The Materials Research Society Celebrates Millie Dresselhaus

“Queen of Carbon” and Pioneer of Nanoscience

Image of Mildred DresselhausMillie was a longtime MRS Member, an active volunteer, a mentor and a friend.  We fondly remember her walking the halls of MRS Fall Meetings in Boston—in that signature red sweater—followed by a gaggle of students who just wanted a chance to meet her, share their research with her, or take a photo with her.  She never turned them away. 

Millie was also an MRS Fellow, a recipient of the Society's highest honor, the Von Hippel Award, a frequent presenter at MRS Meetings, and an author of numerous articles in the MRS Journals Collection. In fact, she published in the inaugural issue (Volume 1, Issue 01) of Journal of Materials Research—MRS' premier archival materials science journal—in 1986.

In celebration and memory of her tremendous achievements, MRS and colleagues pay tribute to Millie this week with these special events and activities.

At the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, people wrote their memories and said “thank you” on a special tribute wall to trailblazer Mildred S. Dresselhaus.  

Celebrating our Millie: The Legacy and Impact of Mildred Dresselhaus

Sunday, November 26 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Huntington Hall, MIT Room 10-250

Posters & Reception
Sunday, November 26 | 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
MIT Lobby 13

According to MIT organizers, this event “will highlight Professor Mildred Dresselhaus’ journey: her career as a researcher and mentor, and her groundbreaking research in nanotechnology, thermoelectrics and carbon. We’ll talk about her quiet force for positive changes in gender balance and equity, as well as other important impacts of her leadership on the world stage in service to the science community. Researchers, collaborators, friends and family from all over the world will gather and acknowledge our beloved Millie’s contributions and her legacy for the future of science.”  

Additional information regarding this event, including program, registration and accommodations, is available at

Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Registration deadline is Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 11:59 pm (EST). On-site registration will be offered on a space-available basis.

A live webcast of the event will be available at For those unable to attend, a recorded version will also be made available for viewing after the event.

Special Workshop on Nanomaterials and Their Applications
In Honor of Professor Millie Dresselhaus for Her Lifelong Contribution and Impact to Materials Research

Monday, November 27
8:00 am – 5:15 pm
Hynes, Level 3, Room 304

This workshop will include 25 speakers in sessions on carbon nanotubes, thermoelectrics, graphene and 2D materials, and frontier topics.

Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast

Wednesday, November 29
7:00 am – 8:30 am
Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Liberty ABC
Space is limited; advance sign-up is required.

As notable as her research accomplishments were, Millie was also renowned for her staunch support of women in science and engineering. She led by example, and her remarkable achievements have inspired women worldwide to follow in her footsteps. This year’s Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast will be dedicated to Millie—in celebration of her many contributions to women and the global science community.

MRS University Chapter Luncheon

The MRS University Chapter Luncheon, an invitation-only event for Chapter representatives, will also be dedicated to Millie this week. As a longtime Faculty Advisor to the MIT University Chapter, Millie rarely, if ever, missed an MRS Fall Meeting Chapter Luncheon. Dedicated to mentorship and teaching, she was in her element when surrounded by students. She loved them, and they definitely loved her back.

Catalysts for Nanocarbon Growth

Cover image of the November 2017 MRS BulletinAccording to MRS Bulletin Editor Gopal Rao, “It is with a sense of deep gratitude for her contributions to materials science and carbon nanoscience, among other areas, and her intangible contributions to the materials community as a whole in myriad ways, that we dedicate this issue of MRS Bulletin to Millie Dresselhaus.

Pick up your copy of this commemorative issue today, while supplies last!

Literature Tables
Hynes, Level 2, Registration Corridor

Help us Celebrate Millie Dresselhaus!Millie Dresselhaus Tribute Board

Stop by the Millie Tribute Boards located in the rear of Exhibit Hall D to share how this remarkable woman influenced or inspired you.  After the Meeting, these Tribute Boards will be sent to MIT, where they will be shared with the university students and staff that meant so much to her.

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