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MSE Graduate Students Wins First Prize for Poster During the Materials Challenges at MCARE 2012

February 2012 - Lance Hubbard won First Prize in the Graduate Student Poster Competition held during the Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE) 2012 Conference in Clearwater, FL.MCARE 2012 facilitates information sharing on the latest developments involving materials for alternative and renewable energy systems. The program emphasized materials challenges and innovations in the areas of solar energy, wind power, hydro, geothermal, biomass, nuclear, hydrogen, electric...



MSE Erica Corral's Plasma Sintering Furnace - Forging Tomorrow

Erica Corral, Ph.D., professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of Arizona, uses a special furnace – a plasma sintering furnace – to study how nanoengineered materials perform at ultra-high temperatures. Why? Because at 20 times the speed of sound, tomorrow’s hypersonic vehicles will need to withstand temperatures upwards of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit as they scream through the atmosphere.For Corral, the work is as much about the students as it is about the science. In...



Grad Student's research featured on cover of journal

January 2012 - Stephen Budy, a graduate student in Prof. Doug Loy's research group, is featured on the cover of the January 2012 issue of Acta Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications, which specializes in the rapid dissemination of high-quality detailed studies of novel and challenging crystal and molecular structures of interest in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, mineralogy, pharmacology, physics and materials science. The cover shows a molecule that Stephen...



MSE Professor Erica Corral Wins National Teaching Award

January 2012 - Erica L. Corral, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Arizona, has been given a national award in recognition of her "dedication to training and mentoring young people in materials science and engineering through educational outreach efforts."Corral's ability to convey knowledge and enthusiasm of materials engineering to her students has earned her the 2011 Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers, an award given to professors in...



UA-France Program Ranked Best in Class, Awarded $300,000

May 2011 - A materials and optical engineering research partnership between UA and French universities has been awarded $300,000 to fund mobility between its various international member institutions.The International Associated Laboratory for Materials and Optics was inaugurated in 2010 when UA President Robert Shelton met with Frederic Benoliel, Director of International Relations for the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).The Laboratory's creation was the result of 10...



Dr. Pamela Vandiver presents at the Freer Gallery of Art

 November 2011 - In the mid-12th century, Korean artists introduced the technique of using black and white inlays beneath green glaze to depict floating clouds, cranes, and flowers on ceramics. A later, quite different version of this practice, known as sanggam, produced lively, abstract patterns with white pigment alone. In her talk entitled “Cranes and Clouds: Evolution of the Inlay Technique in Korean Ceramics”, Dr. Pamela Vandiver, professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the...



Professor Supapan Seraphin makes famous Thai lunch for students, providing an opportunity to discuss academic concerns.

Supapan Seraphin, a materials science and engineering professor, received a Ben's Bells award for her work with students on January 21, 2011. She makes a famous Thai lunch for them, providing an opportunity to discuss academic concerns. Each week she cooks Thai food in the kitchen of Maricopa Hall, attracting dozens of hungry students with the aroma of her Pad Thai and yellow curry. Seraphin's commitment to her students goes far beyond cooking. As director of the Research Experience for...



Dr. Robert Erdmann helps count threads in Van Gogh canvas.

March 2011 - A Cornell electrical engineering professor is helping art historians do a little detective work by using computing algorithms to identify which of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings came from the same original rolls of canvas.C. Richard Johnson Jr., the Geoffrey S.M. Hedrick Senior Professor of Engineering, is on leave from Cornell this semester to serve as an adjunct research fellow at the Van Gogh Museum and other museums in the Netherlands. Computer algorithms are allowing...



Women Engineers Shine at Innovation Day Showcasing UA Research

March 2011 - The March 29 event celebrates the UA's success in technology development and innovation by highlighting the research achievements of students, staff and faculty members.On Tuesday, March 29, the University of Arizona will host its eighth annual Innovation Day at the UA.The event celebrates the UA's success in technology development and innovation by highlighting the research achievements of students, staff and faculty members.Innovation Day will open by highlighting the best of the...



Ben’s Bell Award for UA Engineering Professor

January 2011 - Professor Supapan Seraphin of the UA department of materials science and engineering is this week's recipient of the Ben's Bells award.Seraphin received her Ben's Bell Jan. 21 while she was in the kitchen of UA's Maricopa residence hall preparing her famous Thai lunch for students.As students and guests bustled around the kitchen, helping prepare more than 60 pounds of rice, chicken, tofu and veggies, and Seraphin stirred a giant pot of chicken curry, Ben's Bells co-founder...

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