News

2007

Soo Yeun Kim receives Boeing Flight Award (December 2007)
Ms. Soo Yeun Kim, MSE graduate student, has just received a 2007 Boeing Flight Award from the Boeing Company, with a commendation as "Boeing Engineering Student of the Year". Soo Yeun has been a dedicated researcher for the Boeing Smart Window Project, helping to successfully deliver the demo version according to a tough Boeing delivery schedule. Her faculty advisor is Prof. Chunye Xu of Mechanical Engineering. MSE congratulates Soo Yeun on her accomplishment!

 

Alex Jen Named OSA Fellow (October 2007)
Professor Alex Jen has been elected by the Optical Society America (OSA) to be a 2008 OSA Fellow. He is being recognized with this prestigious honor for his pioneering contributions to the field of organic materials for optics, including conducting polymers, organic electro-optics, and organic LEDs.

Alex Jen Named to Changjiang Endowed Chair Professorship (July 2007)
In June 2007, Prof. Alex Jen was awarded a Changjiang Endowed Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education, P.R. China. Click here for article

 

Materials Scientists Go Global (July 2007)
From the 7/5/07 issue of University Week, the article "Materials world: Materials scientists going places as part of the UW's global scope" provides an overview of how the Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers many ways for students to conduct research on other continents.

 

Alex Jen Named 2007 COE "Faculty Innovator for Research" (April 2007)
Alex Jen was awarded the College of Engineering "Faculty Innovator for Research" on April 24, 2007, in a ceremony at the HUB Ballroom. The ceremony program noted that, "Alex has made significant contributions to the areas of organic and polymeric functional materials and nanotechnology, Prof. Larry Dalton describes Ale'; as the "sparkplug and central figure" in winning several multi-million dollar grant programs and numerous smaller programs. He has developed and led several innovative, multi-disciplinary and large research programs and is internationally known for his work in the areas of materials science relevant to functional materials, photonics, and nanotechnology. He has co-authored more than 250 referred publications and more than 100 proceedings and conference papers, has been published in some of the most significant journals in the field, has presented more than 175 invited lectures, Is co-inventor on 23 patents and has been instrumental in two local start-up companies -- Lumera and Advanced Electroluminescent Sciences (AES). Alex holds several significant awards and honors including SPIE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and Associate Editor of Advances in Optoelectronics. Alex actively supervises and mentors post doctoral research associates and Ph.D. scholars and also serves as a mentor for junior and mid-career faculty. He consistently encourages them to strive to become world-class researchers and always supports them in their research and career development. Alex has greatly enhanced the MSE department, the College and the University through his tireless contributions to his research field."

 

Ohuchi Opens Micron CME Lab (March 2007)
On March 19, 2007, Prof. Fumio Ohuchi opened his new Micron Laboratory for Combinatorial Materials Exploration (CME) in Roberts Hall. The new lab will be devoted to exploring new materials for use in semiconductor materials in a nanoscale world that is demanding faster and smaller devices. Click here for more info.

 

Raj Bordia Wins Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award (March 2007)
On March 9, 2007, UW President Mark A. Emmert announced the selection of Prof. Rajendra Bordia as the 2007 recipient of the Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. In his letter to Prof. Bordia, President Emmert noted that “your students and colleagues nominated you with the highest praise for your exemplary commitment to mentoring graduate students.” The Landolt award recognizes one faculty member who excels at the intense, one-on-one teaching that is the hallmark of graduate study. First awarded in 1999, the award was renamed in memory of Marsha L. Landolt, who served as dean of The Graduate School from 1996-2004. The recipient receives a stipend of $5,000. The award will be officially presented on June 7th at the University Recognition Ceremony in Meany Hall Auditorium and Prof. Bordia will also be recognized during 2007 Commencement exercises on June 9th. Information about 2007 UW Awards can be found here.

 

Ugrad Monika Marciniak Reports on TMS Annual Meeting (March 2007)
Monica Marciniak, MSE undergrad, participated in the 2007 TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition held in Orlando, FL on February 26th- March 1st, 2007. Monika attended the meeting to deliver a presentation that summarized her research work with Prof. Fumio Ohuchi. She has written an excellent report summarizing her experience and has included photos from the meeting and the nearby Kennedy Space Center.

