News: MSE

Cameron Gorsak awarded Department of Defense fellowship

Cameron Gorsak, a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering, has been awarded a 2023 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. Gorsak is advised by Assistant Research Professor Hari Nair. The DoD NDSEG Fellowship Program aims to “propel these talented individuals to the forefront of many discoveries and innovations relevant to the DoD, promote the growth of scientists/engineers within relevant DoD research disciplines, and support DoD science, engineering, and technology innovations now and in the future.” “My research focuses on optimizing the metal... Read more

JFK Award winner to mentor girls of color in STEM

Natalia Urbas ’23 received this year’s Class of 1964 John F. Kennedy Memorial Award. She will use the $15,000 award funding to support underrepresented minorities interested in pursuing careers in research and technology. Read more

MSE to honor Bill LaFontaine with Distinguished Alumni Award

By: Eric Laine

The Cornell Department of Materials Science and Engineering is proud to honor William “Bill” LaFontaine, Ph.D. ’90 with the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award, in recognition of his outstanding career as a leader in industry. As General Manager for IP and Vice President for Research Business Development at IBM, Bill played a key role in bringing new technologies to market and driving translational research efforts. Bill was a member of the MSE Advisory Council for nearly 20 years and continues to serve on the Cornell Engineering College Council. The award will be presented at the annual Gala... Read more

Lara Estroff elected Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry

By: Cornell Engineering

The Cornell University Board of Trustees have elected Lara A. Estroff to be the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry, effective April 1, 2023. Endowed chairs are the highest faculty honor at Cornell. Estroff has served as the chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering since 2020. Prior to joining the department in 2005, she received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, earned her Ph.D. from Yale University, and was an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow in Prof. George M. Whiteside's laboratory at Harvard University. At Cornell, Estroff served as the... Read more