The year started with much excitement. A sprinkler pipe in our beautiful rotunda in the very recently renovated Steidle Building froze and burst during an especially severe cold snap over the holiday break. The resulting flood impacted many offices throughout Steidle although (thankfully!) the laboratories were spared. The University responded exceptionally quickly and repairs have been on-going in the months since then. I am happy to report that all but two spaces that are directly under the rotunda are fully mended and we expect all repairs to be complete by this summer.
A Message from Dr. Susan Sinnott
Much more positively, we welcomed Drs. Jon-Paul Maria and Shashank Priya to the MatSE faculty in January. They join Dr. John Mauro, who came to the department at the start of the fall 2017 semester from Corning. Dr. Maria comes to us from North Carolina State University and is an expert in new material discovery, engineering the properties of materials, and developing new advances in materials synthesis and characterization. Dr. Priya, who an associate vice president for research at Penn State, comes to us from Virginia Tech and his research is focused on multifunctional materials, energy, and bio-inspired material systems. I am proud to note that both Jon-Paul and Shashank are returning MatSE alumni and bring the total number of tenured or tenure-track faculty in the department to thirty!
The department continues to benefit from the generous donations of our amazing alumni. These donations have been substantially augmented by Penn State’s attractive 2:1 and 1:1 matching programs for new gifts that are in effect through June 30, 2018. Please find more information at greaterpennstate.psu.edu under the Open Doors tab, Matching Programs.
As always, I look forward to hearing from alumni and friends of MatSE at firstname.lastname@example.org and 814-863-3117. Do not hesitate to drop me a line to share your story or to let me know when you will be in State College; I will be happy to arrange for you to tour the impressive Millennium Science Complex or the newly renovated Steidle Building.
Happy spring everyone!