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2004

  • December

    Highlighted Articles

    • Nanotechnology Business is Big at Drexel

      December 16 2004

      Nanotechnology is the fastest growing field of technology, promising to become a major driving force in the world economy within a decade. Research in this area currently receives tremendous support from the federal government (more than $800M this year) and industry (about $1B in the U.S.).

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    • Gogotsi Quoted on Nanotechnology in Coatings Magazine

      December 15 2004

      Yury Gogotsi, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, was quoted in Coatings Magazine in an article about the use of nanotechnology in enhancing paint and coatings. Coatings Magazine serves Canada's coatings manufacturing and industrial finishing industries..

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    • Barsoum Mentioned in Physics News Update

      December 05 2004

      The University was noted in an article published on December 2, 2004 in Physics News Update about the research conducted by a Drexel team led by Dr. Michel Barsoum, distinguished professor in the department of materials science and engineering, on how an oxygen-barrier coating on some surfaces may prevent soft-metal whiskers that can cause electronic short circuits in heart pacemakers and satellites. The story can be found at: http://www.aip.org/pnu/2004/split/711-2.html

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  • November

    Highlighted Articles

    • Drexel Receives DOT Grant for Anthrax Detection

      November 29 2004

      Wei-Heng Shih and Dr. Wan Shih of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, are part of a recent Department of Transportation anthrax detection grant that has been awarded to Drexel University. The Department of Transportation has awarded Drexel University, through CiMeRC, (the National Bioterrorism Civilian Medical Response Center, designated by Congress in 2000, Director: Dr. Ken Blank) a grant for anthrax detection and remediation for the public transit system of the Philadelphia region. The award is $750,000 for the first six months, September 2004 through March 2005. Dr. Banu Onaral, Director of School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, is the principal investigator. Dr. Wan Shih, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Kambiz Pourrezaei, and Dr. Ryszard Lec of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems are the co-investigators. Dr. Wei-Heng Shih, Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Rick Rest in the Department of Microbiology of the Drexel College of Medicine, Dr. Raj Mutharasan of Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Irwin Chaiken in the Department of Biochemistry of Drexel University College of Medicine, are the collaborators. The remediation part of the project is subcontracted to Dr. Alex Fridman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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    • MSE Welcomes Holly Burnside as Nanotech Program Coordinator

      November 12 2004

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is pleased to welcome Holly Burnside as the new Nanotechnology Program Coordinator. Holly received her B.S. in physics with a minor in mathematics from Union College in Schenectady, NY and is currently working on her M.S. in Communications here at Drexel. Holly will be primarily responsible for College of Engineering and DNI programs, such as IGERT, the REU Site DREAM, and RET-NANO.

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    • Joshua Houskamp Selected as a 2004-2005 Koerner Family Fellow

      November 05 2004

      Congratulations to Joshua Houskamp, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) who has been chosen as a Koerner Famly Fellow for the academic year 2004-2005. The fellowships specify that award recipients must be studying toward a Ph.D. with a high likelihood of seeking an academic career upon graduation. The Koerner family established the fellowships in honor of their many years of association with the University. Dr. Robert M. Koerner '56 '63, H. L. Bowman Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, his wife Paula, and their children-George, Michael, and Pauline-have accumulated four bachelor degrees, two master's degrees, and a Ph.D. degree from Drexel, where collectively they have been employed and educated for ninety years.

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    • Schauer Receives Mention in NRC Newsletter for Work on Thin Biopolymer Films

      November 05 2004

      A career update on Dr. Caroline Schauer appears in the Autumn 2004 issue of the National Research Council Research Associateship Programs Newsletter. Dr. Schauer is a former National Research Council Associate with Dr. Fran Ligler at the Naval Research Laboratory, Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering in Washington, D.C., where she was working on thin biopolymer films.

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  • October

    Highlighted Articles

    • Three MSE Faculty Members Join 2004 Drexel 10^6 Club

      October 28 2004

      On Tuesday, October 26th, Drs. Michel Barsoum, Yury Gogotsi, and Surya Kalidindi were honored for achieving membership in this year’s 106 Club. 106 Club membership is awarded to faculty members whose research dollars have reached or exceeded $1M in the previous fiscal year. Both Barsoum and Gogotsi have been inducted previously.

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    • Gogotsi Talks About Nanotechnology on The Drexel Interview

      October 22 2004

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Director of the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been interviewed about nanotechnology for Drexel University's cable television station's new show, The Drexel Interview. The program is a series of half-hour interviews with noteworthy figures in art, literature, film, science, business, medicine, and technology. Filmed in Drexel's Westphal Picture Gallery, the program highlights public figures who live and work in Greater Philadelphia or who are visiting the region. Other interviewees include Georges Perrier, chef-restauranteur and owner of Le Bec-Fin, award-winning novelist Ha Jin, and editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia Inquirer Amanda Bennett. Gogotsi is scheduled to appear on Tuesday, December 28th at 8 PM.

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    • Gogotsi and NMG Featured on NanoTechWeb.org

      October 21 2004

      The work of Dr. Yury Gogotsi and his group is featured today on nanotechweb.org. The article discusses the work that Gogotsi's group has done with a group from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Tokyo Institute of Technology on water-filled nanotubes. In the article entitled, "Researchers watch water inside nanotubes," Gogotsi discusses the impact of this research, which has been published in Nano Letters. A photograph of Gogotsi and postdoctoral researcher Haihui Ye accompanies the article.

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    • Ph.D. Student Emily Ho Receives COE Fellowship

      October 16 2004

      Congratulations to Ph.D. student Emily Ho (advisor: Michele Marcolongo), who is one of three recipients of this year's College of Engineering George Hill, Jr. Endowed Fellowships. Established in 1991, the George Hill, Jr. Endowed Fellowship is awarded to qualified Ph.D. candidates in the College Of Engineering. Recipients have demonstrated excellence in their undergraduate and graduate careers and the potential to achieve academic excellence at the Ph.D. level. It is also hoped that recipients will continue on to a career in academia.

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    • Ph.D. Students Maria Pia Rossi and Emily Ho Receive Travel Awards

      October 13 2004

      Congratulations to Maria Pia Rossi (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) and Emily Ho (advisor: Michele Marcolongo) for receiving travel awards to attend and participate in the 7th New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science entitled, "Challenges and Opportunities for the Biomaterials Scientist." The symposium will take place October 21-22 in New Brunswick, NJ. Pia is also the recipient of an NSF Graduate Fellowship for 2004.

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    • DNI Receives Mention in Philadelphia Business Journal for NSF Grant

      October 09 2004

      The A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute (DNI) and its director, Dr. Yury Gogotsi, were mentioned in the October 1-7, 2004 issue of the Philadelphia Business Journal in an article about an NSF grant awarded to the University of Pennsylvania for nanotechnology. The article highlights the collaborations that have been formed between Penn and Drexel along the lines of nanotechnology. Specific mentions of Drexel include the brand new Bossone Research Enterprise Center; the Penn-Drexel IGERT program, which awards Ph.D. fellowships to Drexel and Penn students doing research in nano; and the collaboration among faculty at Penn and Drexel and the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA to create a state-affiliated Nanotechnology Institute. Dr. Gogotsi is recognized in the article as the nanotechnology point person at Drexel.

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    • Ph.D. Student Kishore Tenneti Receives Best Poster Award from NATAS

      October 07 2004

      Ph.D. student Kishore Tenneti (advisor: Christopher Li) is the recipient of the Best Poster Award at the 32nd Annual Conference of the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) held in Williamsburg, VA from Oct 4-6, 2004. His presentation was entitled, "Thermal and structural analysis of a series of IPP-PE copolymers" by Kishore Tenneti, Lingyu Li, and Christopher Li from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University and Dr. Chung Tso from Chevron Phillips, Co.

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  • September

    Highlighted Articles

    • Gogotsi Featured in Energies on Nanotech Opinions and Predictions

      September 24 2004

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi is featured in an article on his opinions and predictions about nanotechnology in the September 2004 issue of Energies, a magazine published by Total, a leading multinational energy company, which operates in more than 130 countries. The article can be found at: http://www.totalfinaelf.com/energies/N5/en/dossier/dossier02.htm.

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    • Keverian Receives Two Awards for Contributions to Rapid Prototyping

      September 15 2004

      Dr. Jack Keverian, Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of two awards from the Special Processing Institution of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES) and the Beijing Mechanical Engineering Society. The awards were presented to Dr. Keverian on May 21, 2004 at Tsinghua University for his contributions to China in the field of Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing technology. Dr. Keverian became emeritus professor in 1995.

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    • RET Outstanding Mentors and Poster Winners Hail from MSE Department

      September 04 2004

      This year's Research Experience for Teachers poster winners are both teachers working under the mentorship of Department of Materials Science and Engineering faculty and RET Outstanding Mentor Winner graduate students.

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    • Co-Pis Ko and Spanier, et. al. Receive NSF Award for New Instrumentation

      September 01 2004

      The NSF Major Reserach Instrumentation proposal, "Zyvex Nanomanipulator," submitted by Brad Layton (PI-MEM), Adam Fontecchio (Co-I-ECE), Frank Ko, professor of materials science and engineering (Co-I), Bahram Nabet (Co-I), Jonathan Spanier, assistant professor of materials science and engineering (Co-I), in collaboration with David Luzzi and Alan MacDiarmid of UPenn, has been awarded. The amount of funding for this award is $100K. This device, which can be used in conjunction with advanced microscopy studies, will be a welcome addition to the suite of nanoscale fabrication and characterization equipment in the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute to be housed in the Bossone Research Enterprise Building.

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  • August

    Highlighted Articles

    • Tom Juliano Receives Prestigious NRC Postdoc Fellowship

      August 29 2004

      Tom Juliano, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) has received a prestigious and very competitive National Research Council post-doctoral fellowship. Tom started his post-doctoral research at the Army Research Lab (ARL) in Aberdeen after defending his thesis in September 2004.

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    • Three MSE Students Awarded H. H. Harris Foundation Scholarships

      August 24 2004

      Christopher Hovanec and Harold Sant, both graduate students advised by Dr. Surya Kalidindi and co-advised by Dr. Roger Doherty, along with undergraduate student Eva Wagner, are the recipients of H. H. Haris Foundation Scholarships. The Foundation was established "for the purpose of providing scholarships and other forms of educational aid to students and professionals in the metallurgical and casting of metals field who are U.S. citizens." Each award is in the amount of $2,000.

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    • Hoffman/Barsoum's Work Featured on Back Cover of Journal of the American Ceramic Society

      August 21 2004

      Another image of the work of Dr. Michel Barsoum, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and one of his students is featured on the back cover of the August 2004 issue of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. The image, taken by Ph.D. student Elizabeth Hoffman, helps to explain how and why metal In whiskers grow with time - like human hair from the bottom up - out of the grain boundaries of Zr2InC. This micrograph was submitted to the 2004 Annual Meeting Ceramographic Exhibit. Congratulations to Dr. Barsoum on this fourth image to appear on the Journal of the American Ceramic Society in 2004!

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    • Shih's Work Mentioned in American Ceramic Society Bulletin

      August 17 2004

      The work of Dr. Wei-Heng Shih's group has been mentioned in the August 2004 issue of the American Ceramic Society Bulletin. The "Technology Briefs" section discusses Dr. Shih's new process of lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) ceramics. PMN-PT is an important multifunctional material for sensors, actuators, and smart systems. The process involves an innovative coating approach to synthesize and sinter the complex oxide at a lower temperature in one single step. A provisional patent application has been filed for this process. The write-up can be found at: http://www.ceramicbulletin.org/months/08-04/techbriefs.pdf.

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    • Mixing Art with Science & Engineering - An Interview with Director of Microscopy Dee Breger

      August 16 2004

      What did you do prior to coming to Drexel and how did you get involved in microscopy?

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    • Mark Fiorentino Awarded SAE Scholarship

      August 13 2004

      Mark Fiorentino, junior in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of an SAE Long Term Member Sponsored Scholarship. The scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, is for college juniors who are student members of SAE who actively support SAE and its activities. Mark has been actively involved in the Formula SAE racecar project here at Drexel for the past 3 years. SAE International describes itself as "the premier society dedicated to advancing mobility engineering worldwide."

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    • Two Newest Materials Faculty Receive Tobacco Grants

      August 12 2004

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering's is pleased to announce that its newest faculty members have each received Tobacco Start-Up Supplement for Young Investigators Awards from Drexel University's formula funding via Tobacco settlement funds from the Department of Health of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Drexel's allocation for this year was $1.23 million.

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    • Ko Receives ASC Award for 2004

      August 11 2004

      Dr. Frank Ko, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of the American Society of Composites ASC Award in Composites for 2004. According to society guidelines, "an ASC Award in Composites winner is a distinguished member of the composites community who has made a significant impact on the development of composite materials through applied research, practice, education, service, advocacy, or leadership." The plaque and $1,000 monetary recognition will be presented at the banquet of the ASC/ASTM-D30 Joint 19th Annual Technical Conference hosted by Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, October 19th.

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    • Gogotsi Elected to the World Academy of Ceramics

      August 09 2004

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, has been elected to the World Academy of Ceramics (http://www.waceramics.org). This is an international professional organization based in Italy that unites internationally renown scientists, engineers, and artists working in the ceramic field. Gogotsi was elected as a Professional Member (Academician) in the class of "Science;" 22 new members were elected this year worldwide. The Academy also awards the highly coveted International Ceramic Prize every 4 years. Among the Academy members are Bob Newnham of Penn State, the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering this year (and the International Ceramic Prize in 1992), the founder of Kyocera Corporation Kazui Inomori; Founder and President of the Third World Academy of Sciences and member of 20 national academies C.N.R. Rao, as well as other major players in the field. Gogotsi was nominated by the Chairman of the Council Dr. Pietro Vincenzini and received letters of support from Prof. Jean-Francois Boumard from the University of Limoges, France and former President of the European Ceramic Society and Prof. Georg Grathwohl from the University of Bremen, Germany.

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    • Nanomaterials Group Members Win Best Poster Paper Award

      August 08 2004

      Slava Domnich, Research Assistant Professor, and Ph.D. students Daibin Ge and Tom Juliano, all part of Dr. Yury Gogotsi's Nanomaterials Group, have won the Best Poster Paper Award at the 11th International Conference on High Pressure Semiconductor Physics. The co-authored poster is entitled, "Amorphization of Boron Carbide Under Contact Loading." The conference was held at the University of California, Berkeley from August 2-5, 2004.

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    • Ko Quoted in Baltimore Sun

      August 04 2004

      Dr. Frank Ko, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was quoted in an article published in the August 2, 2004 edition of the Baltimore Sun about the molecular secrets of a spider's web and silk and the conditions under which the web is developed.

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    • Lalit Bansal Receives SPIE/Newport Research Excellence Award

      August 02 2004

      Lalit Bansal, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is one of the first recipents of the SPIE/Newport Research Excellence Award presented by SPIE: The Internation Society for Optical Engineering and sponsored by the Newport Corporation, a leading global supplier of advanced technology products and systems to the semiconductor, communications, electronics, and research markets. The Newport Research Excellence Awards are presented to students presenting papers at the 49th SPIE Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. Lalit will be presenting two papers: "Polypyrrole as a chemochromic transducer for optical fiber chemical sensors by L.Bansal and M. El-Sherif" and "Study on adhesion of thin film coatings of polypyrrole on glass substrate for mechanical durability of sensor devices by L. Bansal & M. El-Sherif." The award will be presented at a special dinner celebration on Monday, August 2nd, in Denver, CO.

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    • MAGNET Elects New Board for 2004-2005

      August 01 2004

      MAGNET, the Materials Engineering Graduate Network has elected a new executive board for the 2004-2005 academic year.

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    • Photo Produced Under the Tutelage of Dee Breger Appears in Tech Review

      August 01 2004

      An excerpt of a micrograph produced under the tutelage of Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, appears in the September 2004 issue of the Technology Review. The image was produced by biomedical engineering students Zachary Forbes and Benjamin Yellen and shows nanoparticles carrying drugs to the mesh fibers of a stent. The article appears as part of the "Prototype" section of the magazine. It can be found at: http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/04/09/mag_toc.asp.

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  • July

    Highlighted Articles

    • Dee Breger's Work Featured in The Scientist

      July 22 2004

      The work of Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy, is featured in the July 5th issue of The Scientist. A micrograph image of a series of chain-forming diatoms appeared in an article entitled, "Iron Seeding Just Doesn't Pay" about phytoplankton and global warming. The Scientist describes itself as "an international news magazine that reports on and analyzes the issues and events that impact the world of life scientists." The magazine can be found on the web at: http://www.the-scientist.com/homepage.htm. The Scientist's main office is located just a few blocks away at 36th and Market Streets.

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    • Shihs Receive New NSF Grant

      July 19 2004

      Dr. Wei-Heng Shih, professor in the department of materials science and engineering and Dr. Wan Shih, research associate professor, are the PI and co-PI respectively of a new, one year $200,000 NSF grant entitled, "Portable, Reusable Array Piezoelectric Microcantilever Sensors for Chemical Terrorism Agent Detection." This is an NSF Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGERs) project on Approaches to Combat Terrorism (ACT), funded by NSF and the Central Intelligence Agency.

