in materials science and engineering, including his work connecting nanomechanical cell structure to disease states.

    He also was honored for his leadership in building the worldwide scientific and engineering research dialogue through the Global Research Council, which he helped to found while director of the U.S. National Science Foundation. The council will have its annual meeting in May 2014 in Beijing.

    The Chinese Academy of Sciences is a prestigious national advisory body for the Chinese government. It has made significant contributions to scientific progress and social development in China, as well as fostered international cooperation among scientific communities.

    Suresh is one of nine foreign members elected in 2013. They will be honored at the 17th General Assembly of the CAS in June 2014 in Beijing.

    He is the second faculty member from CMU to receive this honor. The late Herbert Simon was named a foreign member of the CAS in 1994.

    Suresh is the only current U.S. university president to have been named a foreign member of the CAS and a member of all three U.S. National Academies — the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences.

December 2013

  • Scott Institute Video Series Highlights CMU Energy Research

    CMU's mascot, the Scottish terrier is featured alongside energy expert Jay Whitacre in a new video from the Scott Institute that highlights the university's pioneering research. Jay Whitacre provides an overview of the importance of energy storage and conversion technologies, as well as next-generation devices being developed at CMU. See video.
  • Lily Nguyen awarded research fellowship

    Lily Nguyen has been awarded a $5,000 International Research Fellowship Award to travel to the Karlsruhrer Institute fur Technologie in Germany. Lily is a current Ph.D student working with Marc DeGraef on the characterization of grain shapes and their evolution from 3D microstructure.

November 2013

  • Rollett wins Cyril Stanley Smith Award

    TMS has announced that Anthony Rollett has been named as the winner of the Cyril Stanley Smith Award for insights into grain growth and texture development derived from quantitative, mesoscale, computer modeling using anisotropic grain boundary properties. Tony will receive the award at the Banquet during the 2014 TMS meeting this February in San Diego.
  • Erica Sampson awarded best paper prize

    Erica Sampson has been awarded the best paper award at the IAS (Argentinian Iron and Steel Institute) annual Steel Conference in Argentina. The prestigious conference on Ironmaking, Steelmaking, Rolling and Steel Products is the major steel conference in South America. The conference took place from 5-7 November 2013 at Rozario, Argentina.

    Sampson’s paper was entitled “Oxidation and embrittlement in grain boundaries induced by Cu in a low carbon steel with Cr and 0.2% Cu under different thermal and atmospheric conditions”. The paper was produced along her advisor Sridhar Seetharaman (Warwick) and J.A. Mendez and C. Cicutti of Tenaris Siderca in Argentina.

October 2013

  • Justin Freedman awarded NSERC Fellowship

    Justin Freedman has been awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarship Doctoral Award for his studies in mechanical engineering. NSERC, the Canadian equivalent of the National Science Foundation, provides funding to high-caliber students who are engaged in doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering.

    Justin is a part of Professor Jon Malen's group researching nano-scale thermal transport in bulk structures. His focus is the measurement of heat-carrying phonons through semiconductor materials. He and his group aim to find out why a material's thermal properties change in nanostructures.
  • Michael McHenry Awarded Distinguished Materials Science Award for Outstanding Research

    Carnegie Mellon University's Michael E. McHenry is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 TMS (The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) Award for research excellence in electronic, magnetic and photonic materials research. The award will be presented February 16-20, 2014, during the 143rd TMS Conference in San Diego.

    "I am extremely pleased with this award as I work to pioneer research in the areas of nanocomposite materials for a variety of industry, laboratory and basic research sectors," said McHenry, a professor in materials science and engineering at CMU.

    For more than a decade, McHenry has been developing new materials, processes and unique designs for high-frequency switching applications. Most recently, he also is developing new materials and processes for improving the efficiency of power transformation. The work is expected to impact the economic success of America's manufacturing sector, while enabling new power and energy applications.

    "This is a great honor for Mike as he continues to revolutionize novel research and as we seek to transform materials science research and education," said Greg Rohrer, head of CMU's Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

    An innovative researcher, McHenry has served as editor, publication chair and a member of the program committee for the Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) and Intermag Conference. He has published more than 250 papers, a textbook and owns two patents in the field.

September 2013

  • Michael McHenry recipient of Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award

    Michael McHenry has been chosen as recipient of the 2014 TMS Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award. This award recognizes an individual for research excellence in one or more areas related to electronic, magnetic, and photonic materials science. McHenry was nominated by MSE alumni, Matthew Willard and will be recognized during the 143rd TMS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA in February 2014.

August 2013

  • Marc DeGraef publication is a featured article in Modeling and Simulations in Materials Science and Engineering. "Area-preserving projections from hexagonal and triangular domains to the sphere and applications to electron back-scatter diffraction pattern simulations" Read more

July 2013

  • The AIST Metallurgy Technology Division selected Erica Sampson as the recipient of the Jerry Silver Award for Best Paper 2013 for your work entitled “Effect of Silicon on Hot Shortness.” Originally established in 1991, then re-established as an AIST award in 2005, this award was named in honor of Jerry Silver in recognition of his leadership in the development of student affairs and programs for the Iron & Steel Society. The award is presented to the author of a process metallurgy or product applications technical paper judged to be the best of class by the AIST Metallurgy Technology Division. This award will be recognized during the AIST Metallurgy, Processing, Products & Applications Technology Committee Meeting, co-located with the MS&T 2013 conference in Montreal, Canada in October 2013. Erica is currently working on her Ph.D. under the advisement of Dr. Sridhar Seetharaman.

