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Advisory Boards

Visiting Advisory Board

The Mission of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Visiting Advisory Board (VAB) is to provide guidance to the Department Head and faculty on strategic issues affecting the long-term success of the department and to play an active role in addressing those issues.

The board is comprised of academic and industry professionals from across the country who lend their expertise to the department.  The board meets annually on campus to discuss the current state of the department and future plans.

Current VAB Members

  • Timothy Armstrong, PhD — Vice President, Research & Development @ Carpenter Technology Corporation
  • Mike Boyer— Science Teacher @ North Penn High School
  • Leonard Buckley, PhD — Director, Science & Technology Division @ Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Steven Buerkel — President @ Applied Energy Systems, Inc.
  • Helen Chan, PhD — Department Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering @ Lehigh University
  • William Frazier, PhD — Chief Scientist @ Naval Air Systems Command
  • Natraj Iyer, PhD — Director, Materials Science and Technology @ Savannah River National Lab
  • Nikola Juhasz, PhD — Director, Analytical and Systems Research @ Arkema Inc.
  • Mike Marucci — Director, R&D @ Hoeganaes Corporation
  • Christopher Schuh, PhD — Department Head and Danae and Vasilios Salapatas Associate Professor of Metallurgy @ MIT
  • Gary Tompa, PhD — President @ Structured Materials Industries, Inc.
  • Richard Walsh Sr. — Manager @ MP&S Engineering Boeing Rotorcraft - Philadelphia
  • William Weber, PhD — Professor and Governor's Chair @ The University of Tennessee

Young Alumni Board

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Young Alumni Board (YAB), formed in 2011, unifies a select group of alumni (BS, MS, PhD) who have graduated within the last 10 years to provide insight and feedback to issues currently affecting the department.  The board meets on campus annually.

Current YAB Members

  • Jonathan Ayutsede, PhD — Senior Researcher @ ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
  • Ranjan Dash, PhD — Principal @ Dash and Associates, LLC
  • Svetlana Dimovski, PhD — Manager, Innovation & Science Relations @ BASF
  • Benjamin Gillespie
  • Thomas Henriksen — Owner and President @ Ceramco, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Hoffman, PhD — Senior Engineer @ Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Christopher Hovanec, PhD — Materials Engineer @ Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division-NAVAIR
  • Lemoda Laim — Product Engineer @ Micron
  • Davide Mattia, PhD — Lecturer in Chemical Engineering @ University of Bath
  • Adam Procopio, PhD — Research Fellow @ Merck
  • María Pía Rossi, PhD — Senior Applications Engineer @ FEI Company
  • Aaron Sakulich, PhD — Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering @ WPI
  • Jessica Schiffman, PhD — Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering @ University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Kishore Tenneti, PhD — Product Development Team Lead @ UTC Power
  • Jonathan Thomas, PhD — Senior Research Scientist @ Covidien