A Message from the Department Chair
January brings the beginning of a new year and a new semester. This month’s newsletter is dedicated to new ideas. Innovation and creativity are carefully cultivated and highly valued in MSE at ISU. You’ll read about innovations resulting in startup companies, patents, a position as an Innovation Fellow, a Nobel Laureate talk, and a first-ever entry in a bladesmithing contest. We hope you’ll enjoy reading about our innovative and creative students, faculty and alums. Happy New Year, and don’t forget to tell us what's new in your world. - Dr. Kristen Constant


Faculty and Research News

For Martin Thuo, Ian Tevis, and their research group, there is a great deal of success to celebrate as they look back on the year of 2016. Thuo, Associate Professor, and Tevis, SAFI-Tech Chief Scientist and Affiliate Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, have led their groundbreaking work in discovering and advancing heat-free soldering. SAFI-Tech, a startup company, was initiated due to their research success and a published patent. Their work was featured as a top chemistry discovery in Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) Magazine, and in November, SAFI-Tech received an award in ‘Best Materials Development’ at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Conference in Santa Clara, California. Read more>>
SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 6 Technological Entrepreneurship: A Key to World Peace and Prosperity – Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman
Dan Shechtman
, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Research Scientist at Ames Laboratory, won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The honor was awarded for his discovery of quasicrystals, crystalline materials with a periodic atomic structure deemed impossible in modern crystallography. He will be speaking at the Great Hall in the Memorial Union on Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Student News

Student Highlight: As the start of spring semester begins, Kaci Storm is both celebrating and basking in her success of being a student at Iowa State University. Storm, a senior in Materials Engineering from Geneseo, Illinois, has learned to embrace her adventure at Iowa State by finding success in academics and in athletics. Her ability to balance and excel at a multitude of opportunities during her career as an undergraduate is admirable. Read more>>

Five MSE Students Enter Bladesmithing Competition

Five materials science and engineering students recently completed their entry for the TMS Bladesmithing Competition that will take place February 26-March 2, 2017 in San Diego, California. Their entry included producing a sword blade 20-120 centimeters long made by hand/trip hammering or forge pressing. They also submitted a ten-page report, five-minute video and a poster.
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UPCOMING: The College of Engineering career fair will be February 7 from 12:00-6:00 PM in Hilton Coliseum and  Scheman. Alumni and students looking for employment are welcome to attend. If you would like to attend as an employer, please read more here

Alumni News

Hannah Bearinger (Bygd) has been an active and successful young professional who received her undergraduate and PhD degree from our department. Hannah recently shared some thoughts about her experience in the MSE Department. Read about Hannah here.>> 
Emily Kinser ('05 MS Materials Science and Engineering, '04 BS Materials Engineering) was recently featured in a short video from IBM. She talks about her first patent experience and currently has 39 patents filed in the United States. Watch the video here.
The start of the new year brought about a new Facebook page for the department of Materials Science and Engineering. This Facebook page is a public and general page that will be a direct resource for all students, faculty, alumni and anyone with a relationship to the department. To stay consistently up-to-date with our department, give our page a "like." 
Alumni: Do you have successes you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you. Click the button on the right and send us your news. 
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