Materials Day 2017 Gets High Marks for Hot Topics
This year’s Materials Day program was a departure from previous years. Featuring breakout sessions covering eight “hot topics” in materials, the new format was a clear success, based on survey results and feedback from industry representatives.
The real success will be based on results that stem from the sessions, including white papers, new centers formed, and increased industry-university collaborations, according to MRI Director Clive Randall.
“Our panels included people from national labs, federal agencies, industry, and other universities, as well as our faculty,” he said. “Our industry visitors thought the breakout sessions were worthwhile. Moving the poster session to first thing on the agenda was another popular change, as it gave them time to follow up with faculty.”
A summary of the breakout reports will be provided to all attendees in the next several days.
Clive would like to offer a special thanks to our keynote speaker, Ali Sayer, from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, for taking time to meet with junior faculty and offering helpful advice on working with program managers at federal agencies.
MRI would also like to thank our industry sponsors, Corning, Murata, and ThermoFisher Scientific, and everyone who attended.
Join us next October for Materials Day 2018 when we will build on this year’s program with another series of breakout topics and additional opportunities for industry involvement. Sign up for Materials Day information and manage your MRI communications at mri.psu.edu/opt.