News: MSE

Sprout Awards spring collaborative engineering research

From exploring the mechanics of early-stage bone metastasis to analyzing price formation policies in wholesale electricity markets, Cornell Engineering’s Sprout Awards are funding unique research projects with the potential to grow partnerships across Cornell. Read more

Judy Cha named director of Cornell NanoScale Facility

Cha, whose research focuses on topological and two-dimensional nanomaterials, will lead the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility, a national open-user nanofabrication facility for university-based researchers, industry, and startups. Read more

Katie Jacoby to join MSE as director of administration

By: Ashley Bohn

Katie Jacoby will join the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as director of administration on Oct. 1, 2023. Jacoby joins MSE after having served eight years as the executive director of administration and finance for the Cornell Laboratory of Accelerator-based Sciences and Education and the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source. Her experience at the university’s largest research centers has demonstrated her ability to manage highly complex scientific initiatives, infrastructure, funding sources, scientific user programs, and a large and diverse team of faculty, staff and... Read more

Nicole Benedek promoted to associate professor

By: Ashley Bohn

Nicole Benedek has been approved for promotion to associate professor with indefinite tenure by the Cornell Board of Trustees. Benedek joined Cornell in 2015 and leads the Theory and Simulation of Materials Group, which uses theory and first-principles calculations to advance fundamental understanding and create design rules for new classes of materials that may host new phenomena and properties. She is particularly interested in phenomena for which understanding the out-of-equilibrium crystal structure is key. Recent work includes understanding how to induce extreme changes in material... Read more

Wright awarded pre-doctoral trainee position at Hospital for Special Surgery

By: Ashley Bohn

Quinton Wright, a materials science and engineering Ph.D. student, will perform research at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) as a pre-doctoral trainee within the Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Program (T32). Wright will study diabetic and non-diabetic patients undergoing cementless total knee arthroplasty (TKA), to understand what factors can best predict post-operative complications in TKA procedures. The collaboration between HSS and Cornell Engineering links basic research and clinical orthopedics to clinically relevant research problems... Read more

Mokshin Suri, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, awarded the Knight@KIC Fellowship

Mokshin Suri, a materials science and engineering Ph.D. student working with Professor Tobias Hanrath from the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was recently awarded the 2023‐2024 Knight@KIC Engineering Graduate Fellowship; the fellowship is funded by the Kavli Institute at Cornell (KIC) for Nanoscale Science. Suri received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UT Austin in 2019 before coming to Cornell University to pursue graduate studies. His research interests include quantum dot photovoltaics, nano-bio hybrid photosynthetic systems, and catalysis. Under the Kavli... Read more