2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Meeting Events Schedule

Events are listed in chronological order. To see a list of events from a specific category, please select a link below. 

Monday

  • Tutorial CP03—Mini X-Ray and Neutron School on In Situ Materials Research

    Monday, April 22
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 126 A

    Leading researchers from the U.S. DOE will present lectures on the neutron and x-ray facilities, characteristics of the sources and related beamlines, principles of scattering and spectroscopy, data processing and modeling, and topics on applications to a variety of scientific subjects.

  • Tutorial EP12—Plasmonics, Metamaterials and Metasurfaces for Manipulating Light at Nanoscale

    Monday, April 22
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 127 A

    The tutorial highlights strategies that address challenges in plasmonics and metamaterials, spanning novel synthetic methods, advanced nanostructure characterization, and ultimate integration into diverse areas such as energy conversion, flat optical components and nanoscale optoelectronic devices.

  • Tutorial ES06—Simulating Electrochemical Systems from First Principles with Quantum-Espresso

    Monday, April 22
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 122 C

    The morning session will cover Fundamentals of Density-Functional Theory and the afternoon session will cover Quantum Chemistry in Continuum Environments.

  • Tutorial ES20—Young Scientist Tutorial on Characterization Techniques for Thin-Film Solar Cells

    Monday, April 22
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 132 B

    This tutorial is intended for young researchers who are active in the field of thin-film solar cells and would like to learn the fundamentals of characterization methods that are being used in research and development of these materials and devices.

  • Tutorial ES21—Nanogenerators and Piezotronics—Principles, Materials, Devices and Nanosystems

    Monday, April 22
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 132 C

    The tutorial will include two sections: Nanogenerators—From Sustainable Power Source to Self-Powered Systems and Piezotronics, Piezo-Photonics and Piezo-Phototronics—From Electrochemical Catalyst to 2D Materials.

  • Tutorial QN04—Outstanding Challenges in Nanoscale Heat Transport

    Monday, April 22
    8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A

    The tutorial will give an overview of some unresolved theoretical and experimental problems in the field of nanoscale thermal transport.

  • Tutorial QN07—Quantum Phenomena in Oxide Materials

    Monday, April 22
    8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 127 C

    In this tutorial, we will cover various aspects of quantum behavior of oxides. The tutorial will focus on the transport properties and electronic structures of quantum oxide materials, and novel imaging techniques and theoretical approaches for characterization of the materials.

  • Science Writing Workshop

    Monday, April 22
    9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    PCC West, 200 Level, Room 212 C

    An interactive, one-day workshop for researchers, scientists, science educators and students who are interested in journalism and science writing. Space is limited; applications must be received by March 25.

  • Designing Sustainability into Materials Research Workshop

    Monday, April 22
    10:00 am – 12:30 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 122 A

    Many sustainability initiatives focus on technologies that minimize carbon footprint and energy use. This workshop expands upon sustainability to include limiting sustainable materials development, as opposed to sustainable technology development.

  • Graduate Student Award Finalists' Special Talk Sessions

    Monday, April 22
    12:00 pm – 2:45 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 131 A & C

    All Meeting attendees, especially students, are encouraged to attend the sessions. These awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction.

  • Outstanding Young Investigator Award Talk

    Monday, April 22
    1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

    The MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer. Celebrate our 2019 recipient, Sheng Xu, by attending his presentation!

  • Networking for Nerds—Become a Networking Rock Star

    Monday, April 22
    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    PCC North, 200 Level, Room 224 B

    Learn the secrets of being a master networker—how to cultivate strategic, mutually beneficial relationships, find people to add to your networks, “work a room,” start conversations with people you have never met before, and obtain information that can set you on a path to career victory.

  • Communicating Science to Public Audiences—Science Communication Workshop

    Monday, April 22
    1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 128 A

    This session is designed to increase confidence in scientists as they communicate their work and become part of a community of researchers who share an interest in science outreach and engagement.

  • Tutorial EP01—Fundamentals of Liquid-Crystalline Semiconductors

    Monday, April 22
    1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 126 C

    This tutorial will provide a comprehensive overview of molecular self-assembly and liquid crystallinity in organic electronics.

