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Department of Materials
Science and Engineering
MSE AlumNews Winter 2008
Dear Alumni/ae of Materials Science and Engineering:

Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed your holidays and are looking forward to a promising and exciting 2008. Below please find some of the latest news from the last quarter of 2007.

We look forward to bringing you many more exciting stories in the new year and as always encourage you to send use your news!


           With kind regards,
           Department of Materials Science and Engineering


In this issue


MSE 2006-2007 Annual Report now online!

Read the complete recap of Drexel's Department of Materials Science and Engineering from the past year.


Alumnus Diran Apelian Appointed
2008 TMS President

MSE alumnus Dr. Diran Apelian (B.S. 1968) has been appointed the 2008 president of TMS, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. He is also the recent recipient of the 2007 Acta Materialia, Inc. J. Herbert Holloman Award. According to the award details, this award "recognizes outstanding contributions to interactions between materials science and technology and societal interests and/or contributions to materials technology that have had a major impact on society."

Dr. Apelian is the Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Metal Processing Institute (MPI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In addition to graduating from Drexel in 1968, he served as a faculty member and in several administrative positions at Drexel University from 1976 until 1990.


Two Recent Ph.D. Graduates
are Appointed to Faculty Positions

Gwenaelle Proust

Dr. Gwénaëlle Proust (right, advisor: Surya Kalidindi) and Dr. Davide Mattia (below, advisor: Yury Gogotsi), two alumni of MSE, have both received Lecturer positions to start in January 2008.

Proust has been appointed Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. Mattia has been appointed Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath working on mass transport at the nanoscale.

Davide Mattia

At Drexel, Proust worked with Professor Surya Kalidindi and the Mechanics of Microstructures Group on identifying the complete space of feasible anisotropic properties in polycrystalline microstructures. Since graduating in 2005, Proust has been working as a post-doctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Mattia worked under the mentorship of Professor Yury Gogotsi and the Nano Materials Group on the synthesis and characterization of carbon nanotubes for nanofluidic applications. Mattia graduated in 2007.


In Memoriam

We are sad to report that V. Krishnamurty (M.S. '86, Ph.D. '88) passed away in his sleep this past September. "Krish" as he was known by his fellow classmates, was advised by Dr. Roger Doherty.


Spanier Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

MSE Professor Jonathan E. Spanier was honored at a White House ceremony with President Bush on Thursday, November 1 as one of 58 researchers to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. Spanier is the first assistant professor at Drexel to be selected for this recognition since the inception of the program in 1996 under President Clinton.

Jonathan Spanier

Nominated by the Department of Defense, Spanier is cited for "innovative research in materials science and engineering to improve synthesis strategies to produce novel and advanced hybrid nanostructures with specific properties and multifunctional capabilities," Spanier is also cited "for his exceptional teaching of graduate and undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds."

In addition to his faculty appointment, Spanier serves as the Associate Department Head of MSE, and is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Spanier received a B.A. from Drew University in 1990 and a Ph.D. with Distinction from Columbia University in 2001. Prior to joining the College of Engineering in 2003, Spanier held a postdoctoral position at Harvard University.


Doherty Receives
2008 ASM Sauveur Award

Roger Doherty

Dr. Roger Doherty, A.W. Grosvenor Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of the ASM International 2008 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award. Established in 1934, the award recognizes pioneering materials science and engineering achievements that have stimulated organized work along similar lines to such an extent that a marked basic advance has been made in the knowledge of materials science and engineering.

Dr. Doherty is being honored specifically for his expertise in metallurgy. He has also been invited to give a lecture that will review the past changes, draw attention to some of the many scientific challenges that remain and speculate on what the future might yield for metallurgy.


Jessica Schiffman Selected
as a 2007 MatPAC Graduate Student
Award Winner

Jessica Schiffman

Ph.D. student Jessica Schiffman (advisor: Caroline Schauer) is one of four Pennsylvania graduate students chosen as a 2007 MatPAC Graduate Student Award Winner.

All winners will present their research in a one-hour seminar and will receive a $500 honorarium and a certificate of recognition.

MatPAC stands for "Materials Pennsylvania Coalition" and is a group of six universities (Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, Lehigh, Penn State, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh) across Pennsylvania who share research, facilities, and courses.


Marko Knezevic Receives
Nicolitch Scholarship from
Studenica Foundation

Marko Knezevic

Ph.D. candidate Marko Knezevic (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) has received the $5,000 Dragomir Nicolitch Charitable Trust Scholarship from the Studenica Foundation to support him in the 2007-2008 academic year.

The Dragomir Nicolitch Scholarship Fund was established in part to provide basic support to students of Serbian background from any of the states that made up the former Yugoslav nation for graduate study at an institution of higher learning in the United States of America.

Previous Drexel recipients of the award include former Ph.D. students Svetlana Dimovski (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) and Milan Ivosevic (advisors: Richard Knight and Richard Cairncross) and current Ph.D. student Dejan Stojakovic (advisor: Surya Kalidindi).


Support MSE!

There are many ways to support the department, including tax-deductible contributions, equipment donations, industry tours for our students, and participation in the Alumni Ambassadors Program. Your support, in any capacity, not only helps us achieve our goals, but also aids in departmental rankings and provides leverage for corporate and foundation support. Additionally, matching gifts can double or even triple your contribution. If you wish to make a contribution to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, please contact Dorilona Rose (drose@coe.drexel.edu or 215.895.2322).

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Last updated Friday, June 6, 2008