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Virginia Tech students and alumni enter TMS Bladesmithing Competition

A new Bladesmithing competition was featured at the annual TMS meeting and exhibition held in Orlando, Florida, March 15-19, 2015. A team of Virginia Tech students and alumni entered the competition with a bronze sword cast at the Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry. Team members were Adam Humphrys (B.S. MSE 2012,  employed at Domet, Inc.); Peter Kim (B.S. MSE 2012, current MSE graduate student); Christian Birkett (B.S. MSE 2012, current graduate student in ISE); and Cameron Crowell, senior, MSE. To construct their sword, they first created a wooden pattern, then a nobake sand mold. They cast it in bronze and then performed forging work and polishing. The handle and pommel are made of cedar, designed and constructed by Adam Humphrys. The design for the blade was based on a Bronze Age sword found in the Thames River in London called the Limehouse sword, believed to date back to the 12th century BC. This type of blade was common in northwestern Europe and England. Sponsors for their entry were Dominion Metallurgical (Domet) in Roanoke and the AFS Piedmont Chapter. The team presented the sword to Dr. David Clark on March 25, 2015. It will be displayed in the MSE office.  Another MSE team also entered the competition, seniors Matt Antonelli and Drew Stutts.  Nice work guys! Click here to view a YouTube video of the construction process.

Engineering Now, 2014

MSE doctoral student, Rachel Umbel, appears in the 2014 edition of Engineering Now, which is the annual report of the College of Engineering. Click the photo to view the full article. View the full annual report.

Virginia Tech Research Magazine, Summer 2014

Nice article in the summer 2014 edition of Virginia Tech Research. Offers great example of how the Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry and VT-FIRE are helping to foster cooperation between departments. Click photo to view full article. View the full magazine.


Dwight D. Viehland named Jack E. Cowling Professor of Engineering: A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2001, Professor Viehland is an experimental solid state scientist investigating phase transitions in ceramics and physical phenomena like ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, magnetostriction, and magnetoelectricity. Read the full story here.

AFS-Piedmont Pledges Continued Support for VT FIRE

On June 27, 2013, Paul Huffman and Greg Southerland, representatives of the American Foundry Society - Piedmont Chapter, presented a $24,000 check to COE Dean Benson as a first installment of their new $40,000 pledge  in support of VT FIRE and the foundry at Virginia Tech. The AFS-Piedmont Chapter initially kicked off the VT FIRE project back when the foundry was still in the planning stages with a $45,000 pledge, which was fulfilled in 2012.  Pictured below, left to right: David Clark, MSE Head; Greg Southerland, AFS-Piedmont Chair; Dick Benson, VT Engineering Dean; Paul Huffman, AFS-Piedmont Education Chair; and Alan Druschitz, Director, VT FIRE. For more photos, visit VT FIRE news.





Johan Foster's Work Recognized - Friday, February 27, 2015
Materials Views recognized work by Dr. Johan Foster and co-author Dr. Mehdi Jorfi published in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science. The article notes that reports on biomedical materials based on nanocellulose are growing in prominence. "In light of this progress, two up and coming young researchers present a new review of nanocellulose's biomedical applications." Read more at Materials Views
Faculty Search - Advanced Manufacturing - Tuesday, February 03, 2015
The MSE Department seeks applications to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the area of advanced manufacturing of materials. Click here to read the full advertisement. 
AMA Adhesive & Sealant Student Award - Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MSE graduate student Rose Roberts received a 2014/15 Adhesive Manufacturers Association (AMA) Adhesive and Sealant Scholarship. The award is based on a nomination from her advisor, Prof. Johan Foster, and her research on "Facile Approach PVAc Based Reversible Adhesives." Rose received a tuition scholarship for the 2015 spring semester. Congratulations!

Dr. Kathy Lu publishes new book - Friday, December 19, 2014

Congratulations to Prof. Kathy Lu on the publication of Materials in Energy Conversion, Harvesting, and Storage. Click the picture to read more.

Maureen Julian Foundations of Crystallography published - Monday, October 06, 2014

Congratulations to MSE Adjunct Professor, Maureen Julian, on the publication of the 2nd edition of Foundations of Crystallography with Computer Applications.

FOUNDRY M&T Hall of Honor Recognizes Dr. Alan Druschitz - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dr. Alan Druschitz is the latest metalcaster enrolled in the FM&T Hall of Honor. His career in research, manufacturing, design, and in education has been guided by practicality and inspired by insights and discoveries, and in that way his experience parallels the progress and transformation in the metalcasting industry over the past four decades. Read the full story HERE.

MSE Graduate Student Published in Physical Review Letters - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rachel Byer joined the MSE graduate program fall 2013. Her paper, written with her Bucknell advisor and others, has been published in Physical Review Letters and is an "Editors' Suggestion," listed on the main page of the website. Read more about her publication HERE. Also, Bucknell University featured Rachel and her professor, Wendelin Wright, in a nice article that you can read HERE
Exploring Materials Spring 2014 - Tuesday, June 10, 2014
MIT Sloan Fellow - Monday, April 28, 2014

Jeff Schultz (MSE '99) has been accepted into the MIT Sloan Fellows in Innovation and Global Leadership program. He is a 2015 MBA candidate in the MIT Sloan School of Management. Jeff is the Chief Technology Officer at Aeroprobe Corp. in Blacksburg, Va. 
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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