Living Materials Keynote Speaker
Director of the Department of Microsystems Engineering and the founding director of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
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.
Jürgen Rühe studied chemistry at the universities of Münster and Mainz and graduated in 1989 with a thesis on electrically conducting polymers at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P). After a postdoctoral stay at the IBM research laboratories in San Jose, CA, where he studied ultrathin layers for the improvement of tribological properties of computer hard disks, he returned to Germany and in 1991 started to work as “Liebig” fellow of the Association of the Chemical Industries (VCI) at the University of Bayreuth in the area of polymers at interfaces. He rejoined in 1995 the MPI-P as an associate professor (C3) and in October 1999 he accepted a full professor position as the chair for chemistry and physics of interfaces at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg.
He has been visiting scientist at Cambrigde (UK), Stanford University, RIKEN (Japan), Georgia Tech and UCSB. He is a recipient of the DECHMA award, the award for chemistry at the Academy of Sciences Göttingen and has been a Liebig and Kekulè Fellow of the VCI. He was vice-president of the University of Freiburg for international relations and technology transfer 2008-2014 and is currently Executive Director of the Freiburg Institute on interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT) and spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence livMats. Additionally, he is responsible for the Freiburg part of the LimC2 – the convergence center between PSU and Freiburg.
NSF Keynote Speaker
Dr. Khershed P. Cooper
NSF Program Director for Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation
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.
Dr. Khershed P. Cooper is a Program Director (PD) for the Advanced Manufacturing (AM) program in the CMMI Division of the Engineering Directorate at NSF. He directs basic research activities in advanced manufacturing, particularly, nanomanufacturing, and associated Manufacturing USA and NSF-DFG collaborations. He is a disciplinary PD for the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) and a co-PD for Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS), Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) 2020, Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) and National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) programs. He is an NSF representative for NSTC's Nano Science Engineering and Technology (NSET) Sub-committee, which frames the NNI Strategic Plan. Prior to joining NSF, he was a Program Officer for Manufacturing Science at ONR and, concurrently, a Senior Research Metallurgist at NRL. He received his MS and PhD from University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has nearly 200 invited talks, 70 contributed presentations, 150 publications, one book and one patent and has sponsored international studies, symposia and workshops in various areas of advanced manufacturing. He is a Fellow of SME and ASM International and a recipient of ASM International’s Burgess Memorial Award.
Smart Buildings & 5G
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 Moderator José Duarte
José Pinto Duarte is the Stuckeman Chair in Design Innovation and director of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing (SCDC). An accomplished scholar with a record of innovative leadership, Duarte guides the ongoing research and direction of the SCDC.
After obtaining his doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Duarte returned to Portugal where he helped launch groundbreaking, technology-oriented architecture degrees and programs at two different universities, as well as a digital prototyping and fabrication lab. Most recently, he served as dean of the Technical University of Lisbon School of Architecture.
Session Speaker Juan Pablo Gevaudan, Ph.D., Affiliate Professor of Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University.
Juan Pablo Gevaudan (JP) is a modern cement chemist with expertise in the development and durability of both conventional and alternative cementitious materials. He completed a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Later he received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the recipient of more than 12 honors and awards as well as the 2019-2021 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. He is redefining the durability of modern concrete materials as the lead principal investigator of the Responsive and Adaptive Infrastructure Materials (Re-AIM) Laboratory. The mission of the Re-AIM laboratory is to utilize modern cement chemistry and multi-disciplinary collaboration to ‘reaim’ current concrete specification paradigms. By doing so the sought innovation can develop sustainable, responsive, adaptive materials and tools to better design, mitigate, predict the service life of urban assets for infrastructure designers, owners, and operators.
