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Virginia Tech materials engineer graduate Kirby Boone didn’t waste any time getting in touch with his future employer after Friday morning's graduation ceremony in Lane Stadium. Boone, of Mooresville, N.C., was emailing California-based Imerys Filtration Minerals, where he begins work in two weeks. (Photo & caption courtesy of Roanoke Times. Click to read full RT story)


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.


Shelley Cooke, MSE PhD student and Regenerative Medicine Interdisciplinary Graduate Program fellow, has been accepted as a Full Member into Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society.  Iota Delta Rho is the Nation’s first interdisciplinary honor society and was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011.  We applaud Shelley for her desire to participate in and promote interdisciplinary research at Virginia Tech, in the community, the state, the nation, and the world.  


Andre Stevenson, MSE PhD student and Regenerative Medicine Interdisciplinary Graduate Program fellow, has been selected to receive one of the two Ellen E. Wade Graduate Studies Fellowships for Fall 2014. 


Please join us in congratulating Shelley and Andre for their recent awards and inductions!

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.





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. 
MSE Alum Named to Greysteel Executive Committee - Monday, March 17, 2014
The Greysteel Company announced the appointment of Douglas Banerjee (MSE '05) to the Commpany's Executive Committee in March 2014.  Read more HERE
Maria Handley in France - Friday, January 31, 2014

MSE Senior, Maria Handley, has returned from a co-op experience Michelin in France.  Visit the MSE International Page to read all about it!

MSE Senior Jordan Holmes Combines Engineering and Creative Arts - Friday, November 08, 2013
MSE Senior, Jordan Holmes is the vice president of VT Expressions, which held Virginia Tech's first Poetry Slam in October.  Jordan and other participants prove that engineering and creative arts are a powerful combination. Read about in this Collegiate Times article from October 24, 2013. 
Exploring Materials at Virginia Tech, Fall 2013 - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Vol. 15, Fall 2013 
Devon Baker Receives AIST Scholarship - Monday, August 19, 2013

Congratulations to Devon Baker, who received the AIST Southeast Member Chapter $3500 scholarship.  Devon, who will be a senior in MSE this fall, spent his summer working at Solar Industries in Tucson, Arizona.  He worked as an apprentice machinist and toolroom assistant. 
Sara Fleetwood wins two scholarships - Friday, July 26, 2013

MSE junior, Sara Fleetwood received a $2000 scholarship from H.H. Harris and a $2000 scholarship from FEF, which included an internship.  Read more on theVT FIRE News page. 
MSE Junior, Myrissa Maxfield Receives H.H. Harris Scholarship - July 15, 2013 - Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Congratulations to MSE junior, Myrissa Maxfield! She has been awarded a $4000 H.H. Harris Foundation Scholarship. This Foundation provides scholarships for students pursuing degrees in the areas of metallurgy and metals casting. Myrissa is the third MSE student to receive this scholarship in recent years, and Prof. Alan Druschitz says this is the largest H.H. Harris award he has seen.  
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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