2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

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

What's your future in Materials Science and Engineering? Tenured professor, laboratory researcher, industrial engineer, advocate, journalist—so many choices!

Join this 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.

There will be plenty of time for Q&A.


Meikin Falke Meiken Falke, Bruker Nano GmbH

Meiken Falke is Global Product Manager at  Bruker Nano GmbH. She is engaged in improving analysis options for qualitative and quantitative element mapping on the nanoscale in materials and life science. In her role at Bruker, she focuses on R&D and the application of detector systems for x-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy in transmission electron microscopes and the respective business development. Falke joined Bruker in 2008. Previously, she was a lecturer researching materials properties and behavior on the nanoscale. During her time in academia, between 2002 and 2005, Falke spent three years as one of the first postdocs at the SuperSTEM Laboratory in Daresbury, United Kingdom, and helped to set up this international user facility for aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy.

Sossina Haile Sossina M. Haile, Northwestern University

Sossina M. Haile is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, a position she assumed in 2015 after serving 18 years on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology. She earned her PhD degree in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. Haile’s research broadly encompasses materials, especially oxides, for sustainable electrochemical energy technologies. She has established a new class of fuel cells with record performance for clean and efficient electricity generation, and created new avenues for harnessing sunlight to meet rising energy demands. She has published more than 170 articles and holds 12 patents on these and other topics. Among her many awards, in 2008 Haile received an American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellowship from the National Science Foundation in recognition of “her timely and transformative research in the energy field and her dedication to inclusive mentoring, education and outreach across many levels.”

Nico Hernandez CharpakNico Hernandez Charpak, STROBE, NSF Science and Technology Center

Nico Hernandez Charpak joined STROBE as the Associate Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer in October 2017. STROBE, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center, aims to advance real-time functional imaging by advancing and combining different imaging modalities (visible light, x-ray, nanoprobe, electron microscopy, among others). He focuses on connecting and coordinating research across STROBE’s six campuses, as well as on enhancing cutting-edge imaging science and technology knowledge transfer to STROBE’s trainees, the general public and STROBE’s industry partners. Hernandez Charpak received his BS degree in physics and computer engineering from Universidad de los Andes in 2011, and PhD degree in physics from JILA and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) as part of the Kapteyn-Murnane Research Group in August 2017. His research focuses on the development of novel characterization tools for thermal and mechanical properties of nanostructured systems based on tabletop sources of coherent, extreme ultraviolet light. In his “free” time he enjoys hiking, climbing, skiing and producing the LatinoLabs podcast and the Science for Democracy podcast projects with CU Boulder young scientists.

Suveen MathaudhuSuveen N. Mathaudhu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of California, Riverside

Suveen N. Mathaudhu is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of California, Riverside. Via joint-appointment, Mathaudhu also serves as Chief Scientist for the Solid Phase Processing Science Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Prior to those roles, he was the Program Manager for the Synthesis and Processing of Materials Program at the U.S. Army Research Office, an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Postdoctoral Fellow, and later Materials Scientist at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Weapons and Materials Research Directorate. Mathaudhu received his BSE degree from Walla Walla University in 1998, and PhD degree from Texas A&M University in 2006, both in mechanical engineering. Mathaudhu studies the underpinning mechanisms that will make metallic materials and composites lighter and stronger. His research interests encompass all aspects of the fundamental processing-microstructure-property-performance relationships in metallic and composite materials.  Mathaudhu is active in several technical societies, and is currently serving as co-Chair of MRS’ Awards Committee. Mathaudhu is also an expert on the science of superheroes as depicted in comic books and their associated movies, and frequently consults in these areas.