MRS Woody White Service Award

Monica Jung De Andrade

Monica Jung de Andrade
The University of Texas at Dallas

“for her eager willingness to assume multiple leadership roles, her work in engaging international students and postdocs and her numerous activities with The University of Texas at Dallas University Chapter. These contributions have impacted and engaged multiple communities within the Society including students, international members, under-represented members, industrial members and the MRS Membership at large”

Congratulations to the 2017 MRS Woody White Service Award Recipient!

The MRS Woody White Service Award honors "outstanding individuals who have embodied the Materials Research Society Mission, Vision and Values for an egalitarian interdisciplinary community advancing materials science and technology to improve the quality of life. It may be given in recognition of long-term, impactful service to the Society, as well as for special projects/programs that significantly impacted the Society."

Monica will be honored Wednesday evening at the Awards Ceremony.

About Monica Jung de Andrade

Monica Jung de Andrade is currently a research scientist in the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas. She received her BS and MS degrees from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Additionally, she earned a dual-PhD degree in the field of nanocomposites at Universite Paul Sabatier and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in 2010—both in materials science and engineering. During her dual-PhD, she also worked in Germany as a graduate visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. Jung de Andrade went on to complete her postdoctoral studies at The University of Texas at Dallas in the field of artificial muscles.

Her current research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of fiber-like hybrid smart materials and bulk nanocomposites for applications such as robotics, textiles, energy harvesting and aircraft. She has co-authored over 23 refereed publications in scientific journals (including Science and Advanced Materials), two patents, one book and five book chapters. Jung de Andrade has received several national and international awards for her achievements, including the PETROBRAS National Award of Technology in 2005 (Brazil), Most Accessed Featured article in Physica Status Solidi in 2008, the UTDallas Inventor Recognition in 2011–2014 (USA) and the Gold R&D 100 Market Disruptor Product Recognition Award in 2015 (USA).

Since her undergraduate period, she has continuously devoted her time to her community as a student representative and President of the Academic Center at her alma mater in Brazil. Upon moving to the United States, she founded the MRS-UTDallas University Chapter and became an active volunteer with the operational committees of the Materials Research Society. She has organized 12 symposia and technical events in addition to several outreach and university citizenship activities.