With a focus in one of the most rapidly evolving academic disciplines, Rensselaer’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering is home to nearly 150 undergraduate students and 60 graduate students. Research within the field meets an ever-increasing demand for solid materials from the designers of jet engines and rocket boosters, microelectronic devices, optical components, medical prostheses, and many other products. The principles that govern the processing and structure of materials to produce optimum properties and performance are embodied in the materials engineering curriculum.
The Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, totalling $450,000 for three years will support Prof. Jian Shi's group to study “Nanoscale Pyroelectric Hybrid Materials Undergoing Structural Phase Transition”.
The Journal of Applied Physics announced that the paper “Electron mean free path in elemental metals” by Prof. Daniel Gall from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at RPI is one of the most read papers in 2016.
Edmund F. Palermo, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Materials Research Biomaterials Program. He will use the five-year, $539,177 award to study “Biomimetic Macromolecules at the Materials-Microbe Interface.”