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Tech Launch Arizona: Taking Ideas to Market

Of the 500 or so steps in making a computer microchip, up to 100 involve avoiding contamination.One UA researcher has a better idea, a way to dramatically improve the cleaning steps.  He’s Manish Keswani, assistant research professor of materials sciences and engineering. But how can he prove that his idea to dislodge nanoscale particles from microchip surfaces is a good bet for investors? It’s not easy to get even good ideas to the market. Happily for Keswani, he was at the right place at just...



UA Engineering Alum Sets Up Scholarship to Honor Former Professor

University of Arizona Engineering alumnus John Rodgers recently established a perpetual scholarship in honor of Tom Morris, former head of the UA department of mining and metallurgy.Rodgers graduated from UA in 1972 with a bachelor's in metallurgical engineering, and in 1974 with a master's in the same. Rodgers describes his former professor and department head as “one of the greatest gentlemen I’ve ever met.” Tom Morris died in 1994 at age 78, and the metallurgical engineering major no longer...



UA One of Only Eight Institutions Selected for Nationwide STEM Initiative

 The University of Arizona is one of only eight institutions in the nation to be selected and funded under a major, nationwide initiative designed to greatly enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.Aimed at addressing the nationwide demand to improve education, retain more majors and expand the workforce in STEM, the Association of American Universities (AAU) announced the eight project sites of the STEM Undergraduate Education Initiative, which is funded by ...



MSE PhD Candidate Elyse Canosa awarded Thomas G. Chapman Fellowship.

 The College of Engineering is pleased to announce the awarding of the prestigious Thomas G. Chapman Fellowship to Elyse Canosa, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in the MSE department’s Heritage Conservation science program. Elyse completed her master’s degree last year, on carbon isotope analysis of 19th century paper negatives, and she will now focus on corrosion resistance of photographic materials. She works at the Arizona State Museum and volunteers at the Center for Creative Photography. Elyse has...



MSE's Elsa Morales receives the 2013 William Primm Cosart Award.

 The College of Engineering Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon was held on May 8, 2013 in the SUMC-Catalina Room. Elsa Morales, Administrative Associate in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE), received the 2013 William Primm Cosart Award. The prestigious award honors and rewards staff for exceptional service in support of the College's mission. Elsa was nominated by MSE Department Head Pierre Deymier: "Elsa is fully dedicated to her programs and her students. She...



MSE Prof Robert Erdmann invited to give lecture at the Netherlands Institute for Art History

  MSE Professor Robert Erdmann was invited by the Netherlands RKD (Rijkbureau voor Kunsthistorische Dokumentatie) and CODART (an international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art) to deliver a lecture entitled "Technically Analyzing Art in the Digital Age" on May 21st, 2013.  http://website.rkd.nl/archief/nieuwsarchief/technically-analyzing-art-in-the-digital-ageDr. Erdmann, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), is currently a Fellow-...



MSE senior Bradley Rubin and Ph.D. candidate Russell Beal awarded at College of Engineering luncheon

The UA College of Engineering announced the Outstanding Seniors, Outstanding Graduate Students and Outstanding Teaching Assistants for the spring 2013 semester at a spring commencement luncheon on May 1, 2013. A record number of awards, 34, were made. MSE senior Bradley Rubin and Ph.D. candidate Russell Beal were both recipients of awards. Further reading 



MSE Hyun Ji & team win a $500 award at 2013 Engineering Design Day

MSE was well represented at 2013 Engineering Design Day on April 30th. Eight senior students were part of multidisciplinary teams: Brian Akpan, Nathan Fenstemaker, Hyun Jun Ji, Chelsea Miller, Andrew Phipps, Bradley Rubin, Brian Rule, and Zachary Smith. Hyun Jun Ji and his team won the $500 award for Best Physical Implementation of Analytically Driven Design, bestowed by Tucson’s Latitude Engineering LLC. The project entitled High Force Damper Test was sponsored by Tucson’s Airtronics...



MSE Student wins 1st place at the 10th Annual Materials Bowl.

The 10th Annual Materials Bowl took place at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, AZ on April 23, 2013. Four University of Arizona (UA) Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) teams squared off against six ASU Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering teams in what is known as The Battle for the Materials Territorial Trophy, a senior project and poster competition created in 2003 by Norm Hubel, President and Founder of Refrac Systems. The event was sponsored by the ASM...



Gender bias still strong in science, engineering fields; parity at University of Arizona proves elusive

PARITY FOR WOMEN IN STEM FIELDS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA AN ELUSIVE GOALAdvanced degrees and professional success haven't spared Leslie Tolbert from gender bias in the scientific world. She holds the University of Arizona's top research administrative position, is an accomplished neuroscientist and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University. But she has sat through meetings where her ideas were ignored until they were echoed by a man, who then received credit for them. It's frustrating, she said,...

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