Blacksmithing has been a part of Course III activities since MIT began; the MIT Alumni Association interviews Mike Tarkanian about how blacksmithing is incorporated into the Course III undergrad curriculum.
Frederick McGarry, Professor Emeritus of Polymer Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) and the Department of Civil Engineering, died March 27, 2013 after a long illness. He was 86. Professor McGarry was associated with MIT for 52 years. He first came to MIT as a student in a joint undergraduate degree program with Middlebury College. In 1950, he earned the A.B.
Wired magazine has a story about research in the ISN, "The breakthrough came a few years ago when the team, led by MIT materials-science professor Yoel Fink, demonstrated that they could fabricate fibers made out of a 'multiplicity of materials,' Fink tells Danger Room, instead of the single-material glass fibers that make up fiberoptic cable.
Isaac "Ike" Feitler (a DMSE alum) recently joined the Department as a Technical Instructor. Ike will assist in laboratory teaching and management of several of our shared facilities and lab spaces. Ike will assume some of the duties previously handled by Matt Humbert, who will be leaving DMSE as an employee to become a DMSE graduate student. We thank Matt for his two years of hard work, and welcome Ike back into the DMSE community.
Mike Vasquez, 2008, M.Eng. 2009, and his colleagues have authored “Materials and Technology in Sports,” a study of materials innovations’ impact on sports; the paper’s publication in Nature Materials (doi:10.1038/nmat3382).
Dr. Regina Valluzzi, SB 1989, is both a polymers scientist and an artist. Her art incorporates elements of materials science (including equations and molecular models) as well as using principles of optics and refraction.
One of her paintings, Density of States, is currently on view in 6-103. She hopes it will be the first of a series of loaned paintings that will foster a dialogue between artists and materials scientists. Please make a point of stopping by to see the painting.
Srikanth Patala, Ph.D. 2011, received the James Clerk Maxwell Young Writers Prize for “The Topology of Homophase Misorientation Spaces,” published in Philosophical Magazine and co-authored by Prof. Chris Schuh. Dr. Patala was interviewed about the paper.