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Ceramicist Susan Trolier-McKinstry (Penn. State) to help guide the future vision of the Materials Research Society Post

Posted on September 21, 2015 at 4:35 PM

Susan Trolier-McKinstry, a professor of Ceramic Science and director of the W.M. Keck Smart Materials Integration Laboratory and of the Nanofabrication Facility at Penn State has been elected as vice president of the Material Research Society. She will begin her term in January 2016.


Prof. Trolier-McKinstry's research focuses on studying thin film dielectric and piezoelectric materials. Her research projects uncovering the fundamental mechanisms that govern the properties of these materials and integrating new materials into devices and applications in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

(A group of students building models in Prof. Trolier-McKinstry's class in crystal chemistry.)


She is an associate editor of Applied Physics Letters, and a fellow of MRS, IEEE, the American Ceramic Society, and an academician in the World Academy of Ceramics. She has also served as the president of IEEE's Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society, and the Ceramic Education Council.

- Written by Eugene Choi, Edited by Paulette Clancy

(Photo credit: Provided by and used with permission from Susan Trolier-McKinstry).

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