Session Speaker Thomas Speck, Plant Biomechanics Group & Botanic Garden, Cluster of Excellence livMatS @ FIT, and Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF), University of Freiburg
Thomas Speck studied biology at the University of Freiburg (PhD 1990) and received 1996 the venia legendi for botany & biophysics. After a visiting professorship at the University of Vienna he was offered professorships at the Humboldt-University in Berlin and at the University of Freiburg where was from 2002 until 2006 Associate Professor for ‘Botany’ and Director of the Botanic Garden of the University of Freiburg. After declining the offer of a full professorship and the directorship in general of the Botanic Garden at the Freie University Berlin he became in 2006 Full Professor for ‘Botany: Functional Morphology and Biomimetics’ in Freiburg. He is speaker of the Baden-Württemberg Competence Network Biomimetics, member of the board of directors of the Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT), and a spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence "Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS)". His research focuses on the development of bioinspired material systems and products as well as on the evolution of functionally important plant structures and on mechanical aspects of plant-animal interactions. He received several scientific awards, is (co-)editor of several scientific books and journals and has published more than 300 scientific articles in peer reviewed Journals & Books.
Session Speaker Rebecca Napolitano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering
Rebecca Napolitano is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University. Rebecca’s research focus is at the intersection of civil engineering, computer science, and historic preservation as it pertains to diagnostics and monitoring of existing infrastructure. Her group studies how physics-based modeling and cyber-physical systems can help integrate existing structures into smart, sustainable cities. Her current research initiatives include the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for infrastructure inspection, the fusion of nondestructive evaluation for multi-modal documentation, and finite-distinct element modeling for simulating system interactions. As an NSF Graduate Fellow, she received her PhD in Civil Engineering from Princeton University in 2020. Additionally, she received her bachelor’s in physics and Classical Languages at Connecticut College in 2015.
Session Speaker Tarun Chawla, Technical Manager at Remcom, Inc.
Tarun Chawla directs technical and R&D interactions with Fortune 500 companies in the fields of RF, microwaves, millimeter waves, antennas, and EM propagation modeling. He has over 10 years of experience in software, hardware, product ownership and business development. He has aided customers in designs of wireless devices namely mobile phones, smart speakers and VR/AR hardware. He is passionate for finding solutions to RF and EM challenges by solving them using computational electromagnetics. He strives to build partnerships with academia, industry and research institutions.
Tarun earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Memphis. He has worked in various roles at Remcom Inc, an EM simulation software company since 2009.
Session Speake: Gregory Huff, Associate Professor, Penn State, Department of Electrical Engineering
Gregory Huff (S'03–M’07–SM’11) majored in Electrical Engineering (BS'00-MS'03-PhD'06) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the faculty at Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Electrical Engineering in 2018 after serving on the faculty at Texas A&M University from 2006-2018. Prof. Huff apprenticed professionally and was promoted to the rank of Chef de Cuisine prior to his academic career. He is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) through the Department of Defense, NSF CAREER award, and other awards for teaching and research including the IEEE AP-S H. A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award and the IEEE AP-S Donald G. Dudley, Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Breakout Session - Biodevices for infection prevention, detection, and treatment
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 Moderator Mary Frecker
Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Penn State, has been named the Riess Chair in the College of Engineering.
The position was funded by Leighton Riess, a 1944 chemical engineering graduate, to recruit and support a senior faculty member in the biological or biomedical areas of engineering.
In tandem with earning the Riess Chair, Frecker will lead the newly approved Center for Biodevices, a collaborative unit aimed at initiating and supporting research in the area and facilitating impactful collaborations among the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, Eberly College of Science, College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
Session Speaker Joel Bartholomew
Joel Bartholomew, associate Director Product Development for B. Braun Medical Inc. Joel is responsible for the development and launch of new disposable medical devices. In over 30 years of R&D experience he has managed Contract Manufacturing, Innovation, and Product Development engineering departments. Joel holds 25 patents. He is the acting President of the Penn State Learning Factory Industry Advisory Board sharing his experience with academia and student teams. Joel earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State.
Session Speaker David Han, M.D., Prof. of Surgery, Radiology, and Engineering Design
David Han; Professor of Surgery, Radiology, and Engineering Design. Dr. Han graduated with honors from Penn State, and received his doctor of medicine from Harvard Medical School in 1992. He then completed a residency and fellowship at Emory University and a fellowship in vascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic. After returning to Penn State in 2002, Dr. Han completed a masters degree in Health Evaluation Sciences, and has served the College of Medicine in several official capacities, including the Admissions Committee, the Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education, the Graduate Medical Education Committee, Vice Chair for Educational Affairs of the Department of Surgery, as well as Program Director of the Fellowship in Vascular Surgery and the Residency in General Surgery. He is currently a member of the Penn State Board of Trustees. Dr. Han has served as the local Principal Investigator for over 25 national and international clinical trials. His research in the areas of surgical education and the learning environment have been funded by multiple agencies including the National Institutes of Health.
Session Speaker Raj Kothapalli, Assistant Prof. of Biomedical Engineering
Raj Kothapalli, earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2009. His postdoctoral work at Stanford was focused on the development and translation of molecular imaging technologies for cancer detection. Dr.Kothapalli served as an Instructor in the Department of Radiology at Stanford from 2015 to 2016. Since January 2017, he is serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Penn State Cancer Institute of the Pennsylvania State University. His BioPhotonics+Ultrasound imaging lab at Penn State focused on developing novel biomedical imaging and sensing devices using optical, ultrasound, radiofrequency, and photoacoustic technologies. In 2014, Dr.Kothapalli received NIH Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Health.
Day 2 A.M. Session
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.
Zoubeida Ounaies is a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems (LiMC2) at the Pennsylvania State University. She joined Penn State in January 2011 as an Associate Professor with the Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professorship in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to that, she was an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Material Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University (2005-2010), where she was the inaugural holder of the Aldridge Career Development Professorship. She also held an Assistant Professor position at the Virginia Commonwealth University (2001-2004) and was a Senior Research Scientist at The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Langley Research Center (1997-2000). Her research focuses on the discovery and development of responsive polymer-based materials with unique combinations of mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and coupled properties for applications in energy storage, conversion and harvesting. She is associate editor of the Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, chair of SPIE Smart Materials and Structures/Non-Destructive Evaluation Conference, and a fellow of ASME and SPIE.
Breakout Session - Living Biomaterials: Directed Synthesis and Application to Sensing and Diagnostics
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 Moderator Tak-Sing Wong
Dr. Tak-Sing Wong is currently Associate Professor and the inaugural holder of Wormley Family Early Career Professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Wong conducted his postdoctoral research at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University from 2010 - 2012 (with Prof. Joanna Aizenberg). He received his Ph.D. degree in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UCLA in 2009 (with Prof. Chih-Ming Ho), following his B.Eng. degree in Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Dr. Wong's research focuses on micro/nanoengineering, interfacial phenomena, and biologically inspired engineering with applications in materials science, water, health, and energy. His research has collectively led to a total of 40 granted and pending US and international patents, as well as >30 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Sustainability, Nature Communications, Science Advances, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS). Seven of these papers are listed as top 1% highly cited papers in his field according to ISI Web of Science.
Session Speaker Lauren Zarzar
Lauren Zarzar, associate Prof. Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University
Lauren earned a BA in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University, and completed postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined PSU as an assistant professor in 2016. Her research expertise is in microscale active materials, including both on the dynamics of responsive soft materials (emulsions, polymer gels) and on microscale patterning of materials using laser writing. Recently, her group has been focused on understanding the motion and interaction of liquid droplets, how to harness reconfigurable liquid interfaces for optics, and development of microscale sensors and catalysts. Many of the research directions take inspiration form living systems and biological organisms.
Session Speaker Manching Ku
Manching Ku, Group Leader, Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, Medical Center - University of Freiburg
Manching obtained her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts. She completed her Ph.D in Biochemistry at Tufts University under the guidance of Prof. Akiko Hata, studying transcriptional regulations in TGF-beta/BMP pathways. She received her postdoctoral training at the Mass. General Hospital and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in the laboratory of Prof. Bradley Bernstein. During her time at the Broad Institute, in addition to spear-heading one of the first epigenomic studies that defined chromatin states in stem cells, she also established the experimental pipelines for the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) and Reference Epigenome Mapping Center (REMC) consortia. After establishing and directing the Next-generation Sequencing Core at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, she is currently a group leader at the University of Freiburg. She uses next-gen sequencing methodologies to investigate transcriptional and epigenetic heterogeneity in stem cells and hematology. She also co-directs the Clinical Reference and Diagnostics Laboratory for pediatric cancer and blood disorders.
