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The Materials Research Society will build a dynamic, interactive, global community of materials researchers to advance technical excellence by providing a framework in which the materials disciplines can convene, collaborate, integrate and

Founded in 1973, MRS now consists of over 16,000 members from the United States -- as well as nearly 70 other countries. The Society is different from that of single discipline professional societies because it encourages communication and technical information exchange across the various fields of science affecting materials.

The Materials Research Society Council unanimously approved the formation of its RIT Chapter in the Spring of 2004. We join a select band of Universities in the Country who have such Chapters ; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Michigan, University of California (Berkeley) and others.

The following student office bearers for 2014-15 have been elected to the MRS-RIT Chapter:

President: Joshua Gild

Joshua is a second year MSE student. He received an undergraduate degree in Physics from Boston College in 2008. His current research involves platinum nanoparticles to be used as catalysts. He is from a small town outside of Detroit, MI.

Vice-President: Michael Bloom

Michael is a second year MTSE graduate student. His research at RIT working with Dr. Miri focuses on sustainable liquid crystal polyesters. Originally from central Pennsylvania, Michael's undergraduate curriculum at Penn State University consisted of a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and minors in Environmental Engineering, Engineering Entrepreneurship, and Engineering Leadership Development. His interests include environmental impacts of plastics in waste streams, sustainable initiatives, and bio-based products

Secretary:Jake Popham

Jake Popham is a student in his final year of the Physics/Materials Science BS/MS dual degree program. He has done previous research predicting material properties through computational modeling, and has completed co-ops in both mechanical and electrical engineering. He will perform his graduate project in semiconductor device fabrication this spring. Jake was born and raised here in Rochester, NY.

Joint Secretary: Liz Bisaha

Liz Bisaha is a first year Materials Science and Engineering graduate student from Delaware. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. Her research interests include nanostructured materials and solar energy.

Treasurer: Brian Canchola

Brian Canchola is a 4th year in the Physics and Materials Science BS/MS program. He originates from the small island-town of Cape May, NJ. Current research at RIT is focused on single-molecule magnets (SMMS).

MRS meeting

KSV Santhanam and his former student, Melodie Torres (currently doing her Ph.D. in Biomaterials at Syracuse University) presenting a poster at the recent Materials Research Society meeting in Boston, MA.


Faculty Advisors

K.S.V. Santhanam
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Seth Hubbard
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