 

2006

Jen Named to WTC Board of Directors (Dec 2006)
Governor Christine Gregoire recently appointed Prof. Alex Jen, MSE Acting Chair, to serve on the Board of Directors for the Washington Technology Center (WTC). The board consists of representatives from industry and higher education throughout Washington State and it's purpose is to guide WTC in its commitment to becoming a nationally preeminent organization, focusing state, federal, and private resources on the development and commercialization of new products and technologies as a vital part of Washington's economic growth. Alex's term runs from January 2007 to July 2009.

 

Stoebe - ASM George A. Roberts Award (Dec. 2006)
Professor Thomas G. Stoebe has been named the 2006 recipient of the George A. Roberts Award by ASM International. Stoebe, MSE professor emeritus and Fellow of ASM, is recognized for “his focus on using the materials of everyday life to instill in students a basic understanding of how things behave, demonstrating that we all have an innate knowledge of science through our everyday experience.”

 

This award was established in 2003 to highlight the importance of educational outreach and is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant impact to reach students and teachers, in efforts to increase awareness of materials and applied science careers. The award is named for Dr. George Roberts, president of ASM in 1955, who has served the materials community with great distinction for more than 50 years.

 

Yip & Jen, JACS Publication (Sept. 2006)
Grad student Angus Yip and his adviser Prof. Alex Jen had a recent publication, "Patterning of Robust Self-Assembled n-type Hexaazatrinaphthylene-based Nanorods and Nanowires by Microcontact Printing", published in the Journal of American Chemical Society, 2006, 128, 13042. It has been referenced in a Nature Nanotechnology online article, 9/29/06

 

New DOE Grant for Kannan Krishnan (Sept. 2006)
Prof. Kannan Krishnan has just been awarded a 4-year DOE/BES grant in the amount of $883,761 for a proposal title Exchange Anisotropy, Engineered Coercivity and Spintronics in Atomically Engineered L10 Heterostructures.

Ohuchi Named AVS Fellow by AVS Trustees (Nov. 2006)


Prof. Fumio Ohuchi been selected by the American Vacuum Society Trustees to receive the honor of “Fellow of the Society”. The Fellowship recognizes AVS members who have made sustained and outstanding scientific and technical contributions in research, engineering, technical advancement, academic education, or managerial leadership for at least ten (10) years. This honor reflects the profound impact of Prof. Ohuchi’s accomplishments as judged by his colleagues and concurred by the AVS Trustees, and recognizes Prof. Ohuchi’s advances in the surface and interface science of chalcogenide and oxide thin films, along with educational leadership in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The honor will be officially bestowed at the AVS Awards Assembly on November 15, 2006, during the AVS Symposium in San Francisco.

 

Zhang's Bio/Nanotech Aids Cancer Research (June 2006)
Prof. Miqin Zhang and her research group have been recently highlighted in the NSTI Nano World News, Nature Nanotechnology, and the NCI Nanotech News for their work with nanoparticles that can target cancer tumor cells. Go to links for full articles.

 

Zhang works on Nanofiber for Cartilage Repair (June 2006)
Prof. Miqin Zhang and her research group have been highlighted in NanoWerk for their work in developing natural polymer based nanofibers for cartilage repair. See full article.

 

New Faculty Members join the Department, 2006-07
MSE has just completed a national search to fill two positions in the area of organic/polymeric photonic/optoelectronic materials and devices, with a focus on device fabrication and physics. Funding for these positions comes from the Advanced Technology Initiative (ATI) and the NSF STC-funded Materials & Devices for Information Technology Research Center (MDITR). As a result of the search, Christine Luscombe joins our Department as tenure-track Assistant Professors in September 2006, and Vitaly Podzorov join us in spring 2007. More information will follow in our upcoming newsletter.

