Welcome to Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a research-centered educational environment whose mission is to enhance the productivity, quality, and benefit of materials-related learning to its students, faculty, and community. DMSE bears a commitment to the improvement of materials technology as an advantaged academic unit equipped with state-of-the-art facilities in areas of materials surface analysis, mechanical characterization, and an extensive suite of advanced electron microscopy instrumentation that act in synergy to consistently thrust us among the top tiers of materials research institutions in the nation.


Janet Gbur Appointed to the Student Council of the Microscopy Society of America

The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) approved a resolution at its annual Winter Council Meeting to improve the level and sustainability of student input in its decision-making by creating a Student Council. The Student Council features offices that parallel those of the Executive Committee and the major standing committees of the Society. This structure was proposed by MSA’s student leaders in order to provide leadership opportunities to the Society’s
members at the earliest stages of their careers.

The inaugural Executive Officers of the Student Council are: Joshua Silverstein, Miami University of Ohio (President); Janet Gbur, Case Western Reserve University (President-Elect); James Kilcrease, Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc. (Past President); Cameron Varano, Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Secretary); and Ethan Lawrence, Arizona State University (Treasurer). In addition, William Bowman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been appointed Chair of the Student Council Program Committee, and is principal organizer of a PreMeeting Congress in conjunction with the Society’s 75th anniversary meeting, the first-ever Pre-Meeting Congress organized by student leaders.

Reporting to the MSA membership at its 2016 Annual Members Meeting, 75th Anniversary Committee Chair, Beth Dickey, noted that there was widespread consensus that the creation of the Student Committee was an important step forward for the Society, but that it needed to be restructured to achieve a more sustainable model. The Student Council does just that. New officers will be elected annually at Microscopy & Microanalysis, the Society’s annual meeting, by the students in attendance. 

Congratulations to Jonathan Healy - winner of 2017 SMD Scholarship at TMS

Jonathan Healy received the TMS Structural Materials Division Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate applicants in their sophomore or junior years, who are majoring in metallurgical and/or materials science and engineering with an emphasis on the science and engineering of load-bearing materials, including studies into the nature of a material’s physical properties based upon its microstructure and operating environment. Awards are presented during the Structural Materials Division luncheon at the TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition. Scholarship recipients are known as SMD Scholars. 

Congratulations to William Huddleston and Kevin Pachuta, 2nd and 3rd place poster awards at the ACerS-EMA conference

William Huddleston and Kevin Pachuta received 2nd and 3rd place awards, respectively, out of 43 posters at the 8th Electronic Materials and Applications Meeting (EMA) organized by the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) in Orlando (Jan 18-20, 2017). Will's work was on "Processing and Performance of Sintered Intercalaction Oxide Cathodes for All-Solid State Structural Lithium Ion Batteries" and Kevin's work was on "Characterization of Solution-Based Exfoliation of Two-dimensional Oxide Nanosheets". Both Will and Kevin are a part of the Electroceramics Group at the department. EMA 2017 is an international conference focused on electroceramic materials and their applications in electronic, electromechanical, magnetic, dielectric and optical components, devices and systems. It is jointly programmed by ACerS’ Electronics and Basic Science divisions.

Prof. Sehirlioglu appointed an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Ceramic Society

Warren E. Rupp Asst. Prof. Alp Sehirlioglu has been appointed an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Ceramic Society (JACerS). JACerS is ranked #2 in the Materials Science-Ceramics category and has been providing scientists, engineers, and students with critically assessed, original research for nearly 100 years. Topics cover a broad range including: Glass science, crystal chemistry, microscopy and microstructure, bioceramic science, powder processing and colloidal science. 

Prof. Carter named the 2016 ASM Bradley Stoughton Young Teacher

Prof. Jennifer L.W. Carter, will receive this year’s award “for dedicated and effective instruction and mentoring of students at various stages of their educational experience in addition to impacting undergraduate engineering education.” This award, accompanied by $3000, was established in 1952 in memory of an outstanding teacher in metallurgy and dean of engineering who was president of ASM in 1942. The award recognizes young teachers of materials science, materials engineering, and design and processing, by rewarding them for their ability to impart knowledge and enthusiasm to students. The recipient must be 35 years of age or younger by May 15 of the year in which the award is made.