IMAGINE Summer 2021 Newsletter

Summer 2021

Krystal York, external user of 2DCC from Western Michigan, working with Tom McKnight, Penn State MatSE grad student, on the 2DCC Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition system. IMAGE Penn State 

Penn State facility enables development of new ultra-thin materials for advanced electronics
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a renewal of funding for the Materials Innovation Platform (MIP) national user facility at Penn State’s Materials Research Institute (MRI), the Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium (2DCC). The 2DCC is one of four MIPs in the United States and was awarded $20.1 million over five years, an increase of 13% above the initial award in 2016. Read more
Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering and materials science and engineering, has taken on a new role as the associate head for diversity, equity, and inclusion in MatSE. Read more
Amy Robinson, associate teaching professor, has been appointed associate head for undergraduate education in MatSE. Robinson starts her new role July 1.
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has a rich history dating back more than a century, from its original focus on mining engineering, to today's interdisciplinary focus on earth, energy, and materials sciences and engineering. The college was formed in 1896, and we are celebrating the college’s 125th anniversary with ongoing programming throughout the year. Read more



As we come to the end of an academic year like no other in modern memory, I am reminded of this quote from Colin Powell, “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
MatSE faculty and staff have remained perpetually optimistic as they worked hard all year to ensure that MatSE students received a meaningful educational experience despite the constraints put in place to keep everyone safe from the global pandemic. You can read about the ways in which these efforts were recognized with awards and accolades from the department, college, and University in this newsletter. Read more
Katina Posney, an administrative support coordinator in MatSE, is the recipient of this year’s Staff Leadership Award, which goes to a staff member who inspires performance and supports those around them. Recognizing the natural gifts of their team members, they develop colleagues and seek ways to improve methods and practices for the betterment of their unit, the college and the University. Read more
The Penn State and materials research communities are mourning the loss of Della M. Roy, emeritus professor of materials science and a founding member of the Penn State Materials Research Laboratory (MRL), now the Materials Research Institute (MRI). Della died on March 27 at age 94. Read more

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students
Two MatSE doctoral students were award recipients during the annual Graduate Student Recognition Ceremony. Katelyn Kirchner received the Penn State Alumni Association Scholarship for Penn State Alumni in the Graduate School. Anushka Bansal received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal. Read more
MatSE professors John Mauro and Joshua Robinson were two of six Penn State faculty members that have received 2021 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement.
The additive manufacturing and design (AMD) program at Penn State has named Allison Beese, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering, as its next director. Read more
For as long as he can remember, John Hellmann was interested in science. He excelled in chemistry, physics and other fields but he was most drawn to fields that could be applied to solving real-world problems. Read more
Titilayo Shodiya, Ph.D., '10 was one 16 recipients selected to receive the Alumni Achievement Award from the Penn State Alumni Association. The award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments.
Shodiya was also selected to deliver the commencement address for the joint spring commencement ceremony for the College of Arts and Architecture, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Nursing and Eberly College of Science. Read more
Elizabeth “Libby” Kupp received the 2021 MatSE Alumna of the Year Award during the annual MatSE awards presentation. Kupp is an associate teaching professor who earned a bachelor of science in ceramic science and a doctor of philosophy in materials science and engineering, both from Penn State. Read more
John Hellmann received the 2021 MatSE Alumnus of the Year Award during the annual MatSE awards presentation. He earned his bachelors of science and doctor of philosophy in ceramic science, both from Penn State.  Read more
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Wilson Awards
Award recipients from MatSE
Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching 
Ismaila Dabo, Associate Professor
Paul F. Robertson Award for EMS Research Breakthrough of the Year
Long-Qing Chen, Donald W. Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, professor of engineering science and mechanics, and Mathematics
Wilson Research Initiation Grant
Wesley Reinhart Assistant Professor
Wilson Award for Outstanding Service Roman Engel-Herbert, associate professor and Jon-Paul Maria, professor
Gladys Snyder Junior Faculty Grants Maria Higgins, assistant teaching professor and André J. van der Vlies, assistant research professor
Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award
Yang Liu
Catherine Lyons Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion
Graduate Student Award
Ama Agyapong, doctoral student
Faculty Mentoring Award 
Suzanne Mohney, professor
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