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Dear Alumni/ae, Friends, and Colleagues,

Greetings! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and getting to spend quality time relaxing, whether it be on the beach or in your own backyard. To reflect summer’s favorite hue, we here in materials at Drexel are doing our part to make everything a little more "green."

Our faculty, staff, and students are involved in a number of projects and initiatives involving materials for energy, nuclear materials science, sustainable building materials, and other areas of "green" research. I am happy to present to you a snapshot of our recent activity in this area.

As also comes with this time of year, we congratulate the class of 2010 and gear up for welcoming the incoming freshmen and graduate students this summer at orientations.

We also bid farewell to long-time beloved staff member, Judy Trachtman, who has left a lasting impact on our department and its students. Judy will be greatly missed and we wish her well on her retirement.

As always, we welcome your comments and feedback and wish you a restful summer.

Warm regards,
Antonios Zavaliangos, Ph.D.
Department Head and Professor


Over $2.0M in New Grants Awarded to MSE for Nuclear Research

Professors Mitra Taheri and Ulrike Wegst have been awarded a combined total of three grants for nuclear engineering research.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is expanding its research in the field of nuclear materials science. The field is experiencing a renaissance and materials hold the key for improved nuclear reactor designs. New projects bring a total of approximately $2.0M to Drexel.

Professors Ulrike Wegst and Mitra Taheri have received funding from the Department of Energy Nuclear Energy University Program. Taheri has also received grants from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Department of Energy to improve and design new metal alloys for use in current and future nuclear reactors and instrumentation for nuclear research respectively. Professor Michel Barsoum received funding for permission to perform experiments with the Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility.

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Drexel Team Wins $75,000 EPA P3 Phase II Grant for Sustainable Building Material and iCAST Triple Bottom-Line Impact Award

A team of Drexel and Villanova University researchers have won a $75,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Phase II design competition for "Alkali-Activated Slag Cement (AASC) as a Sustainable Building Material." The goal of this research is to create a sustainable cement that emits 95% less CO2 during the manufacturing process, but is competitive in performance and cost with ordinary portland cement. Additionally, the team of researchers won the only second annual iCAST (International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology) Triple Bottom-Line Impact Award.

The team is led by Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Professor Michel Barsoum and includes Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM) National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Ph.D. student Alex Moseson (B.S. MEM/M.S. MSE 2007; advisor: Michel Barsoum) and freshman Abraham Crook (MSE); Joseph Shook, Jamie Mucha, Aleksandra Terpeluk, and Professor Aleksandra Radlinska of Villanova University; and University of Michigan postdoctoral researcher Dr. Aaron Sakulich (MSE B.S. 2005, Ph.D. 2009; advisor: Michel Barsoum). read more


Eric Eisele Receives Grand Prize in ET Foundation's 2010 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

M.S. student Eric Eisele (MSE B.S. 2009; advisor: Michel Barsoum) has received the Grand Prize, a $3,500 scholarship, in the ET Foundation’s 2010 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. This is only the second time in the competition's nine-year history that a student has received the Grand Prize. Eric was awarded the prize for the design of an extruded hanging LED light fixture. read more

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