From the Desk of Dr. Sinnott


Dear Friends and Alumni of MatSE,

One of my favorite quotes is by Henry Rollins: “In winter, I plan and plan. In spring, I move.” This quote is especially applicable to MatSE as we celebrate new achievements and prepare for an exciting move.

We are less than two months away from our move back to the completely renovated Steidle Building, and the extensive planning we have done over the last few months is in the process of being implemented. I for one cannot wait! Not only will we enjoy state-of-the-art research and education space, but also the department staff and many of the faculty who have been occupying temporary space will be more accessible to our students and all that Steidle Buildiing’s centralized location has to offer. We are extremely grateful to MatSE supporters who have enabled the department to equip the researchers and teaching laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment by naming some of the spaces in Steidle Building. If you are interested in finding out more information about naming a space in the new Steidle Building do not hesitate to contact me at or 814-863-3117. 

In addition to preparing to celebrate the move to Steidle, we are celebrating the accomplishments of our faculty and students, including the establishment of 2D Crystal Consortium Materials Innovation Platform (2DCC-MIP) at Penn State.
2DCC-MIP is a National Science Foundation user facility that is focused on the growth, characterization, and simulation of two-dimensional chalcogenide monolayers, surfaces, and interfaces. We look forward to working with many of you on 2DCC-MIP projects over the next five years. I am also pleased to recognize the notable awards and honors received by our faculty and students since the fall. 

Professor Allison Beese was selected to receive the 2016 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award from the 3M Corporation.

Professor Joan Redwing leads the 2D Crystal Consortium, Materials Innovation Platform (2DCC-MIP), focusing on advancing the synthesis of 2D materials. The National Science Foundation awarded $17.8 million over 5 years to Penn State for the national user facility.  Redwing also received a Fulbright Grant for Lecturing Research. 

Professor Susan Trolier-McKinstry was named the Flaschen Professor in Materials Science and Engineering.

Senior Ramya Gurunathan has been selected to receive the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, a highly sought-after program that allows American college students to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics or the sciences at the University of Cambridge. 

I invite you to stop by to see the new Steidle Building anytime you are on campus this fall and join us for the official dedication on September 30. Until then, have a wonderful summer!