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    • Barsoum, Murugaiah, Kalidindi, and Zhen's Work Featured Online

      July 16 2004

      "Kinking Nonlinear Elastic Solids, Nanoindentations, and Geology," co-authored by Dr. Michel Barsoum, Ph.D. student Anand Murugaiah (advisor: Barsoum), Dr. Surya Kalidindi, and Ph.D. student Tiejun Zhen (advisor: Barsoum) and published in Physical Review Letters 92, 255508 (2004), was selected for the July 14, 2004 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology. The Virtual Journal, which is published by the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society in cooperation with numerous other societies and publishers, is an edited compilation of links to articles from participating publishers, covering a focused area of frontier research. The Virtual Journal can be accessed at http://www.vjnano.org.

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    • Kalidindi Awarded New ARO Grant

      July 14 2004

      A proposal submitted by Surya Kalidindi titled, "Microstructure Sensitive Design" has been awarded $150,781 by the Army Research Office. This award is part of a bigger proposal submitted jointly with Brigham Young University. This project aims to continue the development of the new mathematical framework developed by Kalidindi and his collaborators for the design of novel materials and microstructures.

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    • DREAM Featured in Triangle Article on Summer Programs

      July 12 2004

      The REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Site, DREAM: Drexel Research Experience in Advanced Materials, is featured in the Friday, July 9th, 2004 front page article on Drexel summer programs in The Triangle. The article discusses the DREAM program as one of a multitude of enriching summer programs being offered in the College of Engineering and at the University as a whole this summer. DREAM is one of the few programs at Drexel that is geared specifically towards undergraduates. There are several photos of some of the DREAM Fellows, including Melissa Schillo, Naomi Barth, and Dan Berrigan, working in the labs. The article can be found at: http://www.thetriangle.org/main.cfm/include/detail/storyid/692360.html. More information on DREAM can be found at: /programs/dream/.

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    • Dee Breger Wins First Prize in Microscopy Competition

      July 10 2004

      Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been awarded first prize for her micrograph entitled, "Penguin Feather," in the "Electron Microscopy - Life Sciences" category of a micrograph competition exhibited at the recent MicroScience 2004 conference held in London on July 6-8, sponsored by the Royal Microscopical Society. As the first prize winner, she will receive a Leica D-LUX Digital camera donated by Leica. The winning entries will be reproduced in the leading magazine, G.I.T. Imaging and Microscopy, and the magazine will also publish a selection of images in all its pre-show issues next year.

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    • MSE Alumnus Named Fellow of ASM International

      July 08 2004

      Dr. Gerard M. Ludtka, alumnus of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (BS, 1972 and MS, 1973) has recently been named a Fellow of ASM International. Dr. Ludtka is currently employed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. He was elected to be a Fellow "for pioneering accomplishments in computational modeling of microstructure evolution, and for quantitative characterization of phase transformations and properties." We are very proud of our alumni and congratulate Dr. Ludtka on this fine accomplishment.

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    • Marcolongo and Zavaliangos Receive Promotions

      July 04 2004

      Professors Michele Marcolongo and Antonios Zavaliangos have both been promoted.

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  • June

    Highlighted Articles

    • Spanier Receives ARO Young Investigator Award

      June 30 2004

      Dr. Jonathan Spanier, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received the Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award for the proposal entitled, "Smart Core-Shell Nanowire Architectures for Multifunctional Nanoscale Devices." The amount of the award is $149,930 for three years. The work involves investigations of finite-size scaling of selected properties, as well as the formation of high functional density nanostructures that integrate non-volatile memory, logic and nanoelectromechanical sensing components.

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    • Department Welcomes Visiting Faculty Member Brent L. Adams

      June 28 2004

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is pleased to welcome Dr. Brent L. Adams as a Visiting Faculty Member for the academic year 2004-2005. Dr. Adams is on sabbatical leave from Brigham Young University, where he is currently Warren and Wilson Dusenberry Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is extremely well known to the mechanics and materials science community and is co-inventor, with his students, of the automated electron backscatter diffraction method, now commonly called orientation imaging microscopy (OIM), which is now used routinely in more than 400 laboratories around the world in the study of polycrystalline materials.

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    • Co-Pi Gogotsi, et. al. Receive NSF Award for New Instrumentation

      June 27 2004

      Drs. Gary Friedman, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Adam Fontecchio, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering, Kenneth Barbee, associate professor of BIOMED, Alexander Fridman, John A. Nyheim Endowed University Chair Professor and director of the Drexel Plasma Processing Institute, Alexander Gutsol, research professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, and colleagues from Penn received a $450,000 NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant for "Acquisition of ICP System Within Two Universities/One Campus Framework."

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    • Zavaliangos Receives NSF Grant

      June 25 2004

      Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos, Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received funding for a grant entitled, "Manufacturing of Nanocrystalline Bulk Materials by Field Activated Sintering" from NSF-DMII. The grant is funded at $360,000 and will be co-funded by DMII and DMR. This is a collaborative proposal with Prof. Joanna Groza of the University of California, Davis. Drexel is the leading institution and its share of the budget is $187,244.

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    • Ko Receives Patent

      June 24 2004

      Dr. Frank Ko, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, along with Dr. Andrew Fertala, associate professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology, Jefferson Medical School, Thomas Jefferson University, was granted a patent entitled, "Collagen or collagen-like peptide containing polymeric matrices." US patent number 6,753,311 was granted on June 22, 2004 and is the result of a seed grant that Drs. Ko and Fertala received for the University when Dr. Fertala was with MCPHU.

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    • Nanomaterials Images from Gogotsi's Group Featured on the Web

      June 22 2004

      Work done by Ph.D. student Pia Rossi (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) and postdoc Haihui Ye has been featured on the website "Nanopicture of the Day" (www.nanopicoftheday.org). The image was first published as part of the article, "Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy Study of Water in Carbon Nanopipes by M. Pia Rossi, Haihui Ye, Yury Gogotsi, Sundar Babu, Patrick Ndungu, and Jean-Claude Bradley in Nano Letters, 2004. The image was featured as the picture of the day on April 28, 2004 and can be found at: http://www.nanopicoftheday.org/2004Pics/April2004/WaterCNT.htm. Nanopicture of the Day is maintained by the Reed Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Yale University.

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    • Eva Wagner Wins 2nd Place in Metallography Competition

      June 14 2004

      Eva Wagner, soon-to-be senior majoring in Materials Science and Engineering, was awarded second place in the 2004 Powder Metallurgy Metallography Competition, held in Chicago, IL from June 14th to 17th, 2004.

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    • Pat McGeehan Receives MSE Distinguished Alumnus Award 2004

      June 14 2004

      Patrick J. McGeehan, Drexel alumnus and current Senior Vice President at Hoeganaes Corporation, was honored as this year's recipient of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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    • Hoa Lam to Present Paper at ACS Annual Meeting

      June 06 2004

      Hoa Lam, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (advisor: Frank Ko) has recently been accepted to present her paper (poster presentation) at the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium, sponsored by the ACS (American Chemical Society) Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) and co-sponsored as a Presidential Event and by the Younger Chemists Committee. The Symposium will take place in Philadelphia on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at the ACS national meeting.

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    • John Chmiola Wins College of Engineering Senior Design Competition

      June 05 2004

      John Chmiola, working with advisor Yury Gogotsi, is the winner of this year's College of Engineering Senior Design competition. John received $2,000 for his award-winning senior design project entitled, "MAT-1 Super-capacitance Measurements of Porous Carbon Obtained Through Chlorination of Metal Carbide." A description of his project follows: "The electronic double layer capacitor (EDLC) is a promising technology for energy storage with high specific power density. It consists of two porous carbon electrodes with an extremely high surface area separated by an ion conducting membrane. The ideal electrode would be non-interacting with the electrolyte solution and have a maximum surface area that is completely accessible to the electrolyte."

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    • Dee Breger's Work Featured in Science & Spirit

      June 04 2004

      The work of Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is featured in a special section on art and science in the July/August 2004 issue of Science & Spirit. The article entitled, "Small Wonders," features nine of Breger's micrographs. Science & Spirit describes itself as "an editorially independent magazine that explores life's complexities by encouraging a robust, reflective, integrated conversation about how science affects the human spirit." The July/August issue can be found at www.science-spirit.org.

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    • Two Materials Ph.D. Students Get a Crash Course in Business

      June 01 2004

      Nevin Naguib and Emily Ho returned from the University of San Francisco's sixth annual International Business Plan Competition empty-handed, but with increased knowledge about raising funds from venture capitalists, technology transfer from an academic project to the business world, and being entrepreneurs.

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  • May

    Highlighted Articles

    • PA NANO 2004 is a Success for Drexel

      May 28 2004

      The PA NANO Conference, The Business of Nano: Pennsylvania Nanotechnology Conference 2004, held May 25 and 26 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, was a huge success for Drexel! Drexel was the only university that acted as a Conference Sponsor and the University's name was prominently displayed. Mark Modzelewski, Founder & Executive Director of NanoBusiness Alliance who is behind the Nanotechnology bill signed into law by President Bush, praised Drexel's co-op system as the best mechanism to link universities and industry. Secretary Dennis Yablonsky and Phillip Bond, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce and Technology, mentioned Drexel as one of the major technological forces in the Pennsylvania region. Many Drexel students and faculty (29 registered participants) attended the meeting and presented posters (6 of 40 posters were from Drexel). High-school teachers who participated in the summer NSF-sponsored RET program at Drexel, stood up during the plenary session and announced that Drexel does more for K-12 education in Philadelphia than any other university. Thanks to all who participated in the event and/or helped us to prepare the promotional materials for PA NANO. You can find conference materials posted at www.pananoconference.org.

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    • ASM Liberty Bell Chapter Tours Drexel MSE Department

      May 24 2004

      Members of the Philadelphia "Liberty Bell" Chapter of ASM International visited the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University on May 20th, 2004. Facilities showcased with tours and demonstrations included the CPPM thermal spray lab directed by tour host Dr. Richard Knight, FASM and Vice President of ASM's Thermal Spray Society, the electron microscopy and nano-indenter labs, key parts of Drexel's centralized materials characterization facilities, and the fibrous materials laboratory.

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    • Murugaiah/Barsoum's Work Featured on the Cover of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society

      May 22 2004

      For the second month in a row, the work of Ph.D. student Anand Murugaiah and his advisor, Michel Barsoum, was published on the cover of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. The cover image is an optical micrograph of polished and etched titanium silicon carbide, sintered in the presence of silicon vapor. This is the 3rd Journal of the American Ceramic Society cover for Michel this year (February, April, and May), and Anand's second (April and May). Congratulations to both for having their work featured so prominently in this important materials journal!

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    • Drexel Materials Students Receive $1900 in Prizes at SAMPE

      May 21 2004

      A group of Drexel Materials students came away with cash prizes in various competitions at the Society for the Advancement of Materials Processing and Engineering (SAMPE) 2004 Conference held in Long Beach, CA, May 16-20.

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    • Two Materials Students Win Drexel TA Excellence Awards

      May 19 2004

      Ph.D. students Tom Juliano and Jing Zhang have been awarded this year's Drexel University TA Excellence Awards. The students were nominated by other students and faculty members and ultimately were chosen as part of a group of 9 winners from among 30 nominated students. This is Jing's second award and Tom's second nomination. Other students nominated from our department include Ph.D. students Emily Ho and Brenton Woods. The awards ceremony took place Monday, May 17th at 4 PM in the University Club. Congratulations to Tom, Jing, Emily, and Brent and to all the TAs from our department for a job well done!

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    • Department Receives REU Site Award from NSF

      May 19 2004

      A proposal submitted by Dr. Surya Kalidindi (PI) and Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos (co-PI) to NSF has been selected for funding. The proposal entitled, "DREAM: Drexel Research Experience in Advanced Materials" is for an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Site and will receive $334,071 over a three year period. The project will bring 10 students annually from peer institutions to spend 10 weeks in the summer in our laboratories gaining research experience in the areas of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and the design and processing of advanced materials. Caroline Schauer (MSE), Jonathan Spanier (MSE), Yury Gogotsi (MSE), Christopher Li (MSE), Wei-Heng Shih (MSE), Michele Marcolongo (MSE), Steve Wrenn (Chem. Eng.), Richard Cairncross (Chem. Eng.), Tony Lowman (Chem. Eng.), Karl Sohlberg (Chemistry) and Valarie Arms (English and Philosophy) will all serve as senior investigators and collaborators on this project. Dorilona Rose, program coordinator in MSE, helped tremendously in putting this proposal together. The acronym DREAM was coined by one of our newest faculty members, Caroline Schauer.

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    • Solar Atmospheres, Inc. Furnace is Dedicated at MSE VAB Meeting

      May 12 2004

      At the annual meeting of the Materials Science and Engineering Visiting Advisory Board on Thursday, May 6, 2004, Solar Atmospheres, Inc. CEO and VAB member William R. Jones accepted a plaque on behalf of Solar Atmospheres in honor of their donation of a laboratory, vertical, top-loading vacuum heat treating furnace to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University.

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    • Materials Students and Faculty Receive Awards at DU Research Day 2004

      May 06 2004

      Materials students and faculty alike were honored with awards at Drexel University's Research Day 2004 on Tuesday, May 4th.

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    • MSE Wins All Three Liberty Bell Chapter ASM Scholarships

      May 01 2004

      All three winners of the 2004 ASM International Liberty Bell Chapter Scholarships are from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. They are Mark Fiorentino (A. W. Grosvenor Scholarship), Pamela Panos (Anthony Gallacio Scholarship), and Andrew Marx (Joseph J. Weisser Memorial Scholarship). All winners were invited to attend ASM's May meeting (5/20) to receive these scholarships. Congratulations to all 3 students!

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    • Nevin Naguib Named Enrico Fermi Scholar

      May 01 2004

      Ph.D. student Nevin Naguib was accepted into a named post-doctoral position at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. She has been named the Enrico Fermi Scholar U.S. Department of Energy and is one of only two people in the Materials Science Division at Argonne who hold this named position. The position is for one year with a possible extention for two years.

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  • April

    Highlighted Articles

    • Dee Breger's Work to be Featured on the Cover of Science

      April 28 2004

      Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will have one of her images featured on the cover of the April 23rd edition of Science.  The image is a colorized SEM of microplankton and accompanies an article by Kenneth Coales of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, CA.

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    • Materials Students and Postdoc Receive Awards in Ceramographic Competition

      April 26 2004

      All three entries submitted by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University to the American Ceramic Society's annual Ceramographic Competition received awards. The entry presented by Ph.D. student Goknur Cambaz and Postdoctoral Research Associate Gleb Yushin entitled, "Conservation of Shape During Transformation of beta-SiC to Carbon" was awarded 1st place in the Combined Techniques category. Ph.D. student Svetlana Dimovski's entries, "Oxidation of an AlN-HfB2 Ceramic Composite" and "Formation of Aluminum Borate Whiskers Through Oxidation of an AlN - HfB2 Ceramic Composite," received 2nd place in the SEM category and 3rd place in the Combined Techniques category respectively. The competition took place during the 106th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Ceramic Society in Indianapolis, April 18-21, 2004. Congratulations to Goknur, Gleb, and Svetlana, and to advisor Yury Gogotsi on this fantastic accomplishment!

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    • MSE Grad Students Sweep ASM Liberty Bell Chapter Grad Student Poster Competition

      April 20 2004

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering was well represented at the April 15th ASM Liberty Bell Chapter's Graduate Student Poster Contest, with 17 posters presented. Congratulations and thanks to all the students who participated and represented the Department so well. After judging, the winners were announced as follows:

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    • Naguib & Ho Present HY-NANO to LeBow College of Business

      April 09 2004

      Nevin Naguib and Emily Ho, Ph.D. students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (advisors: Yury Gogotsi and Michele Marcolongo, respectively), were invited to present their business plan, HY-NANO, at Innovation and Commercializations in the Sciences and Technology: A Cross Disciplinary Research Forum sponsored by the LeBow College of Business on April 13th. Naguib and Ho recently returned from the University of San Francisco 2004 International Business Plan Competition where they were one of 25 semi-finalists chosen to present their venture plan.

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    • Department's Work Featured on Front and Back Covers of April Journal of the American Ceramic Society

      April 03 2004

      The work of two Ph.D. students and their advisors from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has been featured on both the front and back covers of the April edition of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.  An optical micrograph of a polished and etched hot pressed sample of Ti3SiC featured on the front cover is the work of Ph.D. student Anand Murugaiah and advisor Dr. Michel Barsoum.  The SEM Micrograph of naturally occurring graphite cones shown on the back cover is the work of Ph.D. student Svetlana Dimovski and advisor Dr. Yury Gogotsi.  The back cover image was featured at the 2003 Annual Meeting Ceramigraphic Exhibit.  Congratulations to Anand, Svetlana, Michel, and Yury for representing Drexel and our department so prominently!

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  • March

    Highlighted Articles

    • Gogotsi Interviewed for Article on Nanotechnology in Philadelphia Inquirer

      March 28 2004

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, was quoted in an article on nanotechnology published in the business section of the Sunday, March 28th Philadelphia Inquirer. The article discusses nanotechnology's potential for improving everyday products and gives a brief history of the emerging technology.

