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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 2012-13 have been elected to the MRS-RIT Chapter:

Siddharth Gopal, President

Sid is presently a second year MSE student and a very active member of the MRS. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering, majored in Electronics and Instrumentation from VIT University, India. His senior year project as an undergraduate was 'Developing a real time centrifuge system for bio-medical applications' which was funded by the Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India. After working in instrumentation, Sid spent a year as a research project associate in the Measurements and Instrument Lab, Electrical Engineering Dept., at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology- Madras, India, prior joining RIT,NY, U.S.A. .

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Gaurav Tulsyan, Vice President

Gaurav is a first year MSE student who has completed his B.Engg. in Metallurgy from Punjab Engg. College, Chandigarh, India. As an undergraduate, he has worked on the mechanical properties of FRP sheets, a project which was funded by Department of Science & Technology, India. His undergraduate project was titled "Effect of Ceria on the Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) composites." His areas of interest include semi-conductor materials and their fabrication, CNTs, aerospace materials and composites.

Anirudh Raju Penmetcha , Treasurer

Anirudh received his B.E (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani, Dubai. He is presently a first year graduate student at RIT, pursuing his Master's degree in Material Science and Engineering. In the past he has worked on research relating to modelling of steam power plants. His research interests include improving solar photovoltaics, and production and application of Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene.

Vineeth Patil, Secretary

Vineeth is currently pursuing his first year in MSE. He is from Bengaluru, India and has done his B.Tech. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from NIT-K Surathkal, which is among the top 10 engineering institutions in India.

Vineeth's areas of research interest include Nano-materials - Fabrication, CNTs, Thin films, Crystallographic Studies & growth of single/polycrystalline forms of heavy metals and Thermodynamics of Materials. Previously, he has worked at IISc, Bangalore as an Indian Academy of Sciences Research Scholar in 2010. His topic of research was the thermodynamic aspects of Calcium-Iron-Yttrium based solid oxide fuel cells. He has even co-authored a research paper on the same topic, accepted and published in the Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion (JPED), Springer Publications.

Entesar Al Abdulal, Secretary

Entesar is a first year Master of Science student majoring in Materials Science and Engineering at RIT, NY. She received her Bachelor in Chemistry from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The senior year project she did was on 'Studying kinetics of copper removal from aqueous solutions on Saudi bentomite'. Her research areas include nano materials and polymer engineering.


The 2012 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting & Exhibit was held in Boston, MA, November 25-30, and featured a plenary address by Nobel Laureate Danny Shechman, who received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals.

Four RIT Materials Science & Engineering M.S. Students and three RIT faculty members (Dr. KSV Santhanam and Dr. Chris Collison from the School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Dr. Seth Hubbard from the School of Physics and Astronomy) presented their research in poster sessions at the meeting.Read Report


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K.S.V. Santhanam
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Seth Hubbard
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