Students, faculty and researchers in the department are fortunate to have access to a variety of endowed lectures and on-campus visits from materials scientists at the top of their fields. Many of these special events also serve to honor Materials Science and Engineering alumni who served the department, University and entire materials community with great honor.
David Ford McFarland Award
The David Ford McFarland Award for Achievement in Metallurgy was established in 1948 by the Penn State Chapter of the American Society for Metals (now ASM International) to honor graduates who have honorably distinguished themselves in some field of metallurgy. The award was named in honor of David Ford McFarland, Ph.D.—former professor and department head.
“The Critical Role of Materials in Global Decarbonization"
William Woodford, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and CTO, Form Energy
*This lecture was rescheduled from Spring 2020 due to COVID-19.
Nelson W. Taylor Lecture in Materials
The Nelson W. Taylor Lecture Series in Materials Science and Engineering honors the memory of Professor Nelson W. Taylor (1869 - 1965) who was head of Penn State’s Department of Ceramics from 1933-1943.
“Regenerative Engineering: The Future of Tissue Regeneration”
Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
University Professor, Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering, Director, The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences Director, Institute for Regenerative Engineering Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Connecticut
Richard E. Tressler Lectures in Materials
The Richard E. Tressler Lectures in Materials honors the very important work of Professor Richard E. Tressler who was head of Penn State's Department of Materials Science and Engineering from 1991-2001.