 

Banner Year for MSE Research Funding, Sept. 2006
UW Engineering's Department of Materials Science & Engineering, the oldest of the engineering disciplines on campus and a contributor to such high-profile projects as NASA's Space Shuttle program, is reporting a banner year for research funding, having garnered nearly $18 million since last spring. A string of recent grants to MSE faculty members by high-profile funding agencies show how quickly the department's research star is rising, according to Chairman Alex Jen. "Our people have always competed on the national stage with other leaders in the field," Jen said. "These results show that we're doing it at a greater volume with increasingly greater success". . . . Go to full article.

 

Alex Jen Highlighted in April 2006 MRS Bulletin
Alex Jen's Feb. 2006 Nano Letters paper (DOI:10.1021/nl052417e; p. 463), "Efficient CdSe/CdS Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diodes Using a Thermally Polymerized Hole Transport Layer " was highlighted in the April 2006 MRS Bulletin in an article by Tao Xu titled "CdSe/CdS QD-LEDs Fabricated Using a Thermally Polymerized Hole-Transport Layer".

 

Raj Bordia receives Graduate Mentor Award Honorable Mention
Prof. Raj Bordia received honorable mention for the 2006 UW Graduate Mentor Award in April 2006, 1 of only 3 honorable mentions out of a total of 79 nominees. This award was established in 1999 to recognize outstanding contributions to the education and guidance of graduate students.


Alex Jen elected Fellow of SPIE, 2006
Prof. Alex Jen, MSE Acting Chair, has been elected a 2006 Fellow of SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering) for his outstanding contributions in the field of optical engineering.

 

2005

Fumio Ohuchi & Taisuke Ohta appear in the ALS News, Dec. 2005.
Prof. Fumio Ohuchi and PhD graduate Dr. Taisuke Ohta, had their publication, Vacancy-induced Nanoscale Wire Structure in Gallium Selenide Layers, selected by Advanced Light Source to appear in the ALS News, 12/21/05 issue.

Kannan Krishnan named Professor-at-Large, Nov. 2005


Prof. Kannan M. Krishnan has been selected as a 2006 Professor-at-Large by the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia. His initial appointment is for a period of two years and he will be involved in the departments of Engineering, Physics and Chemistry. He plans to make his first visit to UWA in March of 2006.

 

George Mayer Publication appears in Science, Nov. 2005
Prof. George Mayer's publication, Rigid Biological Systems as Models for Synthetic Composites, appeared in the NOVEMBER 18,2005, issue of Science magazine. Click here to view article.

 

Kannan Krishnan Highlighted by Advanced Light Source, Sept. 2005
Prof. Kannan Krishnan, with P. Blomqvist and H. Ohldag, has had his article, Direct Imaging of Asymmetric Magnetization Reversal, published in Sept. 28, 2005 issue of ALS News.

 

Alex Jen & Kannan Krishnan Elected Fellows of AAAS, Oct. 2005
Professors Alex Jen and Kannan Krishnan were awarded the distinction of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in October 2005. Prof. Jen was cited for pioneering contributions to the filed of molecular photonics and for the development of novel materials with unprecedented characteristics that have enabled new photonics devices.

Prof. Krishnan was cited for establishing fundamental correlations of magnetism, transport and microstructure in technological materials, for developing novel electron microscopy techniques, and for education of the next generation of materials scientists.

 

2005 BS Recipient Mikkelsen Highlighted for Biodiesel Entrepreneurship
Ravi Mikkelsen, 2005 BS graduate from MSE, was highlighted in an article in the Summer 2005 issue of Trend, published by the College of Engineering, for starting his own biodiesel fuel company. Click here for article.

2005 Materials Camp a Great Success
MSE's annual Materials Camp, held in July in conjunction with ASM International, was another very successful week-long event designed to introduce high school students to the world of materials. Click here for an article on this year's camp.
2004

Kannan Krishnan Win Guggenheim Fellowship Award, 2004
Prof. Krishnan is the recipient of a 2004 fellowship award from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. These prestigious awards are granted to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts and sciences. Prof. Krishnan's is using his award to pursue a research project titled "Magnetic Nanoparticles for Cancer Therapeutics"

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