Session Speaker Melik Demirel
Melik Demirel, Lloyd and Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in Biomimetic Materials, is a scientist and innovator with expertise in biotechnology, nanotechnology and materials science. His research is well known for the ground-breaking work on biomimetic materials, which is currently funded by DoD (DARPA, AFOSR, and ARO) programs.
He is the co-founder of Tandem Repeat Technologies, www.tandemrepeat.com that creates smart textiles from sustainable sources. He joined the College of Engineering at Penn State University as the Pearce Development Assistant Professor in Fall 2003, following completion of the B.S./M.S. degrees in Engineering at Bogazici University (1996/98) and Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (2002) and a one-year appointment as a post-doctoral scientist in the Materials Science Division (MST-8) and Theoretical Division (T-1) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was granted early tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2008, received early promotion to the rank of Full Professor in 2013, and then received Huck endowed chair position in 2018. Currently, he is also serving as the multi-disciplinary center director of CRAFT (Center for Research on Advanced Fiber Technologies). He is also an elected senior member of National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He have published over 130 articles in refereed journals with 5170+ citation, 10 cover pages, and h-index of 34 including high impact publications (Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, PNAS, Nature Biotechnology, Physical Review Letters), conference proceedings and 20 patents. His work received numerous national and international awards, and educated over 50+ students in the last decade during his tenure at Penn State.
Session Speaker Pak Kin Wong
Pak Kin Wong, Prof. of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Surgery, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Pak Kin Wong is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Surgery at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Wong's research focuses on biomimetic devices and single cell biosensors for infectious diseases diagnostics and personalized medicine. He has published 100 peer-reviewed journal articles in the area of nanotechnology and biomedical engineering and is an inventor of four patents. He is an editor of Scientific Reports, IEEE Transaction on Nanotechnology, IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine, and SLAS Technology. Among other honors, Dr. Wong received the NIH Director's New Innovator Award in 2010, Arizona Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2011, AAFSAA outstanding Faculty Award in 2013, and JALA 10 – A Top 10 Breakthrough in Innovation in 2015. Dr. Wong is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS).
Breakout Session - Additive Manufacturing of Electronic Materials and Metals
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 Moderator Mike Hickner
Mike Hickner received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). In graduate school he worked under the direction of James E. McGrath and also spent time at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Before joining Penn State as an Assistant Professor in 2007, he was a postdoc and subsequently became a staff member at Sandia National Laboratories. Professor Hickner’s research and teaching interests include all aspects of polymeric materials, polymer micro- and nano-structure, transport characterization, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and new materials for energy applications.
Research in the Hickner group probes the connection between the molecular identity, nanophase structure, and the resulting transport properties in polymeric materials. Our activities are motivated by application-specific needs that drive fundamental investigations into new materials chemistry and demand incisive measurements of the structure and transport properties of novel materials. We characterize technologically important materials and synthesize model materials systems to probe specific structural and property questions.
Session Speaker Allison Beese
Allison M. Beese, associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
Allison received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. After undergrad, she worked at Lockheed Martin’s Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in NY as an engineer. She then entered graduate school at MIT, where she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. She spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. She joined Penn State as an Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering in 2013. Her group focuses on experimentally identifying, and computationally modeling, links among processing, microstructure, and mechanical behavior of materials, with an emphasis on large deformation and fracture.
Session Speaker Abdalla Nassar
Dr. Abdalla R. Nassar, associate Research Professor, Applied Research Lab, The Pennsylvania State University
Abdalla is an associate research professor and a department head within the Materials Science Division of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State. Dr. Nassar also has Graduate Faculty appointments with the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, the Additive Manufacturing & Design Graduate Program, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. He has severed as principle investor on numerous programs on laser processing, powder bed fusion, and directed energy additive manufacturing (AM) and was awarded the 2020 International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award.
