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MRS members are highly encouraged to participate in the election of MRS officers and board members. Elections are typically held in the last quarter of each calendar year, and officers and board members begin their terms on January 1 of the following year. 

The MRS Board of Directors is the highest governing body of the Materials Research Society, responsible for establishing policy, monitoring progress of the society toward its long-term goals and setting the strategic directions for the major activities of the society, including its meetings, publications, interactions with government agencies and cooperative efforts with other professional societies throughout the world.

The Board is composed of four elected officers (president, immediate past president, vice president and secretary), and between 12 to 21 Directors, established by Board resolution. A fifth officer (treasurer) is appointed yearly.

2021 Election

This year, members will be asked to elect a Vice President and four Directors, and to approve a proposed change to Article III of the MRS Bylaws. These changes have been approved by the Board, and are available for review here »
Candidates’ biographies and statements are posted below.

An independent election service provider will conduct the election online. Paper ballots will be available upon request or by calling 724.779.2714. On opening day, each MRS member who was in good standing as of July 3, 2021, and who has a valid email address on file, will receive an email from MRS Elections containing personal access codes and instructions for logging into the election website to vote. We encourage you to take the necessary steps to ensure your spam filter is set up to accept this email.  

Members who do not have a valid email address on record will receive the information by mail. If your contact information has changed in the last year, you are encouraged to update your contact information in My MRS.


Candidates for Vice President

Sabrina Sartori

Sabrina Sartori
University of Oslo

Stephen Streiffer

Stephen K. Streiffer
Argonne National Laboratory

Candidates for Board of Directors

Aditi Risbud Bartl

Aditi Risbud Bartl
University of California, Davis

Manish Chhowalla-S22

Manish Chhowalla
University of Cambridge

Nerissa Draeger

Nerissa Draeger
LAM Research Corporation

Willam Olson

William Olson
ASM International

Chinedum Osuji

Chinedum Osuji
University of Pennsylvania

Cheolmin Park

Cheolmin Park
Yonsei University

Kathryn Wahl

Kathryn Wahl
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory