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Professor Kathy Lu Receives 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research

Congratulations to Professor Kathy Lu, who has been honored with the university's 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence. Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, this award is presented annually to as many as two Virginia tech faculty members who have made outstanding research contributions. Read the full article here.

   
 




Professor Abby Whittington Receives Auburn University Outstanding Alumni Award

The Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering at Auburn University presented its 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award to Abby Whittington, who graduated Summa cum Laude from the department in 2000 with a degree in Textile Chemistry. She was specifically noted for her Ph.D. in MSE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006, more than 20 publications in peer reviewed journals, recent promotion to associate professor with tenure in chemical engineering and MSE at Virginia Tech, and her patent application in the development of new imagible polymers specifically designed for pediatric medical devices. She was honored on April 8, 2016, during Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Annual Awards Ceremony in Auburn, Alabama.

   
   

2016 MSE Outstanding Senior

Congratulations to Ms. Priya Venkatraman, who has been named the Outstanding Senior for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering for 2016. Priya models exemplary skills in leadership and service. She is co-founder and president of BioactiVT, the biomedical engineering design team that won second place in the Engineering World Health design competition last fall. She is also president and founder of the first undergraduate biomedical organization at Virginia Tech. Priya is a member of Professor Johan Foster’s Advanced Materials Group in MSE where she is engaged in undergraduate research in the area of anti-bacterial scaffolds.  She has participated in internships at Adolphe Merkle Institute in Switzerland and the National Centre of Biological Science at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in India. She also serves as a student ambassador for MSE. Priya is interested in pursuing research and development in materials science and biomedical engineering.

Yanxi Li Receives GEMS Sapphire Award

Mr. Yanxi Li, a Ph.D. candidate in Virginia Tech's MSE department, has been awarded the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Sapphire Award given by the American Ceramics Society (ACerS).

Yanxi is advised by Prof. Dwight Viehland and co-advised by Dr. Jiefang Li. His research is focused on epitaxial growth and characterization of multifunctional solid oxide thin film materials with magnetoelectric and multiferroic properties.

This GEMS award, organized annually by the Basic Science Division of ACerS, recognizes the outstanding achievements of graduate students in materials science and engineering. It is based on the quality of student's research, the academic and scientific accomplishments of the student, as well as the overall quality of the student's oral presentation at the Materials Science & Technology Conference, held this year on October 4-8 in Columbus, Ohio.


College of Engineering Spotlight on New Faculty 

Carolina Tallon and Hang Yu will join the MSE faculty in January.

Virginia Tech students win second place for medical prototype

Engineering World Health is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to create a global network of engineers and engineering students around the world who improve healthcare in low-resource environments. The Engineering World Health Design Competition challenges students to create innovative designs of medical equipment appropriate to very low resource areas. Plenty of hospitals in Africa, Latin America and Asia operate without steady electrical power under hot and dusty conditions with unclean water, all of which can contaminate and render equipment unusable. Many Engineering World Health chapters around the globe enter the annual design competition, which focuses exclusively on designing and building instruments that are low-cost and functional in these environments.

BioactiVT won second place for creating a low-cost, thermoelectrically generated pulse oximeter for use in developing nations.  MSE student, Priya Venkatraman, is a co-founder of BioactiVT and is President of the current team.  Read more here .

Virginia Tech Honors Paul Huffman, Jr. for Career Achievements

April 22, 2015 - Paul Huffman, Jr., a 1978 MSE graduate and MSE Advisory Board member, is a 2015 inductee into the College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence, joining an elite group of 135 individuals out of more than 60,000 living engineering alumni. The Academy was founded in 1999 by F. William Stephenson, past dean of the college of engineering, and the College's Advisory Board. Inductees are Virginia Tech engineering graduates who have made continuous and admirable engineering or leadership contributions during their careers.

Paul is the founder and President of Dominion Metallurgical (DOMET) located in Roanoke, Virginia. As a member of MSE's advisory board, he played a key role in fund-raising efforts to establish VT FIRE and the Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry. He also designed and constructed the Skipper II cannon at no charge, following in his father's footsteps. Paul Huffman, Sr., cast the first Skipper, also at no charge.

  

  

 

 
  
  Announcements
Sean McGinnis, CIDER Teacher of the Week! - Monday, April 11, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Sean McGinnis, who is the CIDER Teacher of the Week.Visit the MSE NEWS page to read more.

 
MSE SHOWCASE - Friday, March 25, 2016



Adwoa Baah-Dwomoah is a Ph.D. candidate in VT's MSE department. She completed her B.S. in MSE at Virginia Tech in 2010 and her M.S. in MSE at UF in 2012. Click here to read more about Adwoa.

 
AIST Scholarship Recipients - Monday, January 25, 2016
Four MSE undergrads are among this year's AIST Scholarship winners. Congratulations to Joseph Ogea, Mattie LaPrada, Mackenzie Jones, and Zachary Corey. These students will participate in paid summer internships in the steel industry and each will receive a $6000 one-year scholarship for 2016-2017. 
Austin Scherbarth, MSE, 1 of 3 COE Sudents Awarded Rolls-Royce Fellowships - Monday, January 25, 2016

MSE graduate student, Austin Scherbarth, received one of three Rolls-Royce Fellowships. this doctoral award comes with an annual $30K stipend, full tuition and fees, health insurance, and an annual travel budget of $2500.  Congratulations Austin!



 
YOU MAY HAVE TO SAVE A LIFE ONE DAY! - Monday, July 09, 2012

 This short video will show you how to be the one to save someone's life someday instead of being a by-stander and watching them die.  I encourage all of you to watch it.  Let's everyone in MSE take care of each other!

 
 
  
 
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