  • Tutorial ES03—Advanced Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy and Cryo-TEM in Studies of Batteries and Electrocatalysts

    Monday, April 22
    1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 126 B

    This tutorial focuses on the fundamentals and applications of several advanced characterization techniques to understand the atomic and electronic structures of energy materials, especially batteries and electrocatalysts.

  • Tutorial ES13—Data-Driven Design of Sustainable Materials with Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Assessment

    Monday, April 22
    1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 123

    This tutorial will introduce approaches and tools for quantifying not only the technological performance impacts of selecting specific materials and processes, but also their economic, environmental, societal and human health impacts.

  • Tutorial QN02—Defects and Magnetic Properties of Two-Dimensional Materials

    Monday, April 22
    1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 128 B

    This tutorial will review the recent developments in the rapidly growing field of defects and magnetic properties of a broad spectrum of 2D materials through a combination of theoretical and sensitive experimental approaches, and will immensely benefit scientists at all levels.

  • Tutorial QN05—Building Understanding of Phonon Transport—Calculations and Experiment

    Monday, April 22
    1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 B

    This two-part (theoretical and experimental) afternoon tutorial will dive into topics related to (1) lattice dynamics and phonon thermal transport calculations and (2) measurements of thermal transport that inform our understanding of underlying phonon behaviors.

  • National Laboratory User Facilities—How to Get Access for Your Research

    Monday, April 22
    2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 122 B

    This workshop will bring you in direct contact with cutting-edge characterization facilities in the United States and Germany, and will support you with planning your research visit there. Networking reception to follow.

  • Essentials of Getting Your Work Published

    Monday, April 22
    3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121 A

    Learn the fundamentals of successful scientific publishing from MRS journal Editors-in-Chief. Not only are they leading researchers in their field, but they share a dedication to high-quality content, editorial integrity and scientific scholarship.

  • Career Planning and Job Searching in Entrepreneurship

    Monday, April 22
    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121 B

    Learn about the basics of entrepreneurship, developing your brand, and finding and solidifying customers. The basic elements of marketing, and understanding and selling your services and products will also be addressed.

  • MRS University Chapter Representatives Meeting

    Monday, April 22
    5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
    Sheraton, Second Level, Deer Valley

    This brief meeting will discuss the MRS University Chapters Program. Current Chapter officers, faculty advisors and students who wish to form a University Chapter should attend.

  • MRS Communications Lecture

    Monday, April 22
    5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A

    Novel combinations of stimuli-responsive liquid crystals with other materials like nanoparticles or polymers can be designed to collectively interact with light. Examples explored will include the use of photo-induced heating of metal nanoparticles to change the color of a helically arranged liquid.

  • 2018 JMR Paper of the Year Award

    Monday, April 22
    5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A

    The 2018 JMR Paper of the Year Award will be presented immediately preceding the MRS Communications Lecture.

  • Research Funding Opportunities

    Monday, April 22
    5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121 C

    The Research Funding Opportunities sessions provide interaction between government agency presenters and MRS Membership. Invited talks will be followed by roundtable Q&A sessions with the individual program managers.

  • Symposium Assistant Training

    Monday, April 22
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121 B

    MRS staff will conduct training for Symposium Assistants. Any applicant who has received Symposium Assistant assignments should attend this training to receive instructions regarding their responsibilities as a Symposium Assistant.

  • Student Mixer

    Monday, April 22
    7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Sheraton, Second Level, The Oculus

    Come and connect with other fellow students during the Student Mixer! Various interactive science activities provide an atmosphere for networking! Student ID required at the door!

Tuesday

  • Plenary Session Featuring The Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science

    Tuesday, April 23
    8:15 am – 9:30 am
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

    Helena Van Swygenhoven-Moens, Paul Scherrer Institute and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, will present Synchrotron Light to Investigate Materials In Operando.

