MSE News

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...

Sloan Scholars Program Recruitment Opportunity

This Thursday, October 2nd, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm at Old Engineering Room 210, we will have a recruiter for Cornell University's Sloan program. This is a great opportunity for students. If interested, please RSVP to Cindy Cowen at

MSE Professor Pierre Lucas is Co-Author on Newly Published Book on Rare Earth

MSE Professor Pierre Lucas is the co-author of a new book on rare earth that has just been published. The book, titled "Rare Earths: Science, Technology, Production and Use" presents a comprehensive review of the structure and properties of rare earth elements (REE) and illuminates ways to reduce the use of water and energy during production of materials and to efficiently recycle rare earth materials, both of end-use products and in the production of new products. In addition to his position...

MSE Seminar 8/25/14 - Infrared thermography: A powerful tool in mechanics of materials

THE DEPARTMENT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERINGColloquium - MSE 595AMonday, August 25, 20142:00-2:50 PMHarshbarger 206Infrared thermography: A powerful tool in mechanics of materialsProf. Jean benoit Le CamAbstract:The design of industrial components requires to take into account thermal effects during the deformation of materials. For example, an increase of one degree in tire during driving will induce a significant decrease of its lifetime. Therefore, it is necessary to characterize...


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