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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 2013-14 have been elected to the MRS-RIT Chapter:

President: YANG YUE

Yang Yue is a second year graduate student in MSE program. He is currently a member of the nanomaterial deposition research lab led by Dr. K.S.V. Santhanam. He received his B.Sc in Material Science and Engineering at Jilin University and finished his thesis in Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry. His undergraduate project is "Synthesis and Analysis of PH-responsible Poly(β-amino ester) block copolymer micelles." His research interests include Carbon Nanotubes, material deposition and polymer engineering.

Vice-President: RAKAN ASHOUR

Rakan is a second year graduate student in the MSE program. He is currently a memebr of the nanomaterials spectroscopy lab led by Dr. John-David Rocha. Before attending RIT he received his B.Sc in Mechanical / Aerospace engineering from King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. His research interests include : Carbon nanotubes, nano-sensors and actuators and energy harvesting devices.

Secretary: JOSHUA GILD

Joshua Gild graduated from Boston College in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Physics. He is from a small town outside of Detroit, Michigan. His research interests include renewable energy and advanced batteries.

Joint Secretary: ENTESAR Al ABDULAL

Entesar is currently a second year MSE student. She obtained her bachelor in chemistry from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2007. The senior year project she did was on 'Studying kinetics of copper removal from aqueous solutions on Saudi bentomite'. Her research areas include modification surface of some materials in plasma lab. Also, she is interested in working on sensors and fuel cells.


Mike is a first year MTSE graduate student. His 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. Mike's tentative research at RIT in polymers.

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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