September 2011

September 27, 2011
On September 21st, 2011, the Nanotechnology for Clean Energy IGERT Program and the Institute of Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology (IAMDN) took great pleasure in honoring the memory of Professor John Jun Xu (1964-2009) in conjunction with the Second Annual IGERT Symposium.  For more information click here    

July 2011

July 22, 2011
The All Thermoplastic Composite, I-Beam Design, High-Capacity Bridge System has been selected by an independent judging panel and editors of R&D Magazine as a recipient of a 2011 R&D 100 Award. This highly prestigious national award recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced the past year.  Rutgers MSE polymer scientists and engineers, led by Professor Thomas Nosker and working in the MSE-based Advanced Polymer Center, developed the polymer composite blend used in the design.
July 22, 2011
Cekdar Vakifahmetoglu, a post-doctoral associate working with Professor Richard Riman, has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Davidge award for his review on the "Fabrication and properties of ceramic ID nanostructures from preceramic polymers".  His review is published in Vol. 110, Issue 4 of "Advances in Applied Ceramics."  The award is run by the Editorial Board of Advances in Applied Ceramics and is open to postgraduates worldwide.  In the words of the publisher, Dr.
July 22, 2011
The IEEE-UFFC (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society) has honored Prof. Ahmad Safari by selecting him as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for 2011.  The award will be presented to him in July at the ISAF symposium in Vancouver, Canada.   MSE's heartiest congratulations go out to Prof. Safari!
July 21, 2011
On May 1 of this year at the Engineering Governing Council's Leadership Conference held at Brower Commons, Prof. John Matthewson received a certificate for his having been awarded Teacher of the Year for our department. The Council acknowledged his dedication to his students, noting that it had not been overlooked.  Prof. Matthewson has been at Rutgers since 1991, and continues to inspire his students.  Our congratulations for a well-deserved award go out to him.

May 2011

May 26, 2011
Congratulations to Carlos Bledt, MSE Class '12, who has been awarded a scholarship from SPIE, The International Society for Optics and Photonics. He will be presented with a certificate at one of the upcoming SPIE meetings. Carlos studies with Prof. James Harrington, who heads The Laboratory for the Development of Specialty Fiber Optics, a part of the Materials Science and Engineering Department.  The goal of this research laboratory is the development of specialty fiber optics for the transmission of infrared energy for a variety applications.  
May 18, 2011
Dear Alumni and Friends of the Department, Things are going great for our department, as you will see by reading through our most recent newsletter. The department is enjoying a period of growth and evolution in both research and education.  Click on the link below to read the pdf document. MSE 2010-2011 Newsletter

March 2011

March 21, 2011
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March 2, 2011
The Nanotechnology for Clean Energy IGERT, a joint Rutgers-Princeton graduate program funded by NSF, is now recruiting trainees for the upcoming school year.  Appointments begin September 1, 2011.  Deadline for applications is April 1, 2011.   For more information, click here,  or contact Johanna Bernstein at

October 2010

October 22, 2010
Posted: October 22, 2010 Development at Rutgers University of structural materials from blends of recycled plastics has led to a spinoff company, Axion International, which was awarded one of Newsweek’s Top Ten Big Ideas in the October 18 issue of Newsweek Magazine.