Student News

Graduation Lunch

May 2016 BS/MS/PhD graduates and their families are invited to the MatSE Graduation Lunch on Sunday, May 15, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Illini Rooms A & B, Illini Union. The lunch buffet will be followed by a short program. Graduates will receive three complimentary tickets. The three tickets includes the ticket for the graduate's lunch. Additional tickets may be purchased for $10 each. Register online by May 6.

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Connor Bailey, Leon Dean (Sottos group), and Shannon Murray (Shoemaker group) received a Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) from the National Science Foundation.
Megan Brooks (Sottos group) received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship from the Department of Defense.
Kaimin Cai (Cheng group) and Eric Epstein (Braun group) were selected to receive a 2016 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship.
Junmin Lee (Kilian group) and Mohit Tuteja (Rockett group) have received the Racheff Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Materials Science and Engineering.
Nicole Johnson (Rockett group) and Yuecheng Zhou (Schroeder group) have been selected as Mavis Future Faculty Fellows in the College of Engineering. The program provides the opportunity for Ph.D. students interested in engineering teaching as a profession to gain experience in research, teaching, and mentoring.
The Senior 100, sponsored by Student Alumni Ambassadors and the U of I Alumni Association, recognizes outstanding seniors for their academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to the University. This year, 6 of the 100 honorees are MatSE undergrads: Connor Bailey, Drew Curtis, Fang Jiunn Ewe, Katharine Mehan, Sean Murray, and Hannah Taylor.

2016-17 award winners

The MatSE Department gave over $152,000 in scholarships at the 2016 awards banquet. Congratulations to all of our students who received scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year

Material Advantage & Keramos Officers

New officers were elected for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Material Advantage
President - Andres Velarde
Vice President - Michael Hu
Treasurer - Devon Papanicolas
EOH Director - Audrey Lee
Service Chair - Sai Komaragiri
Secretary/Webmaster - Jeff Schooler
Social Chair - Heer Majithia
Polymers Rep - Bridgette LaFaye
Ceramics Rep - Rangarajan Thiruvengadam
Electronic Materials Rep - Brendan Eng
Biomaterials Rep - Anisa Nuanes
Metals Rep - Mitchell Schroeder

President - Michael Hu
Vice President - Dustin Reisberg
Treasurer - Devon Papanicolas
Professional Chair - Kyle McKillop
Co-Herald/Secretary - Sam Kaufman
Co-Herald/Webmaster - Elisabeth Lang

MA and Keramos will be holding an end of the year MatSE Undergrad BBQ on Saturday, May 7, at 12:00 p.m. in the Illini Grove at the corner of Lincoln Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave.


A retirement party was held on April 26 for Prof. Angus Rockett, Debbie Kluge, and Prof. Bob Averback.

retirement party
Happy Retirement!