January 2023
From the Chair
Dear Alumni and Friends of the Department,

With the new year comes a time to reflect on the past and to welcome exciting new opportunities. In this newsletter, you’ll find some of the amazing research discoveries and accomplishments made by our faculty and students in 2022. Looking forward, a multi-million dollar building project will expand Thurston Hall, and we are excited to introduce new faculty members that have come to us from some of the world’s top engineering institutions.

Featured News

A multi-million dollar building project will expand Thurston Hall, providing laboratory, teaching and meeting spaces for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, while giving the south end of the Engineering Quad a modern new look. Take a look at the project and see how it will change the dynamics of how faculty and students interact, and read more about it in the Cornell Chronicle.

Five new faculty faces are gracing the halls, classrooms, and laboratories of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

They are making surgery safer, enabling clean biofuels, and helping to search for powerful new superconducting materials – all as undergraduate students.

Three alumni share their career paths and how Cornell MSE inspired their journeys.

After Laura Nowicki was diagnosed with breast cancer, her and her family's interest in MSE cancer research became more personal.

MSE adjunct professor Lisa Thompson is retiring after seven years of instructing students and preparing them for a future in science.
Research Briefs
Awards and honors
Baker, Dufresne, Madsen elected fellows of scientific societies

Several faculty members earned fellowships at prestigious scientific societies this year, growing the list of MSE professors receiving high honors from some of the world's most respected science and engineering organizations. Shefford Baker, associate professor, was elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society. Eric Dufresne, visiting professor who will join MSE as a professor in July, was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. And Lynnette Madsen, NSF program director and a visiting scholar and professor, has been elected a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Visit the MSE Awards and Honors webpage to read about faculty and students earning prestigious fellowships, publishing books, launching startups, and being featured in national news outlets, among other achievements.
Giving Opportunities
There are many ways to support MSE students and researchers. Please visit our giving opportunities website and consider a gift that will help us remain a top materials science and engineering department.
We want to hear from you!
We love hearing from our alumni and welcome your comments and questions, as well as updates on what your doing with your MSE degree. We're always looking for interesting alumni to profile in future editions of the newsletter. Email us at [email protected].