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MSE Honors student wins 1st prize at 3rd Annual First Year Project Showcase

The Honors College 3rd Annual First Year Project Showcase took place on April 15. This year, a group of 45 first-year students presented their research findings during the ever-expanding spring showcase for the largest number of students presenting.Research categories were:Analytical ResearchApplied Research/Community ProjectCreative ExpressionDesignHonors College Common ReadingLab/Field ExperienceTeri Elwood, an Honors freshman student who intends to major inMaterials Science and Engineering...



MSE takes 2nd place in 2013 TUCSON GLASS FESTIVAL

The 2013 TUCSON GLASS FESTIVAL--S.T.E.A.M. OFF: The Science Behind the Art - was presented by Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio and Sonoran Glass School on April 13-14, 2013. The S.T.E.A.M. OFF is a glass blowing competition where teams of artists compete to create the piece with the most S.T.E.A.M i.e elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. UA Professor of Materials Science & Engineering Pam Vandiver, and students Leah Edwards, Brendan Tobin and Autumn Eaton took...



UA Rube Goldberg team awarded 2nd place at the 2013 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest: College Nationals

With more than 1,000 people in attendance, the 2013 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest: College Nationals, on March 30 was an overwhelming success. Hosted by the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio, children, students, parents, grandparents and interested onlookers had a wonderful time watching students run their machines and compete for the number ONE spot. The machines were wild, and the crowd and students, extremely enthusiastic!Seven talented collegiate teams put their...



Scholarships: Turning Uncertainty into Success

April 2013 - MSE student Leah Herlihy could have been a model. At 17, ink barely dry on her high school diploma, she went to Paris, France, to take part in modeling tryouts. The very next day she was offered a one-way ticket to Milan to begin her modeling career.It sounds like a dream come true, but Herlihy was torn. She had been accepted by the UA College of Engineering and orientation was just a week away. "I think you all know what decision I made," she said to the audience at a recent UA...



MSE Professor Erica Corral's Engineering Lab Gets Ultra High-Temperature Ceramics Oven

   April 2013 - The UA's Erica Corral and her team create and test advanced high-temperature resistant materials for use in extreme environmental conditions. Recently, a new direct current sintering furnace was delivered to the Corral Laboratory. Before the new equipment could be used, the Arizona Materials Laboratory had to be specially renovated to accommodate the large high-temperature ceramics oven. Watch full video here. 



UA and Intel Join Forces to Deliver Online Engineering Degree Program

March 2013 - Thanks to a new Intel-UA collaboration, Intel employees now have the opportunity to boost their education to help keep Intel the world's biggest chip manufacturer. "I've always wanted to complete my four-year engineering degree, but kids and a family made it more and more difficult to find the time," said Mike Dokouzian, a facilities manager at Intel's Ocotillo site in Chandler, Arizona, and one of the first students to enroll in the program. Intel's Fab/Sort...



Four MSE teams receive Tech Launch Arizona awards

January 2013 - Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) completed the award process for the first Proof of Concept Program (POC) at the University of Arizona. The POC program is aimed at accelerating commercialization activities by providing funding to researchers at the University of Arizona to advance development of their inventions. Tech Launch Arizona’s POC program focus is identifying key value inflection points in the development pathway for a given technology, and providing funding for early technology...



MSE alumna Jessica Rimsza awarded prestigious fellowship

Rimsza earned her bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Arizona in December 2011, after only three and a half years of study. While at UA, she worked in Dr. Renee Corrales’ lab developing liquids for semiconductor cleaning. Earlier this year her research was published in the Journal of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry.As Rimsza was finishing her undergraduate degree, Corrales suggested she consider working with Dr. Jincheng Du at UNT for her...



MSE Grad Student Award: NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute for FY 2012 in New Zealand

May 2012 - MSE grad student Stephen Budy won an NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship that will support his research visit to the University of Auckland in New Zealand this summer.Stephen and the other NSF Fellows attended a training session for the fellowship in Washington DC where he met the New Zealand Ambassador (Stephen is three rows up and second from the right in a Burgundy colored shirt, the Ambassador is in the first row, left).Award Abstract



Assistant Professor Robert G. Erdmann's work on the Hieronymous Bosch Research and Conservation Project (BRCP) makes national news in Spain

February 2012 - The meditations of St. John the Baptist, painted by Hieronymus Bosch between 1485 and 1510, is one of the best known works of the Museo Lázaro Galdiano. In the box, 60 by 40 centimeters, the saint is surrounded by strange mountains (mirror of lust and sin), farm animals mixed with strange creatures and plants typical of a great science fiction movie. In this table highlights what could be a sort of grenade climbing. The restoration by the museum in 1995, sensed the existence of...

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