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2020 MRS Spring Meeting Chairs

Qing_CaoQing Cao
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Qing Cao is an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Chemistry and Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Prior to joining Illinois in 2018, Cao was a research scientist in the Department of Physical Sciences at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He received a BSc degree in chemistry from Nanjing University in 2004 and a PhD degree in materials chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009.  Cao’s interdisciplinary research focuses on developing functional nanomaterials for unconventional electronic systems, high-performance logic devices, and low-cost energy harvesting. He has published more than 30 research papers and is a co-inventor on 50 patents and patent applications. Cao’s research has received numerous recognitions. He also made Forbes’s list of “30 Under 30” for 2012 in the science category and further received the distinction of this list’s “Most Influential All-Star Alumni” in 2016. MIT Technology Review listed him in 2016 as one of the top 35 global innovators under the age of 35 (TR35). The Atlantic Council selected him in 2017 as one of 21 “rising leaders and innovators around the world committed to achieving transformational change with a global impact” (Millennium Fellow).
Miyoung_KimMiyoung Kim
Seoul National University

Miyoung Kim is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Seoul National University, South Korea. She also serves as a Director of the Characterization Center at the Research Institute of Advanced Materials at Seoul National University and is on the Committee of International Cooperation for the Korean Society of Microscopy. After completing her PhD degree in physics from Arizona State University, with work on the charge density of d-electrons, Kim joined a microscopy group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and later was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She then worked at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology on the structural characterization of high-k materials and semiconductor devices. Kim has made important contributions to the fields of resistive memory devices and energy materials using the in situ transmission electron microscope approach. Currently, her research focuses on retrieving atomic and electronic structures directly from scanning transmission electron microscope images and electron energy loss spectra to explore the atomistic origin of physical properties in optical and electronic devices, catalysts, and a range of functional nanomaterials.
Rajesh NaikRajesh Naik
Air Force Research Laboratory

Rajesh Naik received his PhD degree in biological sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. Rajesh is currently the chief scientist of the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, USA. He serves as the primary science and technology adviser to the wing commander, and he provides technical vision and strategy for the wing’s $250M science and technology program in human performance and operational medicine. His research focuses on bio-nanomaterials interactions, biosensors, and engineered biomaterials. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and has received 13 patents. He is a Fellow of MRS, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, and the Air Force Research Laboratory. He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) and at Washington University in St. Louis (Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science).
James RondinelliJames M. Rondinelli
Northwestern University

James M. Rondinelli is the Morris E. Fine Junior Professor in Materials and Manufacturing at Northwestern University (NU) in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department and Applied Physics Program, where he leads the Materials Theory and Design Group. His interests are in electronic structure theory and first-principles design of functional inorganic materials using picoscale structure-property relationships. He received a BS degree in MSE from NU (2006) and a PhD degree in materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2010). He is a 2018 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow and the 2017 Materials Research Society (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator. He was named an Emerging Young Investigator by the Royal Society of Chemistry (2016) and the American Chemical Society (2014). Rondinelli has (co)-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and is a member of MRS, the American Physics Society, American Chemical Society, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, American Ceramic Society, and American Society for Engineering Education. He serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter and npj Computational Materials. Rondinelli is also chair of the Argonne Center for Nanoscale Materials Users’ Executive Committee (2016–2019).
Hong_WangHong Wang
Southern University of Science and Technology

Hong Wang is currently a chair professor and vice dean of the College of Engineering at the Southern University of Science and Technology, China. Prior, she was a professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She received her PhD degree in electronics materials and devices from Xi’an Jiaotong University. Wang’s main research interests include dielectric materials, multifunctional composites, and dielectric measurements. She has received many honors, including the Distinguished Young Scholars Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (2010), Chang Jiang Scholars Award from the Ministry of Education of China (2011), and the Scientific Innovation Leaders of the National 10000 Talents Program (2016). Wang has (co)-authored more than 240 papers, 28 patents, and has delivered more than 40 invited talks. She is the chair of the Asian Electroceramic Association (AECA) and has been a member of AECA since 2005. She is a member of the IEEE UFFC Ferroelectric Committee. She also serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Advanced Ceramics, the Journal of Chinese Ceramic Society, and IET Nanodielectrics.


2020 MRS Fall Meeting Chairs

Michael FlatteMichael E. Flatté
The University of Iowa

Michael E. Flatté is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa (UI). His research interests include optical and electrical control of spin dynamics in materials, novel spintronic devices, quantum sensors, and solid-state realizations of quantum computation. Flatté received the AB degree in physics from Harvard University in 1988 and a PhD degree in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992.  After postdoctoral work at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and in the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University, he joined the faculty at UI in 1995. He was Director of UI’s Optical Science and Technology Center from 2010-2017. Flatté has over 200 publications and 10 patents. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society (APS), a member of the Materials Research Society, the Optical Society of America and the American Vacuum Society, and was Chair of the Division of Materials Physics of the APS from 2016-2017. Flatté has an adjunct appointment as professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands.

Michael RoweMichael P. Rowe
Toyota Research Institute of North America

Michael P. Rowe is a principal scientist at the Toyota Research Institute of North America, having joined Toyota’s North American Research and Development operations in 2008.  He received his BA degree in chemistry with honors from Knox College, and both an MS degree and PhD degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan; continuing with his postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan.  His work focuses on using bottom-up chemical approaches to control nanomaterial properties so that original futuristic ideas can become real-world applications.  Rowe’s current research programs span a broad range of fields including light weight steel composites to reduce environmental impact through improved vehicle fuel economy and artificial muscle soft robotics to assist in the quality of life for elderly and disabled people.  His teams carry research from original concept, to fundamental materials research and finally into systems level device integration.  He has received four Toyota Research Division awards for his research accomplishments.  Rowe and his teams have generated 40 issued patents, in addition to numerous conference presentations and peer reviewed publications.

Sabrina SartoriSabrina Sartori
University of Oslo

Sabrina Sartori is associate professor and head of solid-state synthesis laboratory at the Department of Technology Systems at the University of Oslo. Her research interests include materials for energy storage and conversion, and their characterization via in-situ and operando synchrotron and neutron radiation experiments. She earned her MSc degree in chemistry from the University of Padova and her PhD degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Bologna. She has held research positions at the University of Padova and the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway, before joining the University of Oslo in 2013. From 2015-2017, Sartori was one of the Directors of MRS and currently serves as an expert and leader in several national and international committees, boards and initiatives.

V. Prasad ShastriPrasad Shastri
University of Freiburg

Prasad Shastri is a professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where he holds the Hermann Staudinger Chair for Biofunctional Macromolecular Chemistry and the BIOSS Professorship of Cell Signalling Environments. He is also the Director of the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry and one of the core faculty at the BIOSS Center for Biological Signaling Studies, which is one of the national clusters of Excellence in Germany. He received his PhD degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1995 and carried out his post-doctoral work with Robert Langer at MIT. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers, and authored several proceedings articles, extended abstracts and book chapters. Shastri has also authored over 50 issued and pending patents in materials science, regenerative medicine and tumor biology. In addition to pioneering several technologies in biomaterials, drug delivery, and nanotechnology, including the In Vivo Bioreactor, a groundbreaking approach for autologous engineering of bone and cartilage, his laboratory is active in the development of biomaterials for controlling cellular microenvironments, in vivo engineering of tissue, intracellular delivery, cancer therapeutics, cancer biology and functional imaging.

Chongmin WangChongmin Wang
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Chongmin Wang is a chief scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and his research interests include the state of the art S/TEM imaging and spectroscopy and their application to materials characterization, especially in situ and operando S/TEM techniques for energy materials. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in physics from Lanzhou University, China and PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Leeds, UK.  He worked at Max-Planck Institute for Metal Research in Stuttgart in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, National Institute for Materials Science in Japan, and Lehigh University, focusing on atomic level study of grain boundary structure and chemistry using S/TEM. Wang is one of the pioneers on in-situ TEM technique for rechargeable battery research, which has earned him prestigious honors, including the 2016 MRS Innovation in Materials Characterization Award; 2017 PNNL Laboratory Director’s Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement; 2016 Journal of Materials Research (JMR) Paper of the Year Award; 2012 Microscopy Today Innovation Award. He is also the recipient of R&D100 Award, Rowland Snow Award from the American Ceramic Society, Outstanding Invention Award from Japanese Science and Education Committee, PNNL Exceptional Contribution Awards.  He has published 370 journal papers and several book chapters, and delivered 70 invited talks. He is serving as the principal editor of the Journal of Materials Research and is a Fellow of Materials Research Society.  

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