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Student News - September 2014

About This Newsletter

This online newsletter for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is designed to communicate items of interest to MatSE students, faculty and staff. You will find announcements about upcoming events, student organizations, individual accomplishments, department news, and job opportunities. Contributions to the newsletter are always welcome! Submissions, due the last week of each month, should be sent to Cindy Brya.

Welcome Students

We are glad you decided to choose MatSE at the University of Illinois! If you have any questions, please drop by the main office, 201 MSEB. In order to get to know you better, we want to post your picture in the second floor hallway of MSEB. If you have not had your picture taken, please drop by room 201 MSEB. We would also be happy to take a new photo if you would like to replace the one currently on display. Freshman pictures will be taken in MSE 182.

Back to School Picnic

All MatSE undergraduates, professors, and staff are invited to our annual fall picnic on Wednesday, September 3, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. under the tent in behind Engineering Hall. We will be serving grilled chicken breast sandwiches, veggie burgers, sides, drinks, and dessert. Free food!! Come and meet your professors and make new friends! RSVP online by September 1 at http://go.illinois.edu/MatSEpicnic

The Grad Student Picnic was held on August 20 at the Illini Groves. Photos from the picnic are available on the MatSE Facebook page.

grad picnic
Department Head David Cahill with new grad students Ella and Yuecheng

Register on I-Link

ALL students should be registered with Engineering Career Services (ECS). The $40 registration fee is being waived, so now is the time to sign up if you have not already done so. Students who are not using I-Link are missing out on internships, co-ops, and full-time opportunities. If you are already on I-Link, make sure you upload a current resume before the career fairs. Register for I-Link today

Career Fairs

Hundreds of companies will be coming to campus in September to recruit engineering students. Engineering Employment EXPO will be September 8-10 from 10:00-4:00 in the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). The ECS Fall 2014 Engineering Career Fair will be September 23-24 from 10:00-3:30 in the ARC. RSVP for the ECS Career Fair in I-Link and view the companies that will be attending. Do your homework and read up on the companies which interest you prior to the career fairs. Good luck!

Welcome new Faculty/Staff

Allison Sutton is the new Business and Finance Coordinator for the MatSE Department. She will be assisting with grant proposals, post-award accounting, and other business office duties. She is from Paxton, IL, and received her degree in finance from Valparaiso University. Allison has been at the University of Illinois since 2007, coming to MatSE from the MRL.

Matt Goodman is a new lecturer in MatSE. A second generation Illini, Matt grew up in Champaign. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in MatSE from Iowa State University and recently completed his Ph.D. in MatSE at the University of Illinois, in the Paul Braun research group. His thesis was titled “Unique Templating of and Applications Enabled Through Mesoporous Colloids.” Matt was a TA for MSE 182/183 at Illinois and taught a MatSE course for education majors at Iowa State. This semester he is teaching MSE 101 and MSE 280 and next semester he will be teaching MSE 280 and MSE 395.

Jessica Krogstad is a new assistant professor in MatSE. She is no stranger to MatSE, having received her bachelor’s degree in MatSE from the University of Illinois in 2007. In 2012 she received her Ph.D. in MatSE from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the MatSE faculty, Jessica worked as a postdoc at Johns Hopkins University. Her husband, Dan, is also an alumnus of both MatSE at Illinois at UC-Santa Barbara and is a research scientist at the Applied Research Institute. This semester Prof. Krogstad is teaching MSE 440, Mechanical Behavior of Metals. The Krogstad research group is interested in the relationships between mechanical properties and microstructure across a variety of length scales and time frames.


Miss Possible co-founders Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves, senior in MatSE, have surpassed their $75,000 crowdfunding goal. The first Miss Possible doll, Marie Curie, will be coming out in January.

The following MatSE instructors ranked as excellent by their students in the spring 2014 semester: Paul Braun, Andy Ferguson, Nate Gabrielson, Angus Rockett, and Ken Schweizer, plus teaching assistants Anna Czerepak, Nicole Jackson, Kaushik Sankar, and Emily Schiavone.

MatSE undergraduate Jay Fleischman has been selected for the 2014 Cargill Global Scholars program. The program provides scholarships and leadership development opportunities to undergraduates from around the world studying in a field relevant to food, agriculture, and risk management. It is a highly selective program, and Jay was the only student chosen from the U of I.

MatSE Merchandise for Sale

Drop by room 201B MSEB or email Cindy Brya to order MatSE apparel for the 2014-15 academic year. Orders will be taken through September 12 and will be ready for pick-up by the end of September. You do not need to pay until your order arrives (cash or check only).

