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April 2015

  • Whitacre, Aquion Featured in Bloomberg Article

    Young companies staked by big backers are challenging fossil fuels with new ways to hold sun and wind power in the $50 billion energy storage market. Read full article here:
  • MSE undergraduate awarded Goldwater Scholarship Congratulations to MSE junior, Joshua Kubiak who is one of two undergraduate students to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship this year! Kubiak works as an research assistant in Michael Bockstaller's lab.
  • Suresh & collaborators create device that extracts rare tumor cells using sound

    MSE Professor & CMU President Subra Suresh and MIT and Penn State collaborators have created a microfluidic device that uses acoustic waves to separate circulating tumor cells from blood cells, at a speed up to 20 times higher than that achieved in prior attempts. Additionally, the researchers tested their device, for which a patent application has been filed, using patient samples for the first time. Continue reading:
  • MSE student wins at 3mt

    MSE Doctoral Student, Vincent De George was one of eleven finalists in CMU's second annual Three Minute Thesis Championship which was held on Tuesday, April 8th. Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition that challenges Ph.D. students to give a compelling presentation on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes, in language that anyone can understand. Vincent was chosen by the audience as the People's Choice winner and received a check for $500. The title of his entry was: Materials Science & Engineering: "Tomorrow's Electricity: Stadium or Lawn Seating"

March 2015

  • Feinberg interviewed by Huffington Post

    Adam Feinberg was featured in a Huffington Post Q&A with cardiologist/author Dr. Cynthia Thaik, where the two discussed the question "can science and technology fix a broken heart?" Despite major advancements in medicine, we cannot reverse the damage on heart tissue after trauma like heart attacks or strokes. As part of the conversation, Feinberg sheds some light on his own work that could provide the solution we’ve been waiting for. Check it out:

February 2015

  • MSE Students won big at the ASM Pittsburgh Chapter's Young Members Night

    The annual event was held on Thursday, February 19th and the MSE Department was well represented with Senior, Catherine Groschner taking home the Outstanding Senior Award and Junior Hao-Jan (Danny) Shue and Sophomore Heather Bowman both receiving the Past Chairpersons Education Assistance Scholarship

    In the annual poster competition, the undergraduate winners were Sophomore, Ann Rutt in 1st place, Junior, Yeshar Hadi winning 2nd place and Senior Olivia Dippo taking 3rd place

    MSE doctoral students fared just as well with Sudipto Mandal taking the 1st place prize, Tugce Ozturk taking 2nd place and David Sapiro winning the 3rd place prize

    Congratulations to all of the students who participated and represented the MSE Department!
  • Alum Received TMS Award

    MSE alum Li Li (M.S. 2010, Ph.D. 2012) has been chosen as the recipient of the 2015 TMS EPD Young Leaders Professional Development Award. This award was created to "enhance the professional development of young, dynamic and committed members through leadership opportunities and networking." Dr. Li has been very active in energy research and TMS activities organization. He is a frequent organizer and session chair of the international conferences, including the symposiums in TMS (2013, 2014) and the MRS (2013) Annual Meeting. He is also a committee member of the Energy Committee and the Young Professional Committee of TMS. Dr. Li also served on the board of the 2015 Energy Best Paper Selection Committee.

January 2015

  • MSE student selected for Churchill Scholarship

    Congratulations to Catherine (Kate) Groschner who was recently announced as a recipient of a Churchill Scholarship. Carnegie Mellon University senior Catherine "Kate" Groschner, a materials science and engineering major, has been selected as one of 14 students nationwide to receive a Churchill Scholarship, which funds a year of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. Groschner is the 11th CMU student to receive the Churchill Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards for studying abroad in the United Kingdom.

    Full press release can be found here.
  • Bettinger awarded Dean's Early Career Fellowship

    Congratulations to Christopher Bettinger, who was announced as one of the Dean's Early Career Fellowships. Dean’s Early Career Fellowships are awarded to untenured faculty members who have been nominated by their department heads and have been selected to receive the fellowship after review and discussion of the nomination package by the CIT Review Committee. Congratulations!
  • Feinberg selected for NSF CAREER award

    Congratulations to Adam Feinberg, who was selected for an NSF CAREER award. This is a five year, $500,000 project that will support his research. The title of the project is "3D Printing of Heart Muscle Using Soft Hydrogels" and it was awarded by the CMMI division.

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