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    • Knight Acknowledged in ASM Liberty Bell Chapter Newsletter

      March 20 2004

      Dr. Richard Knight, FASM, auxiliary faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was mentioned in the Chairperson's Message in the March 18th issue of the ASM International Philadelphia "Liberty Bell" Chapter Newsletter. Knight was thanked by Chairperson Jim Watters for filling in last minute as the invited speaker at the January Liberty Bell Chapter dinner in place of ASM International president Dr. Robert Tucker. Dr. Tucker was taken ill unexpectedly and Dr. Knight agreed to give a talk entitled, "Thermal Spray... A 100-Year Old 'New' Surfacing Technology." Additionally, Ph.D. student Milan Ivosevic presented a introductory talk on "Thermally Sprayed Functionaly Graded Coatings."

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    • MRS Student Chapter Receives Grant Money for Outreach Activities

      March 19 2004

      Congratulations to the MRS student chapter, who was awarded $250 for outreach activities in local schools. The proposal was submitted by Ph.D. students Tom Juliano, Nevin Naguib, Pía Rossi, and Jing Zhang. Recently, Tom, Nevin, and Pía visited the Valley Forge Middle School to introduce the 8th grade class to materials science and engineering.

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    • Orlovskaya's Students Win 1st Prize in Student Poster

      March 17 2004

      David Steinmetz (BS/MS), Anthony Coratolo (BS/MS), and Siddhartha Pathak (Ph.D. student) and their advisor, Dr. Nina Orlovskaya, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, were awarded 1st Prize in the student poster comptetition at the First International Conference on Fuel Cell Development and Deployment, Connecticut Global Fuel Center, School of Engineering, University of Connecticut (March 7-10, 2004) for their poster entitled, Raman Diagnostics of La-Cr-O Thin Film as Protective Coating for Metallic Interconnect for SOFC's. Their poster was chosen as the best out of approximately 30 competing posters. The prize includes a monetary award.

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    • Hari Duvvuru and Jing Zhang Receive $500 Travel Scholarships

      March 08 2004

      Hari Duvvuru (Advisor: Kalidindi) and Jing Zhang (Advisor: Zavaliangos), graduate students in the Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering are recipients of the $500 travel scholarships for the 2004 TMS Annual Meeting. These are sponsored by TMS technical divisions.

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    • Jing Zhang 2004 Annual Meeting Student Poster Session Winner

      March 03 2004

      Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. student Jing Zhang's poster entitled, "Numerical Simulation of Temperature and Electric Fields in Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS)" was voted "The Best Student Poster" in the 2004 TMS Annual Meeting.  There were 25 entries in this international competition this year.  Jing will be awarded a check for $500 from the TMS Foundation.

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    • Three Materials Students Named 2004 SAMPE Finalists

      March 02 2004

      Ph.D. students Milan Ivosevic and Jason Lyons, and M.S. student Nick Titchenal, all from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, are finalists in the 2004 SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering) University Research Symposium International Competition. SAMPE will sponsor each of them to travel to Long Beach, CA (May 16-20, 2004) to participate in the student symposium, where they will present papers in competition in their respective categories and compete for cash awards of up to $1000 or trips to SAMPE Europe or SAMPE Japan conferences. While in Long Beach, they will also be able to attend the 49th International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (ISS&E).  Congratulations to Milan, Jason, and Nick and to their advisors, Rick Knight and Frank Ko!

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    • Svetlana Dimovski and Gleb Yushin Pictured in Chemical Heritage

      March 01 2004

      Svetlana Dimovski and Gleb Yushin are pictured in the most recent issue of Chemical Heritage (Vol. 22, No. 1, Spring 2004), the newsmagazine of the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF). The two are pictured in an article about "Women in Chemistry," an exhibit on display at the Foundation. Both visited the Foundation and the exhibit in November along with several other members of the department while attending a program on nanotechnology sponsored by the CHF's Joseph Priestley Society.

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    • ASM/TMS Student Chapter Receives Grant Award

      March 01 2004

      Drexel University's Joint ASM/TMS Student Chapter has been awarded an $800 grant for their proposal entitled, "Outreach Activities: Discovering Materials Science and Engineering for High School Students." The grant was awarded by the ASM Materials Education Foundation whose mission is "to excite young people worldwide in materials science and engineering careers." The grant will facilitate a one-day "mini materials camp" which will allow prospective students to explore the laboratory facilities and interact with current MSE students from a wide range of backgrounds. The hope is to give prospective students more detailed answers to the question, "What is Materials Science and Engineering?"

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  • February

    Highlighted Articles

    • Materials Students Compete in CoE's 10th Annual Kamikaze Egg Drop Competition

      February 27 2004

      Several students from MESPO (MSE undergraduate student organization) competed in the College of Engineering's 10th Annual Kamikaze Egg Drop Competition, held Friday, February 27th in the Great Court of Drexel University's Main Building.  The competition marked the end of a week of Drexel events held in honor of the 10th Annual National Engineers Week, celebrated February 23rd-27th, 2004. Participants from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering include (pictured above from left to right) BS/MS student Marcie Reilly, John Chmiola, Bill Schrepple, and Becky Dunmire, all Class of 2004.

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    • Materials Students Shine at CoE Honors Day

      February 26 2004

      Drexel's College of Engineering's Honors Day, held on Wednesday, February 25th, recognized the achievements of many of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering's students.  Honors Day is held every year by the College of Engineering to recognize academic achievement by the College's top students.  Following is a list of all of the winners from our department.  Congratulations to the students and their advisors for all of their hard work!

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    • John Chmiola Winner of Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council Paper Award

      February 23 2004

      Congratulations to John Chmiola, who has been chosen as a winner of the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council Paper Award for his paper entitled, "Capacitance Measurement of Nanoporous Carbon Obtained from Chlorinating Ti2AlC." The award will be presented during the Engineers' Week Banquet on February 28, 2004 at Temple University.