  • Poster Authors (Tuesday Only) Check-In

    Tuesday, April 23
    9:00 am – 10:00 am
    PCC North, 300 Level, Alcove

  • Poster Authors (Tuesday Only) Check-In and Post

    Tuesday, April 23
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Alcove

  • Poster Session—Judges Only

    Tuesday, April 23
    12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

  • Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research

    Tuesday, April 23
    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

    Molly M. Stevens, Imperial College London, will present Bio-Responsive Hybrid Materials.

  • Materials Voice

    Tuesday, April 23
    2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

    At the Materials Voice Booth, attendees send convenient, personalized letters to their representatives on Capitol Hill.

  • Exhibit

    Tuesday, April 23
    2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

  • MRS Career Fair—Visit the Recruiters!

    Tuesday, April 23
    2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

    Visit recruitment booths to discuss your qualifications directly with recruiters for a potential interview. Register online and upload your resume from your own laptop at jobs.mrs.org or stop by the Career Fair to access our registration stations. Don't forget to bring extra copies of your resume!

  • MRS Career Fair—Resume Critiques, Mock Interviews, Professional Photos

    Tuesday, April 23
    2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

    Does your resume need a little sprucing up? Have you ever walked away from a job interview wondering what you could or should have done differently? Are you at a crossroads in your academic or professional career and seeking advice on how to figure out what to do next? MRS is here to help!

  • Public Outreach Center

    Tuesday, April 23
    2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

    Find out how you can participate as we partner to bring the science of materials to the general public, explore the topics of sustainable practices and the impact of society on materials science, education and outreach.

  • Green Cards for Scientific Researchers: How to Win Your EB-1/NIW Case!

    Tuesday, April 23
    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit Stage

    Learn about the U.S. immigration process and how to maximize your chances of immigration success during this presentation by the law firm of Getson & Schatz.

  • Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program Information Session

    Tuesday, April 23
    4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
    PCC North, 200 Level, Room 221 C

    Attendees will learn about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships and hear from current and former Fellows about their experiences as scientists in the Senate and House of Representatives.

  • Preparing for Your Next Job Interview

    Tuesday, April 23
    4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit Stage

    Attend this session to get tips on how to prepare in advance to make the most of your next opportunity to meet with a potential employer.

  • Poster Session—Author Presentations

    Tuesday, April 23
    5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

  • MRS/Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales Student Poster Award Exchange Program

    Tuesday, April 23
    5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

    Best Poster awardees from the XXVII International Materials Research Congress (IMRC) 2018 present their posters at the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting as part of the MRS/SMM student exchange program.

  • Best Poster Award Winners Announcement

    Tuesday, April 23
    5:30 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

  • How to Prepare for Your ABET Accreditation

    Tuesday, April 23
    7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
    Sheraton, Second Level, Arcadia

    If an ABET evaluation is in your future, this session will help you understand the accreditation process and any updates to the criteria so your materials department is prepared.

  • Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050—Incentivizing a Zero-Waste Future

    Tuesday, April 23
    7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

    This panel session will convene top experts to discuss the challenges and complexities associated with zero waste and the role of zero waste in enabling energy sustainability by 2050.

Wednesday

  • Poster Authors (Wednesday Only) Check-In and Post

    Wednesday, April 24
    7:00 am – 9:30 am
    PCC North, 300 Level, Alcove

  • Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast

    Wednesday, April 24
    7:00 am – 9:00 am
    PCC North, 200 Level, Room 231 ABC

    The MRS Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast event is intended to promote interaction across various ethnic, cultural and gender boundaries and facilitate dialog among women (and men) working in or pursuing education toward a profession in materials science or engineering.

  • MRS Awards Ceremony & Innovation in Materials Characterization Award Talk

    Wednesday, April 24
    9:00 am – 10:15 am
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

    Join us to honor our distinguished award recipients and be sure to stay for the Innovation in Materials Characterization Award Talk by Stig Helveg!

    MRS Fellows
    Congratulations 2019 MRS Fellows! Honoring MRS Members who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research worldwide.

    MRS Impact Award
    The MRS Impact Award honors outstanding individuals who have displayed excellence in areas of science communication, education, advancing diversity, mentoring, or community engagement, which reflect the Society’s pursuit to advance materials science and technology to improve the quality of life.

