About MRS

Paul C. McIntyre, Stanford University

Paul C. McIntyre

Paul McIntyre is Rick and Melinda Reed Professor in the School of Engineering, professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and senior fellow (by courtesy) of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University.  He has been a faculty member at Stanford since 1997.  McIntyre was previously Member of the Technical Staff of the Central Research Laboratories at Texas Instruments, and was a Director’s-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  He received his doctorate (Sc.D.) from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT in 1993. 

At Stanford, McIntyre leads a research team of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and adjunct professors who perform basic studies of nanostructured inorganic materials for applications in electronics and energy technologies.  He is best known for his work on metal oxide/semiconductor interfaces, functional metal oxide thin films, atomic layer deposition, and semiconductor nanowires.  He has given over 120 invited presentations, plenary talks and tutorial lectures on these topics.  McIntyre is an author of approximately 220 archival journal papers and an inventor of eight U.S. patents. 

McIntyre has received two IBM Faculty Awards, a Charles Lee Powell Foundation Faculty Scholarship and an SRC Inventor Recognition Award.  He was a GCEP Distinguished Lecturer in 2010 and received the Woody Award of the Materials Research Society in 2011.  In 2016, he was the inaugural Colorado School of Mines/NREL Materials Science Distinguished Lecturer.

McIntyre has been a member of MRS since attending his first Fall Meeting in 1989.  Over the years, he has served as an organizer of MRS symposia on ferroelectric thin films, high-k dielectrics and semiconductor nanowires.  He was a meeting chair of the 2010 Spring Meeting and guest editor of a special JMR issue on nanowires in 2011.  McIntyre chaired the MRS Publications Committee from 2010 to 2013, and he has served as a principal editor of MRS Communications since its founding in 2011.    

Candidate’s Statement

The Materials Research Society occupies a premier position among technical societies devoted to the science and future applications of materials.  It is often said that MRS owes its success to organizing the best large meetings in the field, while also producing leading publications such as MRS Bulletin.  I think that it is more accurate to view these as the products of a value system which took root during and shortly after the Society’s founding in the early 1970’s and has been steadily refined ever since.  Its key elements are an unwavering dedication to interdisciplinarity, a bottom-up culture of volunteer leadership, and a strong commitment to honest and ethical conduct.  These guiding principles inform the organization of MRS - for example, its lack of a divisionsal structure which, in other technical societies, keeps disciplinary ties strong but often allows topical areas to outlive their capacity to generate exciting new science and applications.  Should I be elected to the Board of Directors, I would strive to uphold these principles while working with the other Board members to guide MRS during a time of rapid change.

The MRS Board must plan for the Society’s future in light of important trends in materials research.  Foremost among these is the ongoing rebalancing of the global research enterprise, in which growth is occurring primarily outside of today’s developed world.  Given this backdrop, it is reasonable to ask how an organization such as MRS, which is headquartered and runs it signature meetings in the US, can remain best in its class.  I do not believe that the answer is for MRS to become a much larger, globe-spanning technical society, one that might (for example) organize the equivalent of four or more Fall or Spring meetings in various international venues annually.  Instead, MRS should keep its focus on organizing a small number of very impactful meetings each year.  It should also locate them in cities that are both readily accessible to and compelling destinations for an international attendee base.  The recent decision to move the Spring Meeting to Phoenix, although motivated by legitimate practical concerns, runs counter to this imperative and should, in my opinion, be reconsidered at the earliest possible juncture.  As timely visa approval for travel to the US becomes increasingly uncertain, MRS should also consider relocating either the Spring or Fall meeting to a (fixed) location outside the US.  In parallel, recent efforts to co-organize topical and regional meetings with other materials-centric societies world-wide should continue.   These initiatives will maintain the visibility of MRS as materials societies in the developing world grow in size and stature, and they will help to spread the MRS DNA – its guiding principles - globally.

MRS publications are the other key product of the Society.  Scientific publishing is today a fast-growing and very competitive business, and one that is ripe for technological disruption.  In spite of the risk that the practices of authors and readers may change suddenly and unpredictably in the future, I believe that MRS should continue to expand its book and journal offerings.  Doing this requires identifying promising new themes and formats quickly, and providing sufficient editorial resources to attract the very best content.  It is essential that we can clearly articulate to authors why they should publish their best work with MRS.  Continued leadership by the Board of Directors is needed to harness new technologies that blend MRS publications and meetings.  Capturing and archiving meeting content and making it available to a world-wide audience of materials researchers has the potential to further enhance the international reach of MRS and to better serve a growing membership.