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    • María Pía Rossi Receives 2004 NSF Graduate Fellowship; Brandon McWilliams Receives Honorable Mention

      February 23 2004

      María Pía Rossi, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) is the recipient of a 2004 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  Additionally, fellow materials Ph.D. student Brandon McWilliams (advisor: Antonios Zavaliangos) has received Honorable Mention.  These highly competitive national fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.

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    • Kalidindi Interviewed in The Triangle

      February 21 2004

      Our esteemed Department Head, Dr. Surya Kalidindi, was interviewed for an article in the February 20th issue of The Triangle, Drexel's student newspaper. The interview was co-authored by our very own Ph.D. student, Tom Juliano, and can be found online at TheTriangle.org. The interview provides insight into the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Kalidindi's research, and his interests.

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    • MSE Students in ACerS Bulletin

      February 15 2004

      Elizabeth Hoffman, Thomas Juliano, and Nevin Naguib were mentioned in an article on NSF-supported travel fellowships to participate in the 5th International Meeting of the Pacific Rim Ceramic Societies, Nagoya, Japan, September 29-October 2, 2003 in the February 2004 issue of the American Ceramic Society Bulletin.  Nationally, only 9 graduate students were awarded these fellowships.  Congratulations to Liz, Tom, and Nevin and their advisors, Dr. Michel Barsoum and Dr. Yury Gogotsi, for this fantastic accomplishment!

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    • Gogotsi Quoted in Physical Review Focus

      February 13 2004

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, was quoted in the February 12, 2004 issue of Physical Review Focus in an article on the bending of carbon nanotubes. Physical Review Focus is an online publication of the American Physical Society. The article can be found at: http://focus.aps.org/story/v13/st7.

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    • Ko Awarded US Patent

      February 12 2004

      Dr. Frank Ko of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Dr. Cato Laurencin of the University of Virginia (formerly of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Drexel University) were awarded a US patent (US 6,689,166 B2) with Drexel as the assignee, on February 10, 2004 on "Hybrid Nanofibril Matrices for use as Tissue Engineering Devices."

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    • Doherty Named A. W. Grosvenor Professor

      February 08 2004

      Dr. Roger D. Doherty has been named the A. W. Grosvenor Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This position recognizes his professional accomplishments and personal efforts in development of the materials program at Drexel. This named professorship honors our Department's founder, A. W. "Doc" Grosvenor, who set the standard for dedicated faculty to maintain the high quality of education and research for which we are well known.

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    • Barsoum's Research Image Featured on Cover of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society

      February 08 2004

      A research image from the work of Dr. Michel Barsoum, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Miladin Radovic, former Ph.D. student of Dr. Barsoum's and now at Oak Ridge National Lab, made the February 2004 cover of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. The image is an optical micrograph of Ti3SiC2 oxidized in air at 1050°C for 517 h.

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    • Emily Ho and Nevin Naguib Make Top 10 in 2004 International Business Plan Competition

      February 05 2004

      Emily Ho and Nevin Naguib, Ph.D. students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University, have been chosen to participate in the University of San Francisco 2004 International Business Plan Competition to present their venture plan, "Hy-Nano," April 1-3, 2004 in San Francisco, CA.  They were selected from over 150 high quality submissions from universities around the world and will compete with approximately 25 other semi-finalists.  Last year's semi-finalists predominantly came from top business schools around the world, although students from any discipline may submit proposals.  The judges for the competition include Venture Capitalists and CEOs.  Emily and Nevin were second prize winners in the 2003 Business Plan Competition sponsored by the Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology and the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University.  They will be the sole team representing Drexel University in the International Competition.

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    • Linlin Chen Chosen as First Place Winner in Poster Contest

      February 02 2004

      Ph.D. candidate Linlin Chen's poster entitled, "Mechanical Properties of Tyranno ZMI SiC Fibers with Alumina-Based Coatings" has been chosen as the 1st Place Winner for the Poster Sessions held during the 28th International Cocoa Beach Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, held January 25-30 in Cocoa Beach, FL.

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  • January

    Highlighted Articles

    • Gwenaelle Proust Wins Zonta International Amelia Earthart Fellowship

      January 25 2004

      Gwenaelle Proust, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is a recipient of an Amelia Earhart Fellowship from Zonta International.  The Amelia Earhart Fellowships were established in 1938 in honor of Amelia Earhart, famed pilot and a member of Zonta International.  Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women.  Earhart Fellows are involved in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering research and demonstrate outstanding academic credentials.  Gwenaelle is the second materials students to receive this prestigious award in recent years, materials Ph.D. student Svetlana Dimovski having won the award in 2002.

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    • Gogotsi invited to join Editorial Board of International Journal

      January 23 2004

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and Director of the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, has been invited to join the Editorial Board of British Ceramic Transactions, an international journal publishing refereed papers on ceramic science and engineering. The journal is printed by Maney Publishing. Dr. Gogotsi is the only U.S. representative on the Board.

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    • Department Unveils New Logo Design

      January 19 2004

      How can the broad field of materials science and engineering be captured in a single logo?  The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Drexel University posed this question when they held a contest to develop a departmental logo to capture the essence of both materials science and engineering and Drexel University.  What they got from amateur students and professional graphic designers alike was an array of interpretations, including everything from spider silk to carbon structures and even a shield in the shape of the liberty bell, paying homage to Drexel's Philadelphia location.

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    • Alumna Anne Stevens '80 Elected to NAE

      January 10 2004

      Materials alumna Anne Stevens ('80) was among the 76 new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004 "for leadership in the development and application of creative manufacturing processes, resulting in major improvements in efficiency and product quality and cost savings."  Stevens was promoted in October 2003 to group vice president, Canada, Mexico, and South America of Ford Motor Company.  She is responsible for the entire business in each country, including product development, manufacturing, purchasing, finance, and sales and marketing.  She is Ford Motor Company's first female group vice president.

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