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Sean McGinnis, Teacher of the Week, April 11, 2016

The Center for Instructional Development and Education (CIDER) recognizes Sean McGinnis, associate professor of practice of materials science and engineering, for focusing on building student engagement, interests, and skills to develop solutions to real-world problems in materials design and sustainability.

Dr. McGinnis is the Director of the Green Engineering Program at Virginia Tech. He teaches MSE 4055, Materials Selection and Design (MSE 4055), MSE Senior Design Laboratory (MSE 4075-76) and the 2 core courses for the Green Engineering Minor - Introduction to Green Engineering (ENGR 31244) and Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (ENGR 4134). He uses current events, examples, and data, bringing his experience from the corporate, government, and non-profit sectors to his courses.  As one student noted, “(Dr. McGinnis) engaged the class in learning the material by providing real world examples and encouraging class participation.” He strives to teach from a learner-centered perspective focused on helping students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and is continually adjusting his pedagogy based on educational literature and student feedback.  In all of his classes, one of his goals is to spark a personal interest in the topic for students so they want to delve into details beyond the course syllabus and content.

Dr. McGinnis started teaching at VT in 2006 after 8 years in industry. An early experience at VT that shaped his perspective as a teacher was an invitation to be a co-instructor for the Earth Sustainability Course.  This 4-semester series, with the same cohort of students, was a student-centered approach to interdisciplinary teaching with Sustainability as the focal theme connecting the course topics. This experience disrupted his traditional lecture and content approach to teaching and forced him to consider pedagogical techniques that were based on research to better engage students in critical thinking across disciplines. Dr. McGinnis is also interested in experiential learning and has taken faculty trips to Costa Rica and Iceland with the Global Renewable Energy Education Network (GREEN) Program to see firsthand how study abroad trips can complement the more traditional campus curriculum.  He advises students in independent study courses in conjunction with these trips so they can earn credit and explore specific aspects of their trips in much more detail over a semester. As a fellow faculty member commented, "Sean McGinnis is an inspiration when it comes to his dedication to teaching and engaging students.  He is always excited about ideas he learns from reading widely within the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning discipline, and regularly participates in professional development conferences and workshops related to teaching and learning.  He is also distinctive in how enthusiastically he shares resources with colleagues." 

Dr. McGinnis continues to learn about pedagogy through conferences at the American Society for Engineering Educators (ASEE) and the VT Conference for Higher Education Pedagogy.  He has also taken several CIDER seminars and completed the CIDER Instructional Scholars Certificate during the 2014 – 15 academic year. 


MSE Students Among Winners in 2016 AIST Real Steel Video Challenge

The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) holds an annual video contest with the goal of challenging students to research the steel industry and produce a 3-minute original video that educates viewers on how the steel industry has changed over the last 70 years in terms of environmental consciousness and responsibility.  Two MSE students are among the winners for 2016. 

Emily Bautista:  Real Steel

Erik Quiroga:  A Stainless Future: It's a Steel

Awards range from $3000 to $500. You can see all the videos here.  Congratulations!


News from 2015
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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.



Graduate Student Fellowships


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!


Congrats to Grads


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)


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

ASM International 2013 Undergraduate Design Competition
Congratulations to Daniel Flagg, Brendan Ondra, and Michelle Leslie (MSE 2013) who won the ASM International 2013 Undergraduate Design Competition!  As First Place Winners, the team will receive $2,000 plus up to $500 travel assistance to attend the MS&T ’13 in Montreal. In addition, the MSE department will receive $500 to support future design teams.

This was the MSE department’s first senior design poster competition and also the first time entering this ASM competition.  We are very proud of this team of outstanding students, and also extend congratulations to their technical faculty advisor, Dr. Douglas Holmes, Assistant Professor in ESM and an Affiliated Faculty member of MSE.  This team’s work also won the MSE Outstanding Senior Design Project for 2013.  The winning poster, entitled “Controlled Deformation of a Slender Structure,” is displayed on the first floor of Holden Hall, along with many of the other posters from the 2013 senior design projects.


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. 

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, 20

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.

Summer Undergraduate Research - Monday, July 15, 2013
MSE senior Stephanie Wiltman spends summer at VT Carilion Research Institute. Read more...


President Obama Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists

July 31, 2012 - MSE Alum, Keith Knipling, was among 96 researchers to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on young science and engineering professionals. Keith completed his B.S. in MSE in 1998 and his master's in MSE in 2002, both at Virginia Tech. He completed a Ph.D. in MSE at Northwestern University in 2006. Keith works at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., and is one of 16 scientists who received the award for research related to the Department of Defense. To read more about this award click here. For the initial announcement and list of all recipients, click here.


MSE Associate Professor Murayama Receives





June 2013 - Associate Professor Mitsuhiro (Mitsu) Murayama received a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award for his work in three-dimensional transmission electron microscopy. This award, previously known as the Non-tenured Faculty Grant (NTFG), is highly competitive and was created more than 25 years ago by the 3M Technical Community in partnership with the 3M Community Giving Program, in order to invest in individuals who will lead university teaching and research. The awards provide $15,000 per year until tenure is achieved, up to a maximum of three years, in unrestricted financial support. The aim of the program is to help promising faculty earn tenure and contribute to their academic fields. Murayama’s accomplishments include supervising the transmission electron microscopy part of the Virginia Tech Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory and teaching introductory level electron microscopy, electron diffraction, and electron-based spectroscopy as well as practical transmission electron microscopy approaches to the more experienced. Learn more about Murayama's work with Michael Hochella in the NCFL. He is also part of the Environmental Nanoscience group.



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.


Summer Undergraduate Research June 24, 2013
Summer undergraduate research: The search to unravel a historic secret.

Visit VTFIRE News to learn more.


AIST Premier Scholarship

Myrissa Maxfield Awarded $10,000 AIST Foundation Premier Scholarship

July 2013 - MSE junior, Myrissa Maxfield, has been awarded the Premier AIST scholarship of $10,000 for the 2013-2014 school year.  The scholarship also includes a paid summer internship at a steel producing facility in North America. This is the second scholarship Myrissa has received, both awarded within a week.  She also received a $4,000 scholarship from H.H. Harris.  In the photo above, Myrissa is interning during summer 2013 at RTI-Martinsville in Martinsville, Virginia. Congratulations!




Dan Drew Receives NSF Fellowship - May 31, 2013


Congratulations to Dan Drew, who was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF GRFP "helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutes." The 3-year fellowship includes tuition and a monthly stipend. Dan plans to use his fellowship at UC Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.


Congressional Visits Day April 10-11, 2013

Five MSE seniors participated in the 2013 Congressional Visits Day. CVD is a two-day annual event bringing scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. This year, 5 MSE students had an opportunity to meet with U.S. Congressman Morgan Griffith, representative for Virginia's 9th District. He talked with the students at length about university expansion planning. Pictured above, left to right, are Tyler Dietrick, Haley Cherniuk, Morgan Brown, Rep. Griffith, Chris Rowland, and Ryan Cass.


MSE alum success story: Internship becomes dream job for young engineer
Kudos to Dennis Hollich (MSE, 2010) who went to work for Marine Corps Systems Command following graduation in 2010. He was recently featured in an MCSC press release written by Carden Hedelt. His job has taken him from Quantico, Va., to The Philippines and many places in between. Click here to read the full article, published April 30, 2013 on the U.S. Marine Corps website .

Scholar of the Week - Friday, March 29, 2013


Office of the Vice President for Research names Prof. Alan Druschitz Scholar of the Week, 3/25/13. Click here to read more.


AFS Piedmont Chapter Meeting, January 2013
Ten students were awarded scholarships at this year's
AFS Piedmont Chapter Meeting, held January 23 & 24, 2013
at the Holiday Inn in Blacksburg.
Visit the VT FIRE News page for details.



Raghu Thridandapani Wins Award

Raghunath Thridandapani completed his Ph.D. in MSE in  2011.  In July 2012, he attended the 2nd Global Congress on Microwave Energy Applications held in Long Beach, Calif.  He won second place in the Graduate Poster Competition for Development of Microwave Dilatometer for Constructing Master Sintering Curves, R. Thridandapani, D. Folz, D. Clark. Raghu is currently working as a Process Engineer for D1D Implant in Oregon.



Dan Drew Receives Awards at Two Fall Conferences

MSE Senior, Dan Drew, spent most of his summer participating in the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP), which “seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT.” Dan spent his time working in the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics (ONE) Lab. As a result, he was invited to present his research, entitled “A low-loss voltage actuated switch using metal-polymer nanocomposite,” at two conferences this fall, the 2012 AGMUS Research Symposium in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the 2012 SACNAS National Conference in Seattle, Washington. Dan won awards for “Best in Undergraduate Poster Presentations” at both conferences. Congratulations Dan!


News Highlights for 2011-2012

VT-FIRE students, inspired by the MSE4424 student video, prepared an excellent voice-over presentation of their talk for the Birmingham Chapter Student Casting Competition! While this project did not place, another entry by Adam Humphrys and Peter Kim took second place overall! See them with their WW2 plane above!

Materials Processing Lab Students make a video on their
semester project -- the Ceramic Education Council Annual
Mug Drop Competition!


The 2011 Graduate Edition of the U.S. News and World Reports is out and VT MSE is ranked 22nd in the nation. The Undergraduate program is ranked 17th in the nation according to the 2011 Undergraduate Edition. Congratulations to our students, faculty and staff!


First Place with "Ugly Mugly" - the first ever entry by a VT team!


If that wasn't enough, our students also won a Material Advantage Chapter of Excellence Award!

Congratulations to ALL of our students!

They are the best!


MSE Alumna Julie Martin Receives Prestigious AAAS Award - Monday, July 23, 2012

Click HERE to read about it. Julie, an assistant professor in Clemson University's College of Engineering and Science, completed her Ph.D. in MSE at Virginia Tech in 2001.


Haley Cherniuk receives AIST Scholarship - Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Congratulations to MSE Senior, Haley Cherniuk, who will receive a $3000 scholarship from the AIST Foundation for the coming school year. The scholarship was established by Chaparral Steel as a tribute to Ronald Lincoln and is awarded to individuals who exemplify the qualities of leadership and innovation for which Mr. Lincoln was so well known throughout his career.


Mary Seals Receives HH Harris Foundation Scholarhsip - July 16, 2012

Congratulations to MSE senior, Mary Seals! She received a $3000 H.H. Harris Foundation Scholarship. This Foundation provides scholarships for students pursuing degrees in the areas of metallurgy and metals casting.


MSE Student Articles in ACerS Bulletin
Student Articles - Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MSE Students Ashley Durrbeck , Samara Levine , Charles Forman, and Patrick Sinko had articles published in the June/July 2012 issue of the American Ceramic Society Bulletin. Click on each name to read their articles.


Diane Folz receives Favorite Faculty Nomination

Congratulations to Diane Folz, who received a Favorite Faculty nomination! The Favorite Faculty Awards program recognizes faculty members for outstanding contributions, dedication to students, and personal influence. The program is sponsored by Housing and Residence Life, part of the Division of Student Affairs. A reception was held April 3, 2012, and marks the 6th year for this program.



MSE students receive AFS-Piedmont Scholarships

The Piedmont Chapter of the American Foundry Society awarded scholarships to MSE students Corey O'Connell, Mary Seals, and Adam Humphrys during their March 2012 meeting held in Blacksburg.



1960 Alum Thomas G. Digges II inducted into Academy of Engineering Excellence

MSE Head David Clark, Dean of Engienering,
Richard Benson, and Thomas Digges II

Thomas G. Digges II was inducted into the College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence on March 29, 2012.  Tom received his bachelor's in metallurgical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1960. He also holds a bachelor's in French from UVA, a master's in metallugical engineering from UT, and a doctorate in metallurgy and materials science from Lehigh. Digges is the CEO of Virginia Semiconductor, a company he started in 1997 with his wife and brother. Today, Thomas G. Digges III is the company's president. The Digges are members of VT's Ut Prosim Society and the Committee of 100, and Tom is a former COE Advisory Board member (2007-2011). 



Bob Hendricks recognized for 25 years of service to VT
Congratulations to Bob Hendricks, who was among the VT employees recognized for 25 years of service to the university at a dinner with President Steger on April 3, 2012.



Alan Druschitz does it again! Best Paper Award! - Thursday, January 12, 2012

In April 2012, Dr. Druschitz received the Best Paper award for "Vacuum Assisted Filling of A356 Aluminum Alloy Engine Blocks Using the Lost Foam Casting Process."  The award was presented at the 2012 AFS Metalcasting Congress.
Alan Druschitz won the Best Paper in the AFS Lost Foam Division. The paper was published in the AFS Transactions in 2010 and presented at the 2010 AFS Metalcasting Congress. The title of the paper was "Vacuum Assisted Filling of Lost Foam Castings" and was co-authored by Harry Littleton (University of Alabama at Birmingham).

Kelly Ramsburg wins DOD SMART Scholarship! - Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Kelly Ramsburg, a Junior in MSE, has won a Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service through the Department of Defense. This program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working in DoD laboratories. Her scholarship includes full tuition for two years, a cash award, and a paid summer internship. After graduation, Kelly will work in the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory for two years. More information about the SMART program can be found at http://smart.asee.org/.


VT-FIRE is dedicated

VT-Fire Dedication - Mr. and Mrs. John Kroehling are on hand to meet with the students and faculty! Dean Richard Benson spoke at this special event for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

MSE students take metallurgy classes in the new Virginia Tech - Foundry Institute for Research and Education (VT-FIRE) facility. The foundry is a premier U. S. academic facility, with a strong curriculum built upon its use. (Read more about it by clicking the VT-FIRE link above.)


Diana Farkas named an MRS Fellow!


 The title of MRS Fellow honors those MRS members who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research, world-wide. The maximum number of new Fellow appointments each year is limited to 0.2% of the current MRS membership.



Forman invited to present at AAAS - February 2011

 UPDATE:  Congratulations, Charles, on winning an Honorable Mention on his work! 

UPDATE:  Congratulations, Charles, on winning an Honorable Mention on his work!
Charles Forman was invited to present his research at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Washington D.C. He performed research at Jefferson Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Kelley. His project was the microscopy of a high-performance superconducting radio-frequency niobium cavity. Forman’s research paper on SRF cavity topography was selected for publication in the DOE Journal of Undergraduate Research.



Kathy Lu wins the Bessel Research Award! - Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Kathy Lu has been awarded The Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. The award is given to scientists and scholars, internationally renowned in their field, who in future are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.



Students from Tianjin, China visit MSE and the COE!

Students from Tianjin, China visited the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in March.  While here, they had a chance to meet with Dean Richard Benson of the College of Engineering, and Drs. David Clark (MSE Head), GQ Lu (visit host) and Robert Hendricks (Assoc. Head). 


COE and MSE visit Tianjin, China

Dean Richard Benson hosted the inaugural VT College of Engineering Alumni Dinner in Tianjin, China this month.  Nineteen people attended this event, including Dean Glenda Scales, Ms. Nicole Sanderlin, Director of International Collaboration Programs at VT, Ms. Lisa Price, General Manager of GE's Business Development in Greater China, and MSE's Dr. G-Q. Lu.  As you can see, we also had several MSE students on hand, including: Annie Ellis, Matt Hiser and Gordon Waller.  The honored guest was Dean Zhenduo Cui of the School of MSE at Tianjin University.  Dean Benson recognized Dean Cui for his efforts in building a strong international collaboration between our universities.


VT Future Faculty 2010-2011


Congratulations to David Gray (2nd row, 3rd from left) and Brian Scott (3rd row right)!  Both were selected for the Virginia Tech Future Faculty Development Program 2010-11


Kokal Wins Prestigious Alpha Sigma Mu Scholarship! - Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kokal Wins Prestigious Alpha Sigma Mu Scholarship!  

Karen Kokal has been named as the winner of the 2010 Richard G. Connell, Jr. Undergraduate Scholarship!  The scholarship recognizes superior academic performance.  Congratulations Karen!  Read more . . .


MSE Undergraduate to Study at Tianjin - Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Congratulations to Gordon Waller who has been selected to travel to China for a 3-month research appointment at Tianjin University!  Read more about the program.


MSE Alum, Ashley White, named as Congressional Fellow - Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Ashley White will be returning to the United States as an OSA/MRS Congressional Fellow!  She has completed her studies at Cambridge in the U.K. as a Marshall Scholar and will spend the next year in D.C.  Welcome home, Ashley!  Read about the fellowships.


Bumbaco receives DOE nomination - Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bumbaco receives DOE nomination


 Amy Bumbaco's work as an undergraduate researcher was selected for the finals of the 2010 DOE SERCh poster competition. Student researchers from all of the DOE labs were invitied to participate in the competition on 11/14-15 at Argonne National Lab.  You can read more here.  Excellent work, Amy!


JUMR Volume 4 Published!

Congratulations to the Graduate Student Editorial Board for a job well done!

Request your copy of the JUMR by e-mailing the board at jumr@mse.vt.edu


MSE wins Green Challenge Award


The Energy and Sustainability Committee developed and launched the online Virginia Tech GCC Survey on March 10, 2010.  Blacksburg campus departments with 10 employees or more were eligible to complete the survey.  It was modeled after the Green Commonwealth Challenge that was issued to all Virginia state agencies and institutions and conducted in 2009.  The Virginia Tech GCC Survey may be viewed at:  www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/vt_green_campus.pdf. 

 Fifty departments participated in the challenge representing 4,747 employees, or two-thirds of the Blacksburg campus work force.   The results may be viewed at:   www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/gcc_results.pdf   Participating departments are listed in alphabetical order followed by their respective total points and ranking.  All of our departments are winners for participating in the challenge, and for supporting the advancement of sustainability at Virginia Tech.   

Special congratulations go to the Materials Science and Engineering Department for placing second with 290 total points.     


Piness wins ANS Scholarship

Congratulations to MSE Junior Jessica Piness, winner of the 2010 American Nuclear Society Scholarship!


Hiser named COE Outstanding Senior for 2010

Matt Hiser has been named as the College of Engineering Outstanding Senior.  Matt also has been named as one of eight VT 2010 ACC Undergraduate Research Scholars.  Great job Matt


MSE Inductions into Phi Kappa Phi

On Tuesday, December 1, 2009, Matthew Glazer, Diane Folz and Karen Kokal were inducted into the VT Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.  "Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated."


MSE Students Inducted into Tau Beta Pi Fall 2009

Congratulations to Peter Evans, Matt Glazer , Calvin Lear, Prabhakaran Munusamy and Tyler Williams.  They were inducted into the VT Chapter of Tau Beta Pi on December 1, 2009!  Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society. Notable members of Tau Beta Pi at Virginia Tech include former President Paul Torgersen and Dr. F. W. Stephenson, former Dean of the College of Engineering.


Wicks recieves 2010 SC Governor's Award

Dr. George Wicks, a member of the MSE Advisory Board, has been chosen to receive the 2010 South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. 


Virginia Tech Honors Engineer Tom Cox for his Career Achievements
BLACKSBURG, Va., May 1, 2009 –– Thomas B. Cox (front row; fourth from left) of Boulder, Colo., who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in metallurgical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1966 and in 1968, respectively, is a 2009 inductee into Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence, joining an elite group of 90 individuals out of more than 50,000 living engineering alumni.




Exploring Materials at Virginia Tech - Friday, May 21, 2010
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