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Susan Trolier-McKinstry, the Steward S. Flaschen Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering, Penn State, has been named a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Trolier-McKinstry is among the 86 new members and 18 foreign members elected for 2019. The NAE recognized her for "development of thin film multilayer ceramic capacitors and piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems."

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

"I owe this tremendous honor to many wonderful students and postdoctoral scholars over the years, as well as to supportive and collaborative faculty colleagues and mentors," said Trolier-McKinstry. "I am glad to be at Penn State."

Trolier-McKinstry also is a professor of electrical engineering and director of Penn State's W.M. Keck Smart Materials Integration Laboratory and Nanofabrication Facility. Her main research interests include thin films for dielectric and piezoelectric applications. She is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Materials Research Society. She also is an academician of the World Academy of Ceramics.

Trolier-McKinstry earned a bachelor of science in ceramic science and engineering and both a master of science and doctorate in ceramic science, all from Penn State.

Trolier-McKinstry will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6.

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