MatSE merchandise
MatSE polo shirts, nanofleece, and soft shell jacket

All clothing items have the MatSE Illinois logo embroidered on them. Polo shirts are 65% polyester/35% cotton and come in navy or orange, men's and women's sizes. Polo shirts are $20 for sizes S-XL and $23 for sizes 2XL/3XL. Nano-Fleece shirts are 1/4 zipped, non-static and non-pill. Soft and lightweight, the nanofleece come in navy, men's and women's sizes, $35 for sizes S-XL, $38 for size 2XL/3XL. New this year: Soft shell jackets come in navy in men's and women's sizes (button-down collar) $45 for S-XL, add $3 more for each extra size or tall sizes. The water-resistant soft shell jackets have an athletic fit, side and right chest zippered pockets, and a fleece lining. Samples of the MatSE apparel will be available at the undergraduate picnic on September 3. Stop by the merchandise table and place your order if you are interested.

Material Advantage news

The first Material Advantage meeting of the semester will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, in room 119 MSEB. All MatSE undergraduates are welcome to attend. Bring your resumes--following the general meeting we will have a resume workshop (just in time for the career fairs!)

Keramos News

Keramos' first general meeting is Wednesday, September 3, 7:00 p.m. in 218 Ceramics. Half of the meeting will be discussing upcoming events, and the other half will be an informational session regarding Keramos in general. Freshman and new MatSE students are especially welcome at this introductory meeting.

Keramos will hold a Welcome Back BBQ on Sunday, September 7, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at the Illini Groves. All MatSE students are welcome.

Seeking images for 2015 MatSE Calendar

calendar image
Image from a past MatSE calendar

Have you taken any weird, interesting, or cool looking images lately while conducting your research? Want to share these awesome images with the rest of the world, but just don't know how? Send your images to the 2015 MATSE Calendar Design Committee, and we'll turn your images into artistic masterpieces for all to marvel at!  

If you would like your work to be part of the 2015 MatSE Calendar please read the following guidelines: 
1. When taking images, please save them in TIFF format. You can try to send jpegs but we cannot promise that they will be high enough resolution for the calendar. 
2. Send your images to matse.calendar.uiuc@gmail.com
3. FOR EACH IMAGE, please include a title, the characterization tool used to take the image, and magnification (we will most likely remove any scale bars from the image). Also, in your email please include your first and last name as you would like it to appear in the calendar.

Here are a few example titles from the 2014 calendar: 
Iron cobalt "nano-cabbage" films grown by CVD on Ta-coated SiO2, 80kX, Scanning Electron Microscope
Sodium silicate "dragon" spun on silicon wafer, 25kX, optical microscope
Leaf-like topography on surface of polymer printed waveguide, 1kX, Atomic Force Microscope

Note, although we need the titles to be relatively short, please try to avoid using acronyms (like CVD) and instead try to include the full string of words if it is not too long. In cases where the titles are too long we may have to alter them slightly to make them fit. We will be collecting images until roughly mid-October. You can send as many images and emails as you want until then, so if you happen to take a cool image a few weeks from now, just send it to matse.calendar.uiuc@gmail.com. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns please contact Eric Epstein (esepste2@illinois.edu) or Andy Long (awlong2@illinois.edu). Looking forward to seeing some awesome images!

Using the MatSE Computer Lab

Undergraduate and graduate students in the MatSE Department are welcome to use the computer lab in room 322 Ceramics. To enter the lab you must have your I-card. If you are registered in MatSE but are unable to access room 322, bring your I-card to the MatSE Business Office, 221 MSEB. Note: The MatSE computer lab is not available on Mondays/Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Setting a password for use in the MatSE Student Computer Lab (322 Ceramics):
On the lab computers, you will log in using your Active Directory password. To set or reset any UI password, go here: https://passwords.cites.uiuc.edu/index.html. You will need to know your netID and netID password to access this site. If you do not know your netID password, follow these instructions: http://www.cites.illinois.edu/passwords/forgotnetid.html

Once you log in to the password site with your netID and password, you will see a list of passwords that can be changed on the site. Click ONLY the “Campus Active Directory (AD) Password” box, and type a password into the New Password and Verify boxes, following the instructions under “Major Password Rules”. Then click Set Passwords. You will use your NetID and this new password to log on to the lab computers.

In the lab, if the screensaver is active or the screen is blank, press a key or move the mouse to “wake up” the monitor. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del, then enter your netID and Active Directory password. You should also see a "log on to" box. Select UOFI for this portion. If this box is not showing, press "Options".

If you have any problems with the lab computers or printers, contact ews@illinois.edu or call EWS support at 217-265-8161.

Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellowship

Sandia National Laboratories is seeking applicants for the President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering. Candidates must meet the following requirements: U.S. citizenship, the ability to obtain a DOE "Q" clearance; and a Ph.D. (3.5 undergraduate and 3.7 graduate GPA preferred), awarded within the past three years at the time of application, or completed Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment. Candidates must be seeking their first national laboratory appointment (pre postdoc internships excluded). The Truman Fellowship is a three-year appointment normally beginning on October 1. The salary is $111,200 plus benefits and additional funding for the chosen proposal. The deadline is November 1. More information

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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.