Agenda Details

Tuesday, November 10

 

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Living Materials Keynote: Tailor-made Surfaces for the Generation of Novel Bioinspired Metamaterials - from Biochips to Hairy Surfaces
The vision of the Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) is to combine the best of two worlds – nature and technology. livMatS develops novel, bioinspired materials systems, which adapt autonomously to their environment and harvest clean energy from it.

Speaker: Jürgen Rühe, Director of Microsystems Engineering and the founding director of the Freiburg Institutre for Advanced Studies
View Jürgen Rühe's Bio ⇒


9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
NSF Program Keynote: Advanced Manufactruing Program & the NSF-DFG Collaboration in Advanced Manufacturing
CMMI Division’s Advanced Manufacturing (AM) program is an amalgam of previous manufacturing research programs that explored nanomanufacturing, additive or subtractive manufacturing, manufacturing machines or materials engineering or cybermanufacturing. The AM program seeks new ideas in, across and outside these domain areas. It encourages interdisciplinary proposals that bring manufacturing to new application areas, and that incorporate challenges and approaches outside the customary manufacturing portfolio to broaden the impact of America’s advanced manufacturing research.  Recognizing the importance of international collaborations in promoting scientific discoveries, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the German Research Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on research cooperation. The MoU provides an overarching framework to enhance opporunities for collaborative activities between U.S. and German research communities and sets out the principles by which jointly supported activities might be developed.

Speaker: Dr. Khershed P. Cooper, NSF Program Director for Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation
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10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Flash Talks Q&A Session A: Virtual version of a Poster Session
Topics:
Materials Characterization
Computer Simulation and Modeling

Presenters will have pre-recorded their talks and links to these talks will open Friday, November 6 at 8:00 a.m. and remain available through the end of the conference.  Independently browse through each research-themed areas at your leisure between Friday, November 6 and the time this session begins. 
Presenters will be available during this time to answer questions live.

 

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Session – Smart Buildings & 5G 

Session Moderator: José P. Duarte
Prof. of Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University  

Nature possess mechanisms to evolve living beings in a way to best adapt them to their environments. Smart buildings dwell on this idea. Buildings are designed and operated in a way that optimizes their performance from a multitude of viewpoints, to consume the least amount of energy and material resources, while guaranteeing high performance standards. In this invited session, we will showcase new technologies that enable buildings to sense and respond to changes in use and environmental conditions and adapt accordingly. 

Session Speakers

  • Thomas Speck, Professor, Botany: Functional Morphology and Biomimetics, Institute for Biology II, and Director of the Botanic Garden, University of Freiburg
  • Rebecca Napolitano, Assistant Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Tarun Chawla, REMCOM (Industry speaker)
  • Juan Pablo Gevaudan, Affiliate Professor of Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Session - Biodevices for infection prevention, detection, and treatment 

Session Moderator:  Mary Frecker
Prof. of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering, Riess Chair in Engineering The Pennsylvania State University  

With the emergence of COVID 19, the need for devices and materials to detect and eradicate harmful infection-causing pathogens is greater than ever.  The Center for Biodevices aims to help address this need through its collaborative research efforts.  In this session, we bring together Penn State researchers from Medicine and Engineering, as well as the medical device industry, to discuss Biodevices for infection prevention, detection, and treatment.  Participants will have the opportunity to connect with potential collaborators and discuss possible research project topics. 

Session Speakers:

  • David Han, M.D., Prof. of Surgery, Radiology, and Engineering Design:  David's Bio ⇒
  • Joel Bartholomew, Associate Director of Product Development, B Braun Medical:  Joel's Bio ⇒
  • Raj Kothapalli, Assistant Prof. of Biomedical Engineering:  Raj's Bio ⇒

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Virtual Tours: For anyone

Join the staff from the Millennium Science Complex for virtual tours of MRI Facilities.  Staff from the Materials Characterization Laboratory, the Nanofabrication Laboratory, and the 2-Dimensional Crystal Consortium will be on hand to show you the facilities via use of 3D camera technology.  The tours will be customized based on who is in attendance, and you can ask questions about any parts of the facilities or about how to access the facilities via our simple Academic Research Service Order (ARSO) process.

 

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
MRSEC-Hosted Industry Career Information Session: For Graduate Students

Hear from a panel of industry recruiting specialists who will tell you about the industrial job search process.  There will be tips on where to look for jobs, what some of the terminology means, and what recruiters may be looking for in a resume as compared to an academic CV.  Ask questions of company representatives on topics of your choice during two post-panel breakout sessions.  There may even be a virtual job board with a specific focus on advanced degree graduates in the materials field.

 

1:30 p.m.
Industry-Hosted Breakout Rooms
This session is meant to introduce PSU faculty to companies with research interests that parallel yours and may be an opportunity to discuss research collaborations, or general research topics of interest.  Specific companies will host the different rooms, and we will send PSU faculty attendees out to the individual breakout rooms.  A list of participating companies will be available about 2 weeks prior to the event.

