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  • Feinberg published in Nature Methods

    Adam Feinberg's research group published a paper in Nature Methods, entitled "Conformal nanopatterning of extracellular matrix proteins onto topographically complex surfaces", where they described a new technique to apply matrix proteins to surfaces in complex geometries for guiding cells (read the article and news release.)
  • MSE alum awarded TMS paper award

    MSE alum Yiling Zhang (M.S. 2010, Ph.D. 2013) has been chosen as the recipient of the 2014 TMS LIGHT METALS DIVISION ENERGY BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD. Thisaward recognizes the individual excellence of a paper exemplifying the application of science in solving a practical problem related to an energy Topic.

    The award winning paper was published in Energy Technology 2014, was co-authored with his advisors, Professor Paul Salvador and Professor Gregory Rohrer, and is entitled "Ferroelectric-Enhanced Photocatalysis with TiO2/BiFeO3".

    Formal presentation of the award will be made at the Energy Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 17 in in Orlando, Florida, during the 144th TMS Annual Meeting.
  • Bockstaller elected an APS Fellow

    Michael Bockstaller was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. The citation will be published in the March 2015 issue of APS News. The citation will read "For his fundamental contributions to the understanding of block polymer - nanoparticle composites leading to control novel photonic and plasmonic properties." Congratulations Michael!


  • Megha Jampani's paper selected for publishing

    MSE Doctoral Student, Megha Jampani's paper (co-authored with P.C. Pistorius) "Increased Use of Natural Gas in Blast Furnance Ironmaking", which was presented at AISTech 2014, has been selected for publication in the March 2015 issue of Iron & Steel Technology magazine.
  • CMU iGEM Team 2014 Receives Awards at the iGEM World Jamboree

    The Carnegie Mellon iGEM2014 Team traveled to Boston to compete in the iGEM Giant Jamboree. There were 245 Undergraduate and Overgraduate Teams from around the world participating and CMU returned with a Gold Medal Achievement Award, an Interlab Study Award and the Best Poster Award, the most awards received by any US Undergraduate Team.

    The project titled “STREAM, Sensors That Report Endocrine Activating Molecules” tackled the problem of detecting estrogenic compounds in water.

    Team members Ali Celentano (Business/Bio 2015), Dominique MacCalla (MatSci/BME 2016), Nicole Matamala (CivE/BME 2017), Danielle Peters (Bio 2015), Courtney Pozzi (Industrial Design/BME 2017), Niteesh Sundaram (ECE 2015) and Lena Wang (Bio/BME 2015) are thankful for the support provided by a SURG-CW, a ProSEED-CW, Thermo Scientific, college and departmental funds that made this opportunity possible.

    Additionally, the team project was one of the short microbiology lectures November 14, 2014 at Phipps Conservatory.


  • Bockstaller receives patent
    Michael Bockstaller was recently issued a US patent for his work on core-shell systems with controlled optical properties. This is described in U.S. Patent 8,865,797 issued October 21, 2014 "HYBRID PARTICLE COMPOSITE STRUCTURES WITH REDUCED SCATTERING" Co-authors on the patent are Krzys Matyjeszewski and Lindsay Bombalski.
  • Graduate Student, Wei Wu wins awards at MS&T

    Wei Wu won a 1st place award for best poster at the Material Advantage Graduate Student Poster Competition during MS&T in October 2014. During the same meeting, Wei also was awarded the "sapphire" award in the Graduate Excellence in materials Science (GEMS) student speaking competition. Wei is currently a doctoral student working with Professor Jay Whitacre.

September 2014

  • Bockstaller receives DOE grant

    Michael Bockstaller was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Energy, which is a collaboration with Bob Davis, Burak Ozdoganlar, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Jonathan Malen, Alan McGaughey, and Sheng Shen. The fifteen month, $750,000 project is entitled, "Novel Transparent Phosphor Conversion Matrix with High Thermal Conductivity for Next-Generation Phosphor-Converted LED-based Solid State Lighting".
  • MSE program ranked 6th nationally, 14th internationally

    Carnegie Mellon University’s Materials Science and Engineering program has been ranked 6th nationally and 14th internationally by British education company Quacquarelli Symonds’ (QS) 2014 World Education Rankings. The QS rankings are among the top three most influential and widely observed international university rankings.

    “The ranking reflects the strength of our academic reputation and scholarship; these are two of the three factors in the scoring,” said Greg Rohrer, who heads Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. “In other words, the research carried out by our faculty and students is highly respected across the world.”

    Rohrer noted that the department will continue to pursue the most technologically relevant areas, such as materials science, materials for energy systems, and biomaterials.

    “We have excellent young faculty whose reputations in the academic world are growing and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future,” Rohrer said. “It is the work and accomplishments of these faculty who will advance our reputation.”
  • Feinberg selected as Young Innovator

    Adam Feinberg was recently selected as a Young Innovator by the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering, based on a study "Shrink Wrapping Cells in a Defined Extracellular Matrix to Modulate the Chemo-Mechanical Microenvironment" published by his research group in the journal.

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.

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