MSE Undergraduate News

MSE Open House, October 25
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering invites SEAS freshmen and other interested students to an open house on Wednesday, October 25 at 5:30pm in the LRSM Reading Room to explore the curriculum and meet with current students and faculty. Professor Vanessa Chan will give a presentation on "Materials Science and Engineering Today: From iPhones to Medical Devices to Building Materials in Developing Countries."

MSE Society Alumni Career Panel, October 27
The MSE Society will hold a career panel featuring recent MSE alumni on navigating career paths after graduation on Friday, October 27 at 4:00pm in Towne 337. Come out and learn about their experiences and enjoy food from Pattaya!

MSE Society Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Social
The MSE Society will sponsor an ice cream social on Friday, September 8 at 4:00pm on the front patio of the LRSM Building. Come and mingle with new and returning MSE undergraduates! To learn more about the MSE Society, click here.

Dean’s Scholar Jaron Ma, C’17, on his wide horizons as a VIPER student
From watching forces interact at the atomic level to using satellite images for ecology research, Jaron Ma, C’17, has seen it all as a VIPER student. The Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research, known as VIPER, was created for students interested in solving the world’s energy problems. The dual-degree program is jointly run by Penn Arts and Sciences and Penn Engineering and Applied Science. It’s designed to get students quickly involved in exploring energy research, as well as prepare them to introduce their ideas to the outside world. Read the full story here.


Justin Qian, VIPER Class of '19, Receives NACE-Philadelphia Section Award
MSE and VIPER sophomore Justin Qian recently received the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Philadelphia Section award. For more information about Justin and his research at Penn, see this description. For details about NACE/Philadelphia, click here.

MSE Senior Design Presentation and Poster Session

Graduating seniors presented their senior design projects in the Glandt Forum on April 21, 2017.This year's presentations were as follows:
$350 vs Greenhouse: Mesoporous Carbon Film with Integrated Platinum Nanoparticles for Catalysis
2DSC: Electronic Transport in Semiconducting 2D MoS2 Junctions
EmJaLy: Humidity-Actuated Panels for Active Architecture
LuminoPore: Three-Dimensional Light-Emitting Diode Based on Nanoporous Scaffolding
Nano is Small: Fabrication of Silver Nanowire-based Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diodes
Green QD: Containing Quantum Dot Cytotoxicity Using Organic Shells
Fly & Dry Athletics: Investigating Athletic Applications of Hydrophobic Coatings
Congratulations to our seniors and award winners!
William R. Graham Materials Science and Engineering Senior Design Award:
1st Prize:  Jaron X Ma, Lyle C Wistar, Emily M Zinselmeier  
2nd Prize:  Daniel B Durham, Steven A Schwartz, James A. Townley   
3rd prize:   
Sebastien C Naji

Undergraduates and Faculty Share Friday Afternoon Doughnuts
The MSE Society organized an informal event for undergraduate students and faculty on a sunny Friday afternoon in February! Thanks to everyone that stopped by. It was a relaxed and delicious event!




Jaron Ma Receives a 2017 Dean's Scholar Award in SAS
Jaron Ma (Earth and Environmental Science & Materials Science and Engineering) is a senior in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER). He has been conducting research in the laboratory Prof. Robert Carpick (SEAS) and worked with Senior Lecturer Jane Dmochowski (SAS). With Prof. Carpick, Jaron had used has used atomic force microscopy to explore the tribological properties of industrial lubricant additives at the nanoscale.

Penn Arts and Sciences named 20 students from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, and the Graduate Division as Dean’s Scholars. This honor is presented annually to students who exhibit exceptional academic performance and intellectual promise. The 2017 Dean’s Scholars were formally recognized as part of the Levin Family Dean’s Forum on February 23.


Penn MSE Students Participate in Philly Materials Day
MSE Undergrads participate in Philly Materials Day, February 4, 2017. Philly Materials Day focuses on hands-on activities for all ages and special small group workshops geared to kids ages 10 to 17 where participants will work on teams exploring how specific materials impact their world.


2017 Y-Prize Winners
MSE student Brandon Kao '18 was among the winning team Visiplate in the 2017 Y-Prize competition. Visiplate seeks to usenanoscale plates as part ofa treatment for open angle glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. Each year, the Mack Institute, Penn Engineering, Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship, and the Penn Center for Innovation come together for the invention competition known as the Y-Prize. The Y-Prize starts with the technologies and challenges entrants to find commercial applications they are particularly suited for. Read the full story here.