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Student News - April 2014

MatSE Awards Banquet

The MatSE Student and Alumni Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, April 11, in the Chancellor Ballroom at the I Hotel and Conference Center. There will be a social hour with a cash bar from 6:00-7:00; dinner will be served at 7:00; and the awards ceremony will begin at 8:00. Tickets are $10 for UIUC students and $15 for faculty/staff/non-UIUC guests. Purchase your ticket from Cindy Brya in room 201B MSEB by April 7. Please bring a check or exact change and let her know your choice of entree: Herb-Crusted Salmon, New York Strip Au Poivre with Cognac Cream, or Roasted Vegetable Ravioli with Herbed Cream Sauce.


The MatSE at Illinois graduate program is ranked #2 in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report in its 2015 edition of the Best Grad Schools. Go Illinois!

Prof. Nancy Sottos will receive the 2014 Drucker Eminent Faculty Award from the College of Engineering. The Drucker Award recognizes engineering faculty who have received national or international acclaim for dedication to academic excellence through teaching and research and have made exemplary contributions to the understanding of their fields.

Prof. Moonsub Shim will receive the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering.

Canan Dagdeviren (Rogers Group), Richard Wilson (Cahill Group), and Qian Yin (Cheng Group) received Racheff-Intel Awards.

Zhelong Jiang (Shoemaker Group) won a Yee Fellowship from the College of Engineering.

The following instructors were ranked as excellent for the Fall 2013 semester: John Abelson, Pascal Bellon, Paul Braun, Andy Ferguson, Nate Gabrielson, Matt Sherburne and Yu Hao (Howard) Liu (TA).


Thanks to all the students for their hard work during this year's Engineering Open House. The MSEB hallway was packed with visitors. What a great opportunity to showcase Materials Science and Engineering at Illinois! For more EOH photos, go to the MatSE Facebook album.


Graduation Lunch

May 2014 BS/MS/PhD graduates and their families are invited to the MatSE Graduation Lunch on Sunday, May 18, 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. Tickets must be paid for in advance. Make check payable to "University of Illinois." No refunds will be given for no shows. Register online by May 9.

Material Advantage Compression Competition

Sample testing for the Material Advantage Compression Competition took place on March 11 using the 3 million pound press in Talbot. This unique design competition between Iowa State University, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign challenges each team to produce a sample that will fail as close to 2,500,000 lb without going over 2,500,000 lb. The final test will take place on April 18-19 to determine the team with the best sample. 

MA competition
Testing the sample in the 3M lb testing machine

Material Advantage NEws

Material Advantage 2014-2015 Officer Board Elections are fast approaching!  Are you a dedicated student that would like to get involved in your department?  Consider applying for a position in MA (http://ma.matse.illinois.edu/). Contact Stephanie (nemec2@illinois.edu) to apply and attend the April meeting on Monday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. to vote for your favorite candidates. Location to be announced.

The Student-Faculty Auction raised $825 for Material Advantage. Thank you to the students, professors, and staff who bid on items or donated items for this year's auction!

Keramos News

Pig out with Keramos! Come out to the Ceramics Basement on Thursday, April 3, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. We will be painting pigs for the professor nominations and pigging out on snacks! Contact Melinda for details: mtom2@illinois.edu.

Herald Opening: Have an inner person that feels artsy?  Do you want to help out in the Mug Drop Competition at MS&T?  Want to help make ceramic pigs for a professor you love?  Contact Mike Sarantos (saranto2@illinois.edu) for more information.

Keramos on Facebook: Keramos is rebuilding our Facebook group! Click here to join and get updates for upcoming events!

Study Hours: Please fill out this survey so we can set up study hours at Grainger!


