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Tresa Pollock receives the Acta Materialia Hollomon Award

July 16th, 2014

Professor Tresa Pollock has been selected to receive the 2015 Acta Materialia Hollomon Award in Materials & Society. The award is in recognition of outstanding contributions to interactions between materials technology and societal interests, and/or contributions to materials technology and science that have had a major impact on society. ...Read More

Robert McMeeking awarded 2014 Timoshenko Medal

May 29th, 2014

Professor Robert M. McMeeking will receive the 2014 Timoshenko Medal of ASME. The citation reads; For pioneering contributions to broad areas of applied mechanics including non-linear fracture mechanics, transformation toughening, mechanics of composites, powder consolidation and ferroelectric fracture and constitutive modeling. The formal presentation of the award will occur in November 2014 at the ASME Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition in Montreal. ...Read More

Galen Stucky receives the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award

May 28th, 2014

Professor Galen Stucky will receive the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. Named after the Crown of Prince of Spain, this is the highest scientific recognition in Spain and one of the most coveted Europeans scientific awards. The prize recognizes research on microporous and mesoporous materials. ...Read More

Fred Wudl receives 2014 Spiers Memorial Award

May 6th, 2014

Professor Fred Wudl has recently been honored for his pioneering work in conducting polymers, novel organic materials and organic photovoltaic devices with the 2014 Spiers Memorial Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry. ...Read More

Frank Zok Elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society

April 22nd, 2014

Professor Frank Zok has been elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society for his distinguished contributions to ceramic matrix composites. Recognition of this achievement will be given at the ACerS Honors and Awards Banquet at the 116th Annual Meeting on Monday, October 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. ...Read More

Ram Seshadri receives Academic Senate Graduate Student Mentor Award

March 31st, 2014

Professor Ram Seshadri will receive the 2014 Academic Senate Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award at the Faculty Legislature meeting on May 8, 2014. Ram has a sustained track record of mentoring students across our graduate program as well as in Chemistry and it is great to see campus-wide recognition for his efforts! ...Read More

Robert McMeeking Elected Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh

March 3rd, 2014

Professor Robert McMeeking has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (The National Academy of Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Commerce in Scotland). New Fellows are elected each year via a rigorous five-stage nomination process. The breadth of the Fellowship, which includes more than 1500 people from Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond, ensures that the RSE can provide leadership and excellence across all areas of public life. ...Read More

Susanne Stemmer Elected MRS Fellow

February 4th, 2014

Professor Stemmer will be recognized at the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco for "Seminal contributions to quantitative scanning transmission electron microscopy, development of new dielectrics, and the science of oxide heterostructures". ...Read More

Larry Coldren to receive 2014 IEEE David Sarnoff Award

January 30th, 2014

Professor Larry Coldren, a leading authority on semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits whose work has shaped the optical communications field and provided key devices for high-capacity lightwave transmission systems, is being honored by IEEE with the 2014 IEEE David Sarnoff Award. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association. The award, sponsored by SRI International Sarnoff, recognizes Coldren for contributions to semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits. ...Read More

Alan Heeger to receive an Honorary Degree from the Univ. of St. Petersburg

January 30th, 2014

Professor Heeger will be awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Academic University from St. Petersburg at the Annual Grand Meeting of the Academic Board in June 2014. ...Read More

Jacob Israelachvili Awarded the 2013 Tribology Gold Medal

January 29th, 2014

The World's Highest Award in Tribology, the Science of Friction and Wear, the Tribology Gold Medal for 2013, has been conferred on Professor Jacob Israelachvili FRS FAA NAE NAS in recognition of his outstanding contribution to tribology, in particular for his understanding of its molecular origins and tribological processes. He is recognized as one of the most outstanding and influential tribologist in the world. ...Read More

Tom Soh Elected Fellow of AIMBE

January 22nd, 2014

Professor Tom Sohs membership as a Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) is a result of his important contributions to biomedical engineering. His induction of the Class of 2014 will occur on Monday, March 24th, at the National Academy of Sciences. ...Read More

Robert McMeeking receives the 2014 Prager Medal

January 7th, 2014

We are pleased to inform you that the Society of Engineering Science (SES) has selected Prof. Robert M. McMeeking to receive the Prager Medal at the 51st Annual Technical Meeting of SES to be held at Purdue University, October 1-3, 2014. Following the tradition of SES, a symposium has been organized in honor of Prof. McMeeking. The symposium will consist of invited presentations that include, but are not limited to, the major areas where Prof. McMeeking has contributed significantly such as finite deformation computational mechanics and the constitutive characterization of advanced structural and functional materials, including fracture and deformation of ceramics, composite materials, ferroelectrics, and the mechanics of adhesion and cells. ...Read More

Steven DenBaars named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

December 17th, 2013

UC Santa Barbara engineering Professors Samir Mitragotri and Steven DenBaars have been named to the rank of Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Recognized for their “highly prolific spirit of innovation,” Mitragotri and DenBaars can be credited with more than 220 issued and pending U.S. patents in total. Their research in biotechnology and energy efficiency have been commercialized and developed into products by companies around the world. ...Read More

Glenn Fredrickson and Gene Lucas Elected AAAS Fellows

December 6th, 2013

Profs. Glenn Fredrickson and Gene Lucas have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. ...Read More

Carlos Levi selected for the 2014 TMS Morris Cohen Award

November 22nd, 2013

This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the science and/or technology of materials properties with lasting impact on the development of the discipline. This society level award includes a life membership to TMS. A hearty congratulations to Carlos on a well-deserved honor! ...Read More

Chris G. Van de Walle Honored with AVS Welch Award

October 29th, 2013

Professor Chris G. Van de Walle has been awarded the 2013 AVS Medard W. Welch Award, the premier honor given by AVS, the Science and Technology society. Van de Walle will receive the award at the AVS 60th International Symposium and Conference next week in Long Beach, California. ...Read More

Bob Odette receives the 2014 TMS Structural Materials Distinguished Scientist Award

September 23rd, 2013

Please join me in congratulating Professor Bob Odette who has received the 2014 TMS Structural Materials Distinguished Scientist Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made a long lasting contribution to the fundamental understanding of microstructure, properties, and performance of structural materials for industrial applications. Bobs contributions will be recognized in JOM in an upcoming issue. Congratulations Bob! ...Read More

Galen Stucky Elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society

September 23rd, 2013

Professor Galen D. Stucky has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Stucky was chosen for his development of powerful synthesis paradigms for the assembly of organic/inorganic composite, multifunctional systems using block copolymers to create highly defined, patterned domains on nano- to macro-length scales. ...Read More

Matt Begley receives Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award

July 16th, 2013

Matthew Begley, professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials at UC Santa Barbara, has been chosen as one of three recipients for the 2013 Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award. The award is given for “an outstanding performance in applied research.” “I was absolutely delighted to hear that he has been elected the recipient of the Humboldt Foundation’s Fraunhofer Bessel Research Award,” UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang said, of Begley’s award. “This is a wonderful and prestigious recognition of his research achievements, including his research in the areas of 3D printing and bio-inspired materials, multi-layered materials and adhesion, and dynamic microfluidics.” Begley joined UCSB’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2010, after a stint at the University of Virginia from 2001 to 20 ...Read More

Ram Seshadri receives 2013 Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Award

June 1st, 2013

Congratulations to Professor Ram Seshadri for receiving the 2013 Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Award! The annual Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Award recognizes university staff and/or faculty who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the general growth and development of students and the quality of student life. ...Read More

John Bowers receives UCSB Facultys Top Honor

May 8th, 2013

John Bowers, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials at UC Santa Barbara, has been named Faculty Research Lecturer for 2013. ...Read More

Galen Stucky Elected to NAS

April 30th, 2013

I am very pleased to let you know that this morning Professor Galen Stucky was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The award was given for his broad and deep contributions to chemistry and materials science. It is additionally satisfying that he receive this award, given his Department of Defense award for combat casualty care that he received in 2008. This the 150th anniversary of the NAS, which was founded by Lincoln during the Civil War, and the organization is celebrating 150 years of service to the nation. For those of us here at UCSB, we have also seen the very positive impact of his collaborations with other researchers all over our campus. Please join us in congratulating our newest member of the NAS, Galen Stucky. ...Read More

Chris Van de Walle receives AVS Medard Welch Award

April 30th, 2013

Please join me in congratulating Professor Chris Van de Walle for receiving the AVS Medard Welch award, the AVS society’s highest award. His citation reads "For seminal contributions to the theory of heterojunctions and its applications to semiconductor technology, and for elucidating the role of hydrogen in electronic materials." ...Read More

Craig Hawker appointed Director of the California NanoSystems Institute

April 1st, 2013

I am pleased to announce that Prof. Craig Hawker, FRS, has agreed to become the Scientific Director of the California Nanosystems Institute, effective April 1, 2013, replacing Prof. David Awschalom who has left UC Santa Barbara for a position at the University of Chicago. ...Read More