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In Memoriam: Dr. Amiya Mukherjee

In his five-decade career, Mukherjee single-handedly founded the materials science program at UC Davis, became an internationally-recognized leader in metallurgy, mechanical creep and nanoceramics and inspired generations of students and colleagues through his teaching, mentorship and friendship.

MSE Celebrates the Career of Professor Sangtae Kim

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering celebrates the career of Professor Sangtae Kim, who retired in June 2021. In 17 years at UC Davis, Kim established himself as an expert in electrochemistry and thermodynamics in research and teaching, a tough but patient mentor and a friend and colleague who cared deeply about the success of his students.

Student Spotlight: Ethan Suwandi

One of materials science and engineering major Ethan Suwandi’s favorite things to do is “nerd out” about materials with his friends, classmates and professors at UC Davis.

“It’s very cathartic, at least for me,” he said. “Materials is a niche topic that you can’t discuss with many people, so I think all of us would take the chance to say, ‘look at this cool thing I found’ or ‘look at this cool thing I’m researching and let me tell you all about the mechanisms behind it!’”

Student Spotlight: Griffin Hart

Recent materials science and engineering graduate Griffin Hart ’21 used UC Davis to try college a second time and was able to make the most of his experience.

Hart started college at Humboldt State University, but didn’t know what he wanted to do. This made him feel unmotivated and that was reflected in his grades, so he moved home and enrolled in community college. He became interested in sustainability and through his calculus, physics and chemistry classes, he began to see how much he could do with math and science.

Unfold: The Science of Superheroes

Professor Ricardo Castro teaches engineering students to think outside the box and to contemplate the unlikely, but not always impossible, real-world applications of materials science based on the powers of superheroes.

M.Eng Student William Moore Receives DOE SULI Award

Recent materials science and engineering (MSE) M.Eng graduate William Moore became an expert in connections as one of this year’s recipients of a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program (SULI) Award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The award encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue STEM Careers by funding 10-week research experiences at one of 17 DOE labs and facilities.

Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Teaching

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at UC Davis invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Teaching in Materials Science and Engineering, to join a department committed to student learning and success. This faculty member will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, particularly the two-course senior design sequence. Additionally, this person will oversee internships and projects for the one-year Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) program, develop industry connections to facilitate the senior design and M.Eng.

Alumni Spotlight: Valerie Gibson ’86, ‘00

Valerie Gibson ’86, ‘00 has forged a successful career in the aerospace industry through her passion and experience with materials science and engineering she acquired at UC Davis.

Gibson is a principal propulsion engineer in the engine group at Blue Origin, a private aerospace manufacturing company founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The company is a leader in the private spaceflight industry and made headlines in summer 2021 with its first crewed suborbital flight.

Professor Sangtae Kim and the Linear Diffusion Model

Research Impact

Optimizing the performance of electrolytes used in alternative energy technologies such as solid oxide fuel cells, and batteries relies on measuring and understanding the transport of oxide and lithium (Li) ions (O2- and Li+) and/or protons (H+) in ceramic materials.

Assistant Professor Opportunity in the Area of Manufacturing of Advanced Materials and their Mechanical Behavior

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Davis invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of Manufacturing of Advanced Materials and their Mechanical Behavior. Candidates for this position should preferably conduct experimental research on cutting-edge metallic systems, their composites, and related subjects. The appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level.

MSE Department and UC Davis MESA Program Host Career Day September 25

Explore STEM Careers, talk to UCD students pursuing STEM majors & visit Materials Science & Engineering Labs!

The UC Davis Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) Program, in collaboration with the UC Davis Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) Department, proudly presents our free Career Day Event. The event will take place on Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the UC Davis campus. 

Part-time Temporary Lecturer Positions in Materials Science and Engineering

Applications are invited for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses in our department should an opening arise in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Davis. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from quarter to quarter, depending on the needs of the department. The department offers BS, MS, MEng, and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in the College of Engineering.

Roopali Kukreja wins DOE Early Career Award

Materials science and engineering assistant professor Roopali Kukreja has received a prestigious Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE early career award, now in their 12th year, recognize and support the research of early-career outstanding scientists and engineers in the U.S. The award provides graduate student support, summer salary and research expenses intended to last five years.

Student Spotlight: Miranda Bell

Fourth-year materials science and engineering (MSE) major Miranda Bell’s experience at UC Davis was defined by a little of everything as she narrowed down her broad interests while learning how the world works.

Student Spotlight: Nicole Shuman

Fourth-year materials science and engineering (MSE) major Nicole Shuman found materials science as a returning college student and is determined to use her knowledge to inspire others through outreach, teaching and mentorship.

Shuman started her career managing a multimillion-dollar big box retail company in the Los Angeles area. After 15 years, she moved to the Sacramento area for a job, but it fell through, and she found herself missing the connections she had and looking for a new opportunity.

MSE Virtual Senior Sendoff June 11

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is hosting a virtual senior send-off to celebrate the class of 2021 on Friday, June 11 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. The senior-send off celebrates the accomplishments and hard work of all of the MSE department’s graduating students as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.

Register to attend

Undergraduate research in Kukreja Lab outlines novel nano-diffraction analysis method

Materials science and engineering (MSE) former undergraduate researcher Joyce Christiansen-Salameh has developed a new way to analyze complex x-ray nano-diffraction datasets using a k-means clustering algorithm. The program iteratively groups data points by clustering pixels with similar intensity within a certain distance on the detector, which makes it easier to find the Bragg peaks that reveal the structure.

Alumni Rewind: 1990 UC Davis Egg Drop Contest

Materials science and engineering alumnus Tim Dyer '90, '93, now the president of Elcon Precision, remembers the UC Davis Egg Drop contest, hosted by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) during National Engineer's Week 1990.

Scott McCormack wins NSF CAREER Award

Materials science and engineering assistant professor Scott McCormack has received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award. The award recognizes young faculty who have the potential to be leaders in their fields as researchers and educators by funding projects that should serve as the foundation for the rest of their careers.

Ricardo Castro and the Science of Superheroes

Materials science and engineering (MSE) professor Ricardo Castro may not be as much of a “mad scientist” as Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he does dare to ask intriguing questions like, “why must Thor’s hammer (Mjölnir) be thought of as a fictional item, unachievable in the real world?”

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Beeman ‘17

Materials science and engineering alumna Emily Beeman ’17 draws on her UC Davis experience every day as she helps keep UC Berkeley’s Marvell Nanofabrication Lab running.