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Meeting Chairs

Message from the Meeting Chairs

The following served as chairs for the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting. Click each name to read his or her biography.

Christopher J. Bettinger
Carnegie Mellon University

Stefan A. Maier
Imperial College London

Alfonso H.W. Ngan
University of Hong Kong

W. Jud Ready
Georgia Institute of Technology

Eli A. Sutter
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
In this MRS TV interview from the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting, chairs Eli Sutter and Alfonso Ngan recap the Meeting and talk about the experience of being an MRS Meeting Chair.

Christopher J. Bettinger, Carnegie Mellon University

Christopher Bettinger is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the departments of materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering. He directs the laboratory for biomaterials-based microsystems and electronics at CMU, which is broadly interested in the design of novel materials and interfaces that integrate medical devices with the human body. Recent efforts focus on flexible electronics for neural interfaces edible electronics for ingestible diagnostics and therapeutics. Chris has published over 60 articles and has delivered over 50 invited seminars. Chris has received honors including the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research, the ACS AkzoