MSE News

Alumnus Helps Buck National Trend in Graduate Student Funding

With support from alumni, including the founder of Ventana Research Corp., the UA College of Engineering has established the NextGen Fund for U.S. graduate students to keep the nation globally competitive. After earning a bachelor's degree in 1990, John Lombardi worked at Norton/TRW Ceramics in Massachusetts. There, staff members familiar with the University of Arizona materials science and engineering faculty encouraged him to attend the UA for graduate study.With then-professor Paul Calvert...

Pioneering Champion of Diversity in STEM Reflects on 25-Year Career

Retiring UA professor of materials science and engineering Supapan Seraphin leaves generations of students with memories to savor. As the youngest of four daughters raised in Thailand, Supapan Seraphin recalls how local women pitied her mother because she had no sons. In an era when a woman’s place was in the home, they were puzzled by her mother’s resolve that all of her daughters would be educated. Seraphin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry and energy technology in Thailand...

MSE Competes in 13th Annual Materials Bowl

On April 25, a stalwart group of MSE seniors battled the dreaded Sun Devils for the Materials Territorial Trophy in the 13th annual Materials Bowl capstone project and poster competition.Competing against Arizona State University in Tempe this year were Anfal Alobeidli, Sean Arnold, Kristi Farrell, Eric Gabriel, Ben Geller, Kyle Jakes, Austin Lancaster, Kevin Luke, Kayli Mcarthur, Taylor Rhoades, Jacob Rochester and Lou-anne Wegrzyniak.While an ASU team took home the trophy this year, Jakes and...

Corral Named 2016 UA Distinguished Scholar

Associate professor Erica Corral was one of two UA Engineering faculty members to be recognized as 2016 UA Distinguished Scholars, an honor given to mid-career faculty who are leading experts in their fields and making innovative contributions to teaching and outreach. "I am delighted to be nominated and recognized by my colleagues for this prestigious award," she said. "I am thankful for the continued support from the University to pursue my academic and scholarly activities." 

Design Day Is on the Way!

UA Engineering Design Day 2016 is fast approaching. On Tuesday, May 3, seniors from every single department in the College of Engineering – including MSE – will gather on the UA Mall and in the Student Union to present their capstone design projects. Join us from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to check out more than 100 student projects. New this year: Download the free UA Engineering Design Day app for iPhone or for Android.

Alumnus Among Wildcats Hiring Wildcats

One of the primary goals of the UA Alumni Association Career and Professional Development Lab is to connect talented graduates with alumni employers, whether through high-tech webinars or face-to-face meetings. For an example of the lab’s success, look no further than recent graduate Raul Graciano, who received a degree in mechanical engineering in May 2016. Graciano was looking for a job when he met Don Zipperian, MSE PhD 1986, through a Career Lab meet-and-greet. Zipperian is vice president...

Neff Among First University Fellows Cohort

Paul K. Neff, who received his bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering in 2014, was named one of the University of Arizona's first University Fellows. Neff's intention is to work in an aerospace-related industry focused on high-speed flight applications. "I was fortunate in that my research found me as much as I sought it out," said Neff, a master's student and a graduate research assistant in the Corral Laboratory. He will graduate in May 2016. Photo by John de Dios/UA News

Bob Rieger New ME-ISE Associate Director

Bob Rieger is the new Associate Director of the Master of Engineering in Innovation, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship (ME-ISE), which is a new degree at the UA College of Engineering that combines the latest engineering technical knowledge with program management and finance skills for a unique alternative to an MBA degree. Bob is a former corporate executive with almost 40 years of experience in materials science industries. Until 2012, he served as president, CEO, Chief Operating Officer...

Kira Rundel Wins First Place at Homecoming Poster Fair

Kira Rundel presented a poster titled “Exploring the Effect of Donor Polymer Molecular Weight in Bulk Heterojunction All-Polymer Solar Cells” for the 2014 Homecoming Undergraduate/Graduate poster fair. She received first place in the Undergraduate Engineering category and won both the Women’s Chemical Society Award and the President’s Award. Her presentation is based on the senior design project that she is conducting under the advisement of assistant professor Erin Ratcliff.

Materials Science and Engineering Department is a new member of Investment Casting Institute

The Investment Casting Institute (ICI) recently welcomed the UA department of Materials Science and Engineering as an affiliate member. The Investment Casting Institute is a manufacturer's trade association. The organization's primary mission is to promote the investment casting process as well as ICI members in addition to collecting and disseminating information about the industry and providing education opportunities to members. Established in 1953, the Institute is comprised of over 245...


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