 

Wednesday, November 11

 

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Living Materials: Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems (LiMC2)

Established in July 2019, this strategic research and education partnership between Penn State and the University of Freiburg in Germany will advance the development of a new class of engineered living materials with potential applications in sustainable infrastructure, new robotics technologies, electronics, medical care and more.

Speaker: Zoubeida Ounaies, Prof. of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems (LiMC2) at the Pennsylvania State University. 

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9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Flash Talks Q&A Session B: Virtual version of a Poster Session
Topics:
Convergence of Materials & Life Sciences
Electronic/Photonic Materials and Devices
Humanitarian

Presenters will have pre-recorded their talks and links to these talks will open Friday, November 6 at 8:00 a.m. and remain available through the end of the conference.  Independently browse through each research-themed areas at your leisure between Friday, November 6 and the time this session begins. 
Presenters will be available during this time to answer questions live.

 

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Flash Talks Q&A Session C: Virtual version of a Poster Session
Topics:
Nanomaterials and Nano- and Microfabrication
Materials Processing and Manufacturing
Biomaterials and Medical Devices

Presenters will have pre-recorded their talks and links to these talks will open Friday, November 6 at 8:00 a.m. and remain available through the end of the conference.  Independently browse through each research-themed areas at your leisure between Friday, November 6 and the time this session begins. 
Presenters will be available during this time to answer questions live.

 

 

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Session - Living Biomaterials: Directed Synthesis and Application to Sensing and Diagnostics 

Session Moderator:  Tak-Sing Wong
Associate Prof. and the inaugural holder of Wormley Family Early Career Professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University:  Tak-Sing's Bio ⇒ 

Nature has provided intricate blueprints for the design of highly functional engineered materials. In particular, sensing and self-assembly are among two hallmark features of all living biomaterials. Incorporating these hallmark characteristics into functional synthetic materials and devices could enable high impact medical and industrial applications. In this invited session, we will showcase a number of novel biologically inspired materials and devices, ranging from squid-inspired self-healing biomaterials to cell-mimicking optical devices to DNA molecular diagnostics to pathogen detection.

Session Speakers:

  • Lauren Zarzar, Assistant Prof. of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University:  Lauren's Bio ⇒
  • Manching Ku, Group Leader, Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, Medical Center - University of Freiburg:  Manching's Bio ⇒
  • Melik Demirel, Huck Chair in Biomimetic Materials; Pearce Professor of Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University:  Melik's Bio ⇒
  • Pak Kin Wong, Prof. of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Surgery, The Pennsylvania State University:  Pak Kin's Bio ⇒

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Session - Additive Manufacturing of Metals and Electronic Materials

Session Chair: Mike Hickner
Prof. of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University:  Mike's Bio ⇒

This breakout session will cover key aspects of sensing, machines, materials, and processing techniques in the additive manufacture of metals and electronic materials.  We have a great slate of speakers that will discuss their research, review outstanding literature reports, and highlight key techniques that deal with these important areas of additive manufacturing.  Each presentation will consist of a 10-15 min talk with additional time for audience Q&A with the speaker panel.  We are hoping for an interactive dialog on additive manufacturing and will look to identify new directions and new partnerships in this meeting. 

Session Speakers:

  • Allison Beese, Associate Prof. of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University:  Allison's Bio ⇒
    “Role of Phases and Defects on Performance of Additively Manufactured Metal”
  • Abdalla Nassar, Head of Process Physics, Analytics, and Engineering, Penn State ARL:  Abdalla's Bio ⇒
    "Mimicking Conditions for Flaw Formation in Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing"
  • Jay Keist, Assistant Research Professor, Applied Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University:  Jay's Bio ⇒
    “Printed Electronics: Technologies and Applications”
  • Michael Newton, nScryptMichael's Bio ⇒
    "Multi Material Printing Through Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM)"

12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Live Presentation: State of the Materials Research Institute  
Clive Randall
Prof. of Materials Science and Engineering, Director of the Materials Research Institute

Join us for a recap of annual activities at the Materials Research Institute, presented by the MRI Director, Clive Randall.  Clive will review some of the highlights from the 2019/20 academic year.  He will announce the winners of the prestigious Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.  And he will talk about new faculty and new research programs in materials science that we will hear about in the years to come.

View Clive Randall's Full Bio ⇒


1:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Student Recruitment Breakout Rooms
Opportunities for graduating seniors to virtually meet with various PSU materials related departments and faculty to discuss joining our ranks in Fall 2021 as an incoming graduate student.  Note that this session is new to Materials Day, and we hope that we will have graduating college students from all over the world joining us to find out if the fit is right for you to become part of the Penn State family.  We are!

 

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