Materials at Penn State Historical Gallery Project

Materials at Penn State Historical Poster Project launched in 2017 – The field of materials research is woven from many strands – metallurgy, ceramics, polymer science, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, geosciences, the list goes on. The Materials at Penn State Historical Poster Project intends to capture significant people and events related to the illustrious history of materials discovery at this university. The metal-print posters in the ongoing series are on display in the second floor North Wing of the Millennium Science Complex.

Harry Allcock
He discovered a major class of polymers known as polyphosphazenes
Will Castleman
"Superatoms" of combined cheap elements mimic more "expensive" atoms
Moses H.W. Chan
Chan’s work covers a myriad of low-temperature physics
Eric Cross
He helped make Penn State the national leader in the field of ferroelectrics
Curtis-Write Cadettes
They went from clerks and waitresses to engineers
Wheeler Davey
Wheeler Davey pioneered Penn State's leadership in X-ray diffraction
Pauline Mack
She performed groundbreaking research textiles, nutrition, and fire proofing
Tom Mallouk
His chemical approach to materials synthesis solved problems in many fields
Erwin Mueller
The development of nanotechnology was, and is, dependent upon advances in scientific instrumentation
Robert Newnham
The composite piezoelectric transducers developed in his lab revolutionized ultrasound imaging for medical and underwater sonar applications
Elburt F. Osborn
As a dean and VP of research, Osborn sets an interdisciplinary path
Carlo Pantano
Pantano built a legacy in interdisciplinary research
Dorothy Quiggle
Advocate for women in engineering and the first female ChemEng Ph.D. in the U.S.
Della Martin Roy
She was Penn State's first woman elected to the National Academcy of Engineering
Rustum Roy
He founded Penn State's Materials Research Laboratory
Joseph Simons
The Simons Process revolutionized fluorine manufacturing
Philip Skell
The "Skell Rule" predicts the most probable pathway through which certain chemical compounds will be formed
Philip Walker
He gave Penn State an international reputation in carbon science.
Woldemar Weyl
Weyl's research on the chemistry and physics of glass led to numerous practical applications and better everyday materials
Frank C. Whitmore
He explained how positively charged carbon atoms react