President: Mike Sarantos
Vice President: Ann Choi
Treasurer: Elizabth Fedonina
Social Chair: Maxwell Li
Professional Chair: Winnie Yang
Secretary: Zoey Sowinski

CUBE Consulting Info Session

Looking to apply what you learn in your classes to real-life engineering projects for businesses? Look no further! CUBE Consulting is a technical student-led consulting organization focused on providing you with opportunities to connect classroom knowledge with the business world. CUBE Consulting: Junior Enterprise also provides you with leadership and soft skills development and international networking opportunities as the first Junior Enterprise in the United States. If you're interested, please attend the info session on Thursday, April 3, at 6:00 p.m. in room 106B6 Engineering Hall or email cubeuiuc@gmail.com.

Engineering Convergence - Urbana

Engineering Student Alumni Ambassadors is holding Engineering Convergence-Urbana on Wednesday, April 10, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in room 1000 MNTL. There will be a networking discussion centered on engineering innovation at U of I, followed by keynote presentations by entrepreneurs in the field. This is a chance for students and alumni within the engineering community to build strong connections and gain insight into the world of entrepreneurship and innovation. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with some of the best engineering talent around!

Summer REU

The Center for Resource Recovery & Recycling (CR3) at the Metals Processing Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (CSM) invite applications from qualified undergraduate students in Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Processing and Materials Science programs in US Universities to fill two (one each at WPI and CSM) 2014 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate [REU] positions, funded by the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program of the National Science Foundation. The selected students will work on a 10-week internship program starting on June 2 and ending on August 8, 2014. Students will have the opportunity to gain valuable research experience while working on projects related to recycling and recovery of structural and functional materials from secondary waste resources. Students will acquire valuable engineering and scientific skills. Students will be expected to perform in the research laboratories for 8 hours each day and will be paid a stipend of $500 per week. REU Students will be responsible for their travel and living expenses and will be expected to carry the required health insurance. Interested students are requested to apply via email with a current curriculum vitae and full contact details by April 15 to:
For WPI: Dr. Diran Apelian, Director, CR3, WPI: dapelian@wpi.edu; Tel: [508] 831-5592
For CSM: Dr. Brajendra Mishra, Co-Director, CR3, CSM, bmishra@mines.edu; Tel: [303] 273-3893

Sandia National Lab Interviews

Sandia National Laboratories will be on campus April 10-11 recruiting MatSE Ph.D. students. Geoff Brennecka, an alumnus of the MatSE Department, will host an information session on Thursday, April 10, and interview students for postdocs and full-time positions on Friday, April 11. U.S. citizenship is required for all permanent positions, but there is some flexibility for post-docs. If you are interested in an interview, please email a copy of your resume to Cindy Brya by Friday, April 4. In your email, indicate which time(s), if any, that you are not available to interview on April 11. The Sandia info session will be held from 6:00-7:30 in room 4101 MSEB on Thursday, April 10. Papa Del's will be served.

Data Incubator

The Data Incubator is an intensive six-week bootcamp that prepares postdocs and PhDs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. It identifies fellows who already have the 90% difficult-to-learn skills and equips them with the last 10%: the tools and technology stack that make them self-sufficient, strong, productive contributors. The program is free and housing support is available. The program will be from June 9-July 18 in New York City. http://www.thedataincubator.com/?ref=v5d5b7d

BEST Symposium

The 8th annual BEST Symposium, hosted by The Dow Chemical Company, will be held in Midland, MI, on September 15-17, 2014. BEST (Building Engineering and Science Talent) introduces doctoral and post-doctoral scientists from U.S. ethnic minority groups (Hispanic, African American or Native American) to the wide range of rewarding careers in industrial research, particularly the many opportunities available with Dow. If you qualify, apply for the conference online at www.dow.com/BEST. Applications are due by June 20.

MatSE Jobs

Cindy Brya emails the undergrad and grad student listserves with job opportunities or internships for MatSE students. If you miss an email or accidentally delete a job posting in which you're interested, go to http://go.illinois.edu/matse_jobs. On the site, you will find current and previous job postings which Cindy has sent to students.