Session Speaker Jay Keist
Jay Keist, assistant Research Professor, Applied Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University
Jay received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS Materials Science and Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. After his MS, he gained five years of industrial experience in metal processing and forming of magnesium and aluminum alloys. Jay returned to academia and completed his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. His PhD work centered on in-situ characterization of printed electronics for energy storage applications. After completing his PhD, Jay joined the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State and his research focuses on quantifying the processing-structure-property relationships for additively manufactured components in both metal and ceramic materials.
Session Speaker Michael Newton
C. Mike Newton, Director, Electronic Packaging, nScrypt, Inc.
Mike has 30+ years’ experience in the areas of advanced microelectronics and microsystems technologies. He has built and managed a number of fabrication and research labs serving both commercial and government markets. Currently as nScrypt’s Director of Electronic Packaging, Mike is developing total solutions in micro-dispensing and direct digital manufacturing for the electronic packaging market. Mr. Newton also serves as Strategic Technology and Transition Director with Sciperio, nScrypt’s parent company, leading strategic technology pursuits into the DoD, National Labs and DARPA. He currently has over 50 patents in advanced electronic packaging technologies.
Mr. Newton’s interest includes serving as the Charter Organization Rep for Troop 37 and various K-12 educational and vocational outreach opportunities focused on STEAM.
Sesson: State of MRI
Clive A. Randall is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Director of Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. He was Director for the Center for Dielectric Studies between 1997 and 2013, and in 2013 formed a new Center as Co-Director, the Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics, for which he still serves as Technical Advisor. Prof. Randall received a B.Sc. with Honors in Physics in 1983 from the University of East Anglia, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from the University of Essex in 1987, both in the United Kingdom. He has authored/co-authored over 450 technical papers, with over 24,000 citations and an h-factor of 82. He also holds 13 patents (with 1 pending) in the field of electroceramics. Prof. Randall’s research interests are in the area of discovery and compositional design of functional materials for electrical energy transduction and storage, defect chemistry and crystal chemistry and their impact on phase transition behavior, electromechanical devices based upon electrostriction and piezoelectrics, supercapacitors, thermoelectrics, and microwave materials. He has used a variety of different processing and characterization methods that have impacted manufacturing and development processes for materials, particularly in the capacitor industry. Randall’s most recent achievement has been the introduction of a new technique, termed Cold Sintering Process, which enables the densification of many materials at temperatures between 100°C to 250°C. These temperatures enable co-sintering of ceramic materials with thermoplastic materials to develop unique composites and new functionalities.
His research group has been supported from a number of different sources, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S.-Israel Binational Scientific Foundation, NASA, and substantial funding from the private sector. Prof. Randall was honored with the American Ceramic Society Fulrath Award in 2002; the Wilson Research Award from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State University, in 2003; he spent one year (2004–2005) as a Visiting Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, U.K.; he was elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 2005 and Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics in 2006; in 2007, he and his colleagues received the R&D 100 Award for their Integrated Fiber Alignment Package (IFAP); he received the Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award in 2008; in 2009, he received the University Scholar Award (Engineering) from Penn State University; he received the Japanese FMA International Award; he gave the Friedberg Lecture at the American Ceramic Society, both in 2011; in 2013, he received, along with his student, the Edward C. Henry Best Paper of the Year from the American Ceramics Society Electronics Division; he received the IEEE UFFC-S Ferroelectrics Recognition Award (2014); and he received the Electroceramic Bridge Building Award at the 17th US-Japan Seminar on Dielectric and Piezoelectric Ceramics (2015). He received the Robertson Breakthrough of the Year Award from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (2017), and he was made an honorary Fellow of the European Ceramic Society (2019). He was the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (2019) and was given the Faculty Mentoring Award from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (2020). He is a member of American Ceramic Society, IEEE and the IEEE Ferroelectrics Committee, Materials Research Society, and the Pennsylvania Ceramics Association.