A Message from the Department Chair
I am delighted to share with you some of the newsworthy accomplishments of our MSE family members at all stages of their careers from undergraduate student Ashley McKenna, to graduate student Boyce Chang, alums Seth Berbano and Pylin Sarobol, and faculty Alex King, Rohit Trivedi and Dan Shechtman. They all remind me how much we have to be proud of in MSE. Additionally, you’ll read about novel research that demonstrates the breadth of our impact in solving some of our world’s most critical technological challenges.
-Dr. Kristen Constant

Faculty and Research News

Transparent soil research continues in the L. Cademartiri lab

Cademartiri leads a multidisciplinary team of engineers, plant scientists, and microbiologists who focus on a variety of research programs spanning nanotechnology and manufacturing. One of these programs includes applying materials engineering thinking to problems in biology such as the phenotyping of roots and rhizospheres. Read more here

Solid-State Processing: New paths to new materials

Creating materials in their solid state can be tricky, but offers some advantages over other methods. It typically involves subjecting the component elements to some type of mechanical force—such as stress, shear or strain—to drive a reaction.
“You eliminate the need for solvents, so it removes potentially harmful substances from the waste stream,” said Ames Laboratory scientist and Iowa State University Distinguished Professor Vitalij Pecharsky, “and it offers greater selectivity so you can steer it toward a specific reaction. Most processing is done at room temperature so energy inputs are reduced and the resulting end products may be meta-stable as well.”
It also offers a pathway to materials that aren’t typically possible by other methods. One example is the work Pecharsky has done using ball milling. Using this mechano-chemistry technique, you can create a homogeneous mixture—a consistent blend throughout the entire sample—even though you start with a mixture of components that can be 99.9 percent of one component and only 0.1 percent of the second component. Read more here

Rohit Trivedi wins 2017 AIME Honorary Membership Award

The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) honors Trivedi “for his manifold and lasting contributions to the understanding and control of microstructures in solidification and phase transformations, key elements in materials processing.”
Trivedi will be recognized and receive the award at the TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition on February 26-March 2, 2017 in San Diego, California.
Trivedi is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State. Read more here.

Congratulations Alex King

Congratulations to Alex King, Director of the Critical Materials Institute at Ames Laboratory, and Professor in Materials Science and Engineering for being selected by TMS and ASM International to present the Distinguished Lectureship in Materials and Society in 2017.The lecture is run in conjunction with the Materials Science & Technology 2017 (MS&T ’17) which will be held from October 8-11th in Pittsburgh, PA.

Technological Entrepreneurship  

Nobel Laureate and distinguished professor in MSE, Dan Shechtman, presented a talk about technological entrepreneurship on February 6th in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Get a brief recap of his talk here.  

Student News

College of Engineering Spring Career Fair

The 2017 Spring Engineering Career Fair was very successful! There were 3600+ students and 1200+ recruiters (from 321 companies) who attended the event. We are confident that many good connections were made!

Boyce Chang receives Excellence in Mentoring award

Boyce Chang, a second-year doctorate student in the materials science and engineering department, received the award for Excellence in Mentoring with the LSAMP-IINSPIRE program. He received the award at the IINSPIRE LSAMP Annual Conference on February 4, 2017. His mentor, Dr. Martin Thuo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, nominated Chang. Read more here.

Ashley Mckenna receives globally competitive scholarship

Ashley Mckenna, a junior in materials engineering from Vinton, Iowa, has recently received the $5000 MTI Bert Kisher Memorial Scholarship to assist in her undergraduate educational experience at Iowa State University. She was one of two recipients among applicants from North America, Europe, and Asia. Read more here.

Alumni News

Seth Berbano ('11 Materials Engineering), recently visited the department and gave a seminar presentation for our MSE 601 seminar class. It's always great to have alumni back on campus with us. Thanks, Seth! 

To see what he talked about in his seminar presentation, read more here.
Pylin Sarobol ('08 BS Materials Engineering) is currently employed at Sandia National Laboratories. Her work with ceramic coatings was recently featured. Read more here
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