A Message from the Department Chair
We’re welcoming spring with a flurry of activity - I hope you are enjoying learning more about what is keeping students, staff and faculty so busy. Professor Mufit Akinc returns to Ankara, Turkey - returning to his roots where he began as an undergraduate, now as a prestigious Fulbright Senior lecturer.  Have a look at some renderings of the new Student Innovation Center - it’ll be messy for a while, but it’s going to be a great space. CALLING ALL ALUMS from 2012-2014 - we have a brief survey for you to aid us in for our self-assessment for ABET accreditation - we’d appreciate a few minutes of your time to help us out.  As always, we’d love to hear from all of you. Happy Spring!
- Dr. Kristen Constant

Faculty and Research News

Akinc selected as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Mufit Akinc has received the Fulbright Grant to Turkey for the 2017-2018 academic year. He will become Senior Lecturer at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, for the spring semester of 2018. Read more.

Frozen in a Flash: Rapid solidification keeps materials on cooling fast track

Cooling materials super-quickly, called rapid solidification, prevents the normal crystalline structures of materials from forming, often creating unique properties in the process. “If you take a molten metal and cool it, what wants to form will vary depending on its chemistry,” said Ames Laboratory scientist and Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering Director Matt Kramer, “because what wants to form is not always a homogeneous solid.” Read more here

Faculty Research Highlight Featuring Michael Bartlett

Dr. Michael Bartlett, the newest assistant professor in MSE recently had his research from his postdoc position at Carnegie Mellon University published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 

Bartlett currently specializes in Soft Materials and Structures.  He is working to create soft materials with unconventional properties, including “smart” adhesives, deformable electronics and robotics and adaptive materials. Read more here

Student News

Peer Mentor Appreciation Day

On March 29, ISU celebrated Peer Mentor Appreciation Day. Our department has four peer mentors that have been influential for freshman and transfer materials engineering students. Pictured left to right: Matthew Swift, Mason Schroeder, Alex Benson, and Daniel Acton.

Matthew Goode selected to receive the Dean's Student Leadership Award 

Matthew Goode, a senior in Materials Engineering, was selected in recognition of the outstanding leadership he has demonstrated as an undergraduate engineering student. He will receive a monetary award and a plaque at the recognition banquet on April 19, 2017.

There's a new student club in MSE: Metallurgica

A large interest in metals in the MSE department has sparked the creation of a new student organization called 'Metallurgica.' The student organization started this spring semester and kicked off with a group of five students competing in their first bladesmithing competition in San Diego. The group consists of 30 students and is led by MatE senior, Aishwarya Srinidhi. They plan to participate in metallography contests, participate in industry tours, and create a community of like-minded metal lovers. The group is advised by Dr. Pete Collins. Please reach out if you would like to share any industry knowledge in the metals area from which the group could benefit.  

Student Innovation Center to begin construction next to Hoover Hall

In 2020, the landscape on the west side of campus will include the Student Innovation Center. Situated on Bissell Road, south of Sweeney Hall, the eye-catching glass building will be a central hub for multidisciplinary student collaboration. Demolition of Nuclear Engineering and Old Sweeney has begun. Read more about the construction process and spring demolition here. Learn more about the Student Innovation Center here.

Materials Engineering Trivia and Walking Taco Night

On Thursday, March 23, The MSE department welcomed all students, faculty and staff to a trivia and walking taco night. This was a small event that served about 150 walking tacos in the Hoover atrium. This event was planned by Materials Advantage and Academic Adviser, Andrea Klocke, as a way to continue to build community in our department. 

Alumni News

Attention Materials Engineering Alumni from 2012-2014: You have been sent a self-evaluation survey. Please complete this survey by April 14, 2017. To take the survey, if you haven't completed it yet, click on the button. 
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