May 2013

  • Garrison Develops New High-Stress Steel for Industry

    Warren M. Garrison Jr. has developed a new ultra-strength steel of high fracture toughness that is significantly less expensive to manufacture than existing products

    The new steel contains no cobalt and only a relatively small amount of nickel and therefore is much less expensive than other ultra-high strength steels of high fracture toughness — all of which contain large amounts of cobalt and nickel.

    Garrison said the new steel is one of the outcomes of a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program, which was funded by the U.S. Navy.

    One of the objectives of the STTR program was the development of an inexpensive, ultra-strength steel with high fracture toughness that could be used in Navy aircraft applications. The company in charge of the STTR program was Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation of Warminster, Pa., which specializes in engineering and technical support for the Department of Defense, the U.S. government and private industry.

    CMU's Garrison worked with Jeffrey Waldman, the scientist in charge of the program at Navmar, and William Frazier, chief scientist at the Air Vehicle Engineering Department of the Naval Air Systems Command.

    The new steel developed at CMU also has excellent resistance to crack growth during stress corrosion cracking in salt water. "The rate of crack growth during stress corrosion cracking of the new steel is comparable to that of other ultra-high strength steels of high fracture toughness and is much better than that of low alloy steel 300M, which is the steel used in the landing gear of most commercial aircraft," said Garrison, who has a patent pending for the new steel.

    The researchers report that the next step in the development of the new steel would be to assess its properties in commercial scale heats. While the alloy was developed with Navy aircraft applications in mind, given its low cost and high toughness, it could be used for other applications.

April 2013

  • Christopher Bettinger Develops Edible Electronics for Medical Device Industry

    It sounds futuristic, but today Carnegie Mellon University researchers are developing edible electronic devices that can be implanted in the body to improve patient care.

    "We are creating electronically active medical devices that can be implanted in the body," said Christopher Bettinger, an assistant professor in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at CMU. "The idea is for a patient to consume a pill that encapsulates the device."

    Coverage by CBS PIttsburgh.
    Bettinger, along with Jay Whitacre, a professor of materials science and engineering, is creating edible power sources for medical devices that can be taken orally using materials found in the daily diet.

    "Our design involves flexible polymer electrodes and a sodium ion electrochemical cell, which allows us to fold the mechanism into an edible pill that encapsulates the device," Bettinger said.

    CMU researchers report that the edible device could be programmed and deployed in the gastrointestinal tract or the small intestine depending upon packaging. Once the battery packaging is in place, Bettinger's team would activate the battery.

    Bettinger reports that the battery could power biosensors to measure biomarkers or monitor gastric problems. The battery also could be used to stimulate damaged tissue or help in targeted drug delivery for certain types of cancer.

    "There's so much out there we can do with this novel approach to medical devices," said Bettinger, a recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research for his innovative work on advanced materials for next-generation implanted medical devices.

    Bettinger has worked for more than a decade at the interface of materials science and biomedical engineering. Some of his innovative technologies include new synthetic materials that mimic the natural properties of soft tissue and biodegradable electronics that could usher in a new era of electronically active implants.

    More information about Bettinger here. See coverage by CBS Pittsburgh.

February 2013

  • Debdutta Roy is the recipient of the 2013 Ladle & Secondary Refining Award for Best Paper

    The AIST Refining and Casting Technical Division, Ladle and Secondary Refining Technology Committee selected, MSE recent graduate student, Debdutta Roy as the recipient of the 2013 Ladle and Secondary Refining Award for Best Paper for her work entitled "The Effect of Silicon on Desulfurization of Al-Killed Steels."

    Established in 2005, this award is presented to the author of a ladle and secondary refining technical paper judged to be the best of class by the AIST Ladle and Secondary Refining Technology Committee. Dedbutta will receive this award at a presentation in May 2013.

January 2013

  • Carnegie Mellon University’s Sumit Goenka Receives Shri Ram Arora Award at TMS2013

    Sumit Goenka, Graduate Student at Carnegie Mellon University, will be recognized by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) with the Shri Ram Arora Award. Goenka will receive the award at the TMS 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, on March 5.

    Said Goenka: “Shri Ram Arora recognizes young researchers in the field of materials science and engineering. Receiving this prestigious award and attending TMS2013 provides me a platform to interact with researchers and people working in similar areas. This is a great opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and collaborate with faculties having similar interests. As a TMS student member, I not only get to apply for various scholarships and awards, but also expose me to the industry-institute interaction.

    Presented by the TMS Foundation through a grant from the Dr. Om Arora family, as a means of perpetuating their father’s, Shri Ram Arora, quest for continual learning and academic challenge, this award recognizes, encourages, and supports the quest for knowledge within the materials science and engineering community. Winners receive an engraved award and cash honorarium.

    Goenka will receive the award at the 2013 TMS-AIME Honors & Awards Banquet, to be held March 5, 2013 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, as part of the TMS 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

    Now in its 142nd year, the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition attracts approximately 4,000 materials scientists and engineers working in industry, academia, and government from more than 68 countries. TMS2013 is scheduled for March 3-7, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, visit

    TMS is a member-driven international professional society dedicated to fostering the exchange of learning and ideas across the entire range of materials science and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production, to basic research and the advanced applications of materials.

  • McHenry named distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Magnetics Society

    Michael McHenry has been named distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Magnetics Society. As part of this honor, he will give more than 30 talks world wide during the next year. The award recognizes his contributions to magnetic materials and his lectures will focus on high frequency magnetic materials and their use in transformers and integration into the power grid.


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