    MRS Postdoctoral Awards
    The MRS Postdoctoral Awards recognize postdoctoral scholars who show exceptional promise that may include, for example, excellence in scientific research, leadership, advocacy, outreach, or teaching during their postdoc assignment.

  • Poster Session—Judges Only

    Wednesday, April 24
    9:30 am – 11:30 am
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

  • Materials Voice

    Wednesday, April 24
    11:00 am – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

    At the Materials Voice Booth, attendees send convenient, personalized letters to their representatives on Capitol Hill.

  • Exhibit

    Wednesday, April 24
    11:00 am – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

  • MRS Career Fair—Visit the Recruiters!

    Wednesday, April 24
    11:00 am – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

    Visit recruitment booths to discuss your qualifications directly with recruiters for a potential interview. Register online and upload your resume from your own laptop at jobs.mrs.org or stop by the Career Fair to access our registration stations. Don't forget to bring extra copies of your resume!

  • MRS Career Fair—Resume Critiques, Mock Interviews, Professional Photos

    Wednesday, April 24
    11:00 am – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

    Does your resume need a little sprucing up? Have you ever walked away from a job interview wondering what you could or should have done differently? Are you at a crossroads in your academic or professional career and seeking advice on how to figure out what to do next? MRS is here to help!

  • Public Outreach Center

    Wednesday, April 24
    11:00 am – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

    Find out how you can participate as we partner to bring the science of materials to the general public, explore the topics of sustainable practices and the impact of society on materials science, education and outreach.

  • Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research

    Wednesday, April 24
    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

    Sunita Satyapal, U.S. Department of Energy, will present Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Technology Perspectives, and Bart Biebuyck, The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, will present Development of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies in Europe Toward Commercialization from 2020 Onward.

  • Materials Science Research Aboard the International Space Station

    Wednesday, April 24
    2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit Stage

    R&D onboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory offers an unparalleled opportunity to investigate how gravity and the extreme environment of space influence observations in materials science to advance human knowledge and commercial pursuits.

  • Open Data Challenge Awards Presentation

    Wednesday, April 24
    3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit Stage

    Attend the Open Data Challenge Awards Presentation and celebrate with the winning teams. Learn how they built their materials data sets and approached their analysis through poster and visual presentations.

  • Career Paths in Materials Science and Engineering

    Wednesday, April 24
    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit Stage

    Join our panel of scientists who will share their insight about the role of materials science and engineering in their organizations and address existing career paths to explore.

  • Poster Session—Author Presentations

    Wednesday, April 24
    5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

  • Best Poster Award Winners Announcement

    Wednesday, April 24
    5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

  • Science as Art—Winners Announcement

    Wednesday, April 24
    6:15 pm – 6:30 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit Stage

  • PowerPoint Karaoke

    Wednesday, April 24
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Sheraton, Second Level, Deer Valley

    What kind of slide is that? PowerPoint Karaoke asks the presenter to explain a slide without prior knowledge of its content or author. $300 prizes to the best presenter and slide author. Networking reception to follow. Presenters and slide authors must preregister. Space is limited; audience preregistration is required.

  • Real-Life Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Product Design Seminar

    Wednesday, April 24
    7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Sheraton, Second Level, Camelback A

    Alan Rae will discuss how to incorporate sustainability principles into your research in a more comprehensive way while considering the real-world application of these principles to product design and manufacture.

Thursday

  • Mid-Career Researcher Award Talk

    Thursday, April 25
    9:00 am – 9:45 am
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

    The Mid-Career Researcher Award recognizes exceptional achievements in materials research made by mid-career professionals. Be sure to attend Hongyou Fan's presentation, Self-Assembly of Functional Nanoscale Materials, on Thursday at 9:00 am!

  • Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research

    Thursday, April 25
    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

    Jonathan Arenberg, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, will present The James Webb Space Telescope—Its Mission, Design and Development.

  • MRS Frontiers Reception: Building Communities

    Thursday, April 25
    5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

    Join us for an evening of drinks and hors d'oeuvres and help forge new communities on topics at the frontier of materials research—artificial intelligence, bio, quantum, sustainability and emerging areas of your interest.