Trolier-McKinstry to lead Materials Research Society

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Susan Trolier-McKinstry, professor of ceramic science and engineering and professor of electrical engineering, will serve as vice president of the Materials Research Society beginning Jan. 1, 2016, and president in 2017. Her three-year term will continue in 2018 as immediate past president.

Trolier-McKinstry is director of Penn State's Nanofabrication Laboratory, a part of Penn State's Materials Research Institute, and has been a faculty member at the University since 1992. She is co-director of the Center for Dielectric and Piezoelectric Studies, a joint Penn State/North Carolina State National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. She is an associate editor of Applied Physics Letters; a fellow of MRS, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Ceramic Society; and an academician in the World Academy of Ceramics. She previously served as the president of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society, as well as Keramos and the Ceramic Education Council. She is coauthor of more than 350 papers and holds numerous patents. Among her goals as leader of the MRS board is to actively engage the next generation of materials scientists.

"We are thrilled and proud of the leadership role Dr. Trolier-McKinstry is playing, both within MRI and in the larger materials community represented by the Materials Research Society," said Clive Randall, director of the Penn State Materials Research Institute. "Penn State played a crucial role in the founding of MRS more than four decades ago, and we are happy to see that our leadership role continues. With her strong background in both fundamental and applied research, Susan will balance both the industry and academic interests of the society."

The Materials Research Society is an interdisciplinary materials science society with more than 16,000 members worldwide. MRS members come from government labs, industry and academia, and include materials researchers from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering.

Last Updated October 06, 2015