Distinguished Alumni Award

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner:  Dr. Peter Green, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Alumni Peter Green Delivering a talk to an audiencePeter F. Green, Ph.D. ’85, deputy laboratory director for science and technology and the chief research officer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been selected as the 2022 MSE Alumni Award winner.

Green oversees NREL’s science and technology strategy and research portfolio. The lab operates three national centers and 16 research programs – including one for materials science – that published more than 2,160 scientific and technical papers last year. Green, a member of the MSE advisory board, is also responsible for NREL’s university interactions and its postdoctoral fellows program.

Green is a fellow of the Materials Research Society, American Physical Society, American Ceramics Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves on multiple boards and committees, and served as the president of the Materials Research Society in 2006.

He co-organized what is now the Joint Undertaking for an African Materials Institute, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative designed to foster a global community of materials science researchers with programs like SciBridge, which promotes scientific exchanges between the U.S. and Africa.

Past Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

2019

Yonn Rasmussen

Vice President, Technology and Development Group, R&D, Innovation, Commercialization, Xerox Corporation. Dr. Rasmussen received her PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1989.

2018

James Hwang

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Lehigh University. Dr. Hwang received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1978.

2017

Linda Schadler

Vice Provost & Dean of Undergraduate Education, and Russell Sage Professor, Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Schadler received her PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1990. 

2016

Eugene Fitzgerald

Merton C. Flemings-SMA Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Dr. Fitzgerald received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1989.

2015

Don Thomas

Author, Speaker and Former Astronaut with 4 space missions. Dr. Thomas received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering From Cornell in 1982.

2014

Karel Czanderna

President & CEO of Flexsteel Industries. Dr. Czanderna  received her PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1984.

2013

Richard Vaia

Branch Chief of the Nanostructured & Biological Materials Branch at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Dr. Vaia received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1995. 

2011

Sunggi Baik 

President of Pohang University of Science and Technology. Dr. Baik received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1981.

Ronald Black

Chairman & CEO at Rambus. Dr. Black received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1990.

Frederick Schoen

Professor & Executive Vice Chair at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital. Dr. Schoen received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1970.

Frank Shieu

Dean of the College of Engineering at the National Chung Hsing University. Dr. Shieu received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1990.

2010

Donald Morel Jr. 

Chairman & CEO of West Pharmaceutical. Dr. Morel received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1984.

Gregory Galvin

President & CEO of Kionix. Dr. Galvin received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1984.

Harriet Kung

Associate Director of Science for BES with the US Department of Energy. Dr. Kung received her PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University.

Jung-Hyun Oh

President & CEO of SSCP Co. Mr Oh graduated from Cornell with a BS and MS in Materials Science in 1995 and 1996, respectively.  

2008

Fred Keller

Chairman & CEO of Cascade Engineering. Mr Keller graduated from Cornell with a BS in Materials Science & Engineering.

Roger Poeppel

Senior Engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Poeppel received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell in 1968.

Edwin L. (Ned) Thomas

Ernest Dell Butcher Professor of Engineering at Rice University. Dr. Thomas received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University.

Rick Lih-Shyng Tsia

Chairman & CEO of Chugnwa Telecom. Dr. Tsai received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering From Cornell University.