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‘Spring into materials science and engineering’ seminar series

The Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering is proud to announce its spring 2020 seminar series. Seminars are free and open to the public, and occur at 10:30 a.m. most Fridays in Ruch Engineering Building, Room 110. This spring, speakers will cover a wide range of topics including quantum dot lasers, soft robotics for heart monitoring, the new and exciting class of MXene materials, life after graduate school and much more.

Materials science and engineering is a transdisciplinary field that explores the fundamental science of materials and their applications to meet global challenges such as renewable energy, personalized healthcare and clean water, among others. Materials are central to the world which surrounds us – everything is made of some material, and innovation often requires new materials discoveries.

Speakers include: professor Eric Pop of Stanford University, one of the world’s most highly cited researchers as rated by Web of Science; professor Christine Ortiz, former dean of graduate studies at MIT; professor James Coleman, a member of the National Academy of Engineers and the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Photonics at the University of Texas at Arlington; and professor Yury Gogotsi of Drexell University – part of the team that discovered a new family of two-dimensional (2D) carbides and nitrides, MXenes.

In addition, Boise State alumna Nikki Kucza (MS, materials science and engineering, ’15) will provide her perspectives on life after graduation and her role in industrial research at General Electric.

Boise State employees wishing to connect with speakers may send inquiries to associate professor David Estrada,, cc: Laurel Millard,