2023 Research Symposium

The 8th Annual Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Research Symposium will take place on Friday, August 18, 2023.

A detailed schedule can be found below.

Our generous sponsors are Corning and DuPont.

Our panel moderators, session chairs, and the organizing committee:

  • Bennett Cromer, Industry Panel Moderator
  • Tobias Schwaigert, Session I Chair
  • Talisi Meyer, Session II Chair
  • Hillary Pan, Session III Chair
  • Jenniffer Bustillos, Session IV Chair
  • Naomi Pieczulewski, Symposium Organizer
  • Rachael Skye, Symposium Organizer
  • Maya Ramesh, Symposium Organizer
  • Hillary Pan, Symposium Organizer
  • Bridget Richardson, Organizing Committee Lead
  • Shelly Caveney, Event Coordinator


8:45 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast - Kimball B11

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Join us for coffee and breakfast before the day's events.

9:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks - Kimball B11

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Join us for opening remarks from the Organizing Committee.

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.: Session I: Electronics and Devices - Kimball B11

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Session I: Electronics & Devices
9:45 a.m.Tobias SchwaigertSchlomGrowth of Commensurately Strained KTaO3 by Suboxide Molecular-Beam Epitaxy
10 a.m.Dylan SotirSchlomAdsorption-Controlled Growth of SrTiO3 by Oxide Molecular-Beam Epitaxy
10:15 a.m.Bennett CromerJena-XingGallium Oxide Power Diodes

10:30 a.m.: Industry Panel - Kimball B11

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  • Bennett Cromer


  • Austin Hickman (Soctera)
  • Sushmit Goyal (Corning)
  • Brian Koo (Arkema)
  • Chieh-Min Cheng (Xerox) 

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Session II Soft Matter & Nanotechnology - Kimball B11

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Session II Soft Matter & Nanotechology
11:30 a.m.Talisi E. MeyerRobinsonScalable Route to Colloidal Sulfide Nanoparticles with Low Disparity
11:45 a.m.Thomas UgrasRobinsonAnomalously Large Chiroptic Response in Self-Assembled Nanocrystal Films
NoonJeremiah JamesYangUnderstanding a Facile Non-Spherical Nanoparticle Synthesis Technique
12:15 p.m.Konrad HedderickEstroffVisualization of Effect of Local Nanoscale Chemistry and Topography on Block-Copolymer-Water Interfacial Structure via 3D-AFM

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch in Snee Hall

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Registrants are invited to attend a catered lunch in the Snee Hall Atrium and 1120 Snee Hall.

1:45 p.m.: JEDI Team - Kimball B11

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Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative

2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Session III Soft Matter & Nanotechnology - Kimball B11

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Session III Soft Matter & Nanotechnology
2 p.m.Hillary PanCAPE CryStALUnraveling the Kinetic Pathways of Solid–Solid Phase Transitions
2:15 p.m.Lilly TsaurWiesnerMulticomponent Membranes from Block Copolymer Self-Assembly
2:30 p.m.Nada NaguibWiesner

Ultrasmall Fluorescent Core-Shell Aluminosilicate Nanoparticles for Light-Induced Endosomal Escape

2:45 p.m.Charlotta LorenzDufresneProtein-based Materials that Sort, Sense, and Swim

3 p.m.: LATTICE Team - Kimball B11

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Cornell MSE Graduate Student Organization

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Session IV Materials Mechanics & Characterization - Kimball B11

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Section IV: Materials Mechanics & Characterization
3:30 p.m.Jenniffer BustillosMoridiGrand Alloying: Engineering Unconventional Microstructures in Additive Manufactured Alloys
3:45 p.m.Qi TangHassaniAdditive Manufacturing of Metals with Supersonic Micron-scale Impacts
4 p.m.Yuan YaoHassaniMechanically Driven High Entropy Alloy
4:15 p.m.Yue ZhaoBakerThe Effect of Nitrogen on the Stability of the β Phase in W Thin Films during Thermal Annealing
4:30 p.m.Ming-Chiang ChangThompsonIn-Loop X-Ray Phase Fraction and Structure Analysis for High-Rate Closed-Loop Autonomous Experimentation
4:45 p.m.Abigail NasonSuntivichDeveloping New Methods for Sustainable Energy Research and Plastic Recycling