6th Annual Research Symposium

On Friday, August 20th, graduate students, faculty, alumni, and industry partners gathered together for the 6th Annual Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Graduate Research Symposium. Research presentations were given in 3 sessions: “Electronic Phenomena and Devices”, “Soft Matter & Nanostructures” and “Advanced Characterization”. In total 15 graduate students from 11 different research groups gave talks on their current research.  Along with the oral research presentations was an industrial panel with scientists Miki Kunitake -Corning (Cornell MSE Alum 2015) and Steven Baxter - Arkema (Cornell Chemistry Alum 1989), which allowed students to discuss the challenges and benefits of industrial careers. The MSE Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Initiative Team presented an in-depth introduction of the initiative with input form the  community. The JEDI team is jointly led by students and faculty, dedicated to continuously improving Materials Science and Engineering through inclusion and equity and building a community in which diversity and intersectionality is recognized, accommodated and celebrated.   

Poster presenter with 2 observers

Following the formal presentations, the group gathered for a poster session where an additional 16 students presented their work. This more informal setting allowed for exchange of ideas and networking between students and external community members.

This event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors, Sartomer, Arkema, IBM, DOW and Corning.  Nor would it have been possible without the organization efforts of Stephan Sutter, Dana V. Chapman, Rachel Miller, Maya Martirossyan, Joe Casamento, Bennett Cromer, R. Paxton Thedford, Duncan Sutherland and Marissa Porter.

If you would like to sponsor or attend the 2022 Graduate Symposium, please contact Marissa Porter and watch Events for updates.


As the first in-person MSE Graduate Research Symposium since the start of the pandemic, this year's meeting came with its own set of challenges. Thanks to the incredible efforts of everyone involved, from presenters to industry sponsors, the symposium was once again a rewarding day full of research, discussion, and community.

— Dana Champan PhD Candidate, Symposium Organizer

Oral Research Presentations

Electronic Phenomena & Devices

PresenterResearch Group
Yuan YaoRobinson
Matthew BaroneSchlom
Jake SunSchlom
Jon McCandlessJena
Joseph CasamentoJena
Zexuan ZhangJena - Xing

Soft Matter and Nanostructures

PresenterResearch Group
Adithya RangamaniAlabi
Yuming (Robin) HuangOber
Xinyue (Joy) ZhangSilberstein
William TaitWiesner

Advanced Characterization

PresenterResearch Group
Noah SchnitzerKourkoutis
Aileen LuoSinger
Pengtao XuSuntivich
Aine ConnollyThompson
Jacob ErstlingWiesner

Research Poster Presentations

PresenterResearch Group
Bashayer S. AldakkanGiannelis
Hongyi CaiSilbersteing
Bennett CromerXing
Yi Xin HanDonnelly
Rachel LeeWiesner
Nada NaguibWiesner
Ryan PageJena
Quynh SamRobinson
Rachael SkyeDshemuchadse
Kathleen T. SmithJena
Stephan SutterEstroff