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Rachel Segalman receives the 2015 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award

February 19th, 2015

Professor Rachel Segalman has been selected for the 2015 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award. This award recognizes significant innovation and achievement in polymer science for researchers under the age of 40. She will be recognized at the ACS Fall Meeting. Great news for Rachel and for UCSB! ...Read More

Tresa Pollock Honored with Acta Materialia Symposium at TMS 2015

January 22nd, 2015

Professor Tresa Pollock receives prestigious Acta Materialia award and will be honored at a special symposium as part of the TMS 2015 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. She will deliver the presentation, “Design of New Co-base Alloy Single Crystals: The Impact of an MGI Approach.” Hear their presentations during the Acta Materialia Symposium: Honoring 2015 Award Recipients Tresa Pollock and David Embury on Wednesday afternoon, March 18, at TMS2015 in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. ...Read More

Robert McMeeking Named Tony Evans Chair in Structural Materials

January 8th, 2015

Robert McMeeking, Professor of Materials and of Mechanical Engineering, has been appointed inaugural recipient of the Tony Evans Chair in Structural Materials. McMeeking’s appointment recognizes his outstanding achievements in mechanics and materials, including nonlinear fracture mechanics, transformation toughening of ceramics, mechanics of composite materials, powder consolidation, and ferroelectric fracture and constitutive modeling. ...Read More

Shuji Nakamura selected for 2015 Charles Draper Prize

January 6th, 2015

Professor Shuji Nakamura has been selected for the 2015 Charles Stark Draper Prize of the National Academy of Engineering. Along with Isamu Akasaki, M. George Craford, Russell Dupuis and Nick Holonyak Jr. the prize is being awarded for “the invention, development, and commercialization of materials and processes for light-emitting diodes (LEDs).” The $500,000 annual award is given to engineers whose accomplishments have significantly benefited society. The prize will be awarded in Washington, DC in February. Please join me in congratulating Shuji for another major award. ...Read More

Ram Seshadri Elected to Fellowship in American Physical Society

December 1st, 2014

Professor Ram Seshadri has been Elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society. The citation which will appear on Ram's Fellowship Certificate will read: "For major contributions to developing structure-composition-property relations in functional inorganic oxides, to the understanding of the role of lone-pair electrons in polar and ferroic behavior, to frustrated magnetism and frustrated ferroics, and to novel phosphors for solid-state lighting." ...Read More

Shuji Nakamura Wins Nobel Prize in Physics

October 6th, 2014

Professor Shuji Nakamura of Materials and ECE has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics. The prize is for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources, and is shared with Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University and Nagoya University, Japan; and Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University. ...Read More

Chris Van de Walle Named Herbert Kroemer Endowed Chair in Materials Science

October 3rd, 2014

Professor Chris Van de Walle has been appointed the inaugural recipient of the Herbert Kroemer Endowed Chair in Materials Science. Van de Walle’s appointment recognizes his outstanding achievements in computational materials science, where he has employed first-principles techniques to model the structure and behavior of wide-band-gap semiconductors, oxides, and hydrogen storage materials. ...Read More

Chris Van de Walle receives the 2015 Functional Materials John Bardeen Award

October 2nd, 2014

Professor Chris Van de Walle has been chosen as recipient of the 2015 Functional Materials John Bardeen Award for outstanding technical leadership in Electronic Materials. Formal presentation will be made at the FMD Council Meeting during the 144th TMS Annual Meeting. ...Read More

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