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Department of Materials
Science and Engineering
MSE eNews Spring 2008
Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Welcome to the spring edition of our e-newsletter. As we get closer to graduation, we have many milestones to celebrate. In particular, we hope you will join us during Blue and Gold Days to honor our esteemed colleague, Dr. Roger Doherty. Please read below for more information.

   Antonios Zavaliangos, Ph.D.
     Interim Department Head and Professor

In this issue


Celebrating the Retirement of
Dr. Roger Doherty

Please join us on Friday, May 2nd during Blue and Gold Days as we honor retiring Professor Roger Doherty during a reception and dinner. If you are unable to attend, we still encourage you to make a donation in Roger’s honor to our departmental endowment fund.

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Drexel MSE Number One in the Nation in NSF Graduate Fellowships in Materials

Three MSE students are the recipients of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Holly McIlwee (advisor: Caroline Schauer), Alex Moseson (advisor: Michel Barsoum), and Stephen Niezgoda (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) have all received this prestigious fellowship that provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees. Niezgoda also received the Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellowship.

McIlwee, Moseson, and Niezgoda are three of only 30 materials students who received the fellowship nationwide. With three recipients, our department represents the largest number of awardees in materials for students receiving their B.S. at a particular institution. These three students bring the total number of MSE students to receive the NSF fellowships to six.

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Doherty and Samajdar
co-author Thermomechanical
Processing Textbook

Dr. Roger D. Doherty, A. W. Grosvenor Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the co-author of Thermo-Mechanical Processing of Metallic Materials, a textbook published by Elsevier in the Pergamon Materials Series in 2007.

This book unites a wide range of topics never before published together in the same volume. The four authors, all of whom are actively involved in research and teaching in the field, describe the current methods of thermo-mechanical processing used for the full range of modern alloys. They carefully relate the processes used to the microstructure developed by the processing and resulting properties of those alloys. The book is designed for graduate students entering the field and for engineers immersed in this area in industry.

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Kalidindi Appointed Co-Editor-in-Chief of Computers, Materials & Continua (CMC)

Dr. Surya Kalidindi has been appointed Co-Editor-in-Chief of Computers, Materials & Continua (CMC), an international journal publishing original research papers in the areas of computational materials science and engineering, at various length scales (quantum, nano, micro, meso, macro) and various time scales (picoseconds to hours). Kalidindi is one of four editors-in-chief. CMC is published in two volumes and six issues per year by Tech Science Press.

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Siddhartha Pathak and Marko Knezevic
Win Baiada Business Plan Competition

For the second year in a row, MSE Ph.D. students Siddhartha Pathak (far right) and Marko Knezevic (right) (advisor: Surya Kalidindi), along with Wan-ting Hu and Jane Zhen Cai of the LeBow College of Business, are winners of the Business Plan Competition sponsored by the Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology for their research plan, "Microstructure Sensitive Design of Materials." They will receive a cash prize of $500.

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Shihs Featured in Chemical Technology Article

The work of Dr. Wei-Heng Shih (left), Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Dr. Wan Shih (below), Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and their colleagues was featured in the March 6, 2008 issue of Chemical Technology.

The article highlights a recent journal publication co-authored by the Shihs (“Label-free flow-enhanced specific detection of Bacillus anthracis using a piezoelectric microcantilever sensor,” John-Paul McGovern, Wan Y. Shih, Richard Rest, MitaliPurohit, YognandanPandya and Wei-Heng Shih, Analyst, 2008). It describes the use of a piezoelectric microcantilever sensors (PEMS) pioneered in the Shihs’ laboratory that can tell the difference between closely related bacteria.

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Ph.D. Student Matthew Cathell Receives Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Beginning in August 2008, Ph.D. student Matthew Cathell (advisor: Caroline Schauer) will be the Assistant Professor in the Department of Technological Studies in the School of Engineering at The College of New Jersey.

Matthew joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2003. He received his B.A. degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from La Salle University. He plans to graduate with his Ph.D. in May 2008. His doctoral research has focused on identifying and modifying natural polymer materials fashioned into biomimetic thin films for the binding of aqueous heavy metal pollutants.

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