College of Engineering dean receives FMD John Bardeen Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, Penn State, recently received the 2018 FMD John Bardeen Award from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

Given to “an individual who has made outstanding contributions and is a leader in the field of electronic materials,” Schwartz was cited for his continuing excellence and contributions in electronic materials, especially in high temperature superconductors for high field devices, and magnetic materials for high frequency communications.

“I am truly honored to receive the TMS John Bardeen Award. To have my name affiliated with him, and the previous recipients of the award, is humbling,” said Schwartz. “I overlapped briefly with Professor Bardeen during my time at Illinois, and discovered that he was as wonderful a person as he was a scientist.”

He continued, “It is also gratifying to have been nominated and supported for this award by my colleagues. I thank TMS, and also my students, post-docs and collaborators for sharing the joy of science and engineering with me.”

Schwartz received a bachelor of science with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Since then, Schwartz has made significant contributions to the field of electronic materials. His research interests include superconducting, magnetic and multiferroic materials and the systems they enable, and he has published more than 240 peer-reviewed journal articles on such topics.

He served as one of the first Science and Technology Agency of Japan Fellows at the National Research Institute for Metals; assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and leader of the HTS Magnets and Materials Group – part of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory – at Florida State University. In 2003, his research group, in collaboration with Oxford Instruments, established the world record for magnetic field generation by a superconducting material.

Prior to joining Penn State in 2017, Schwartz was the Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor and head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, where he led the rapid expansion of his department – guiding them upwards in the national rankings from 31st to 15th, while more than doubling the research portfolio and endowment.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and ASM International.

Schwartz formally accepted the award on March 14 during the TMS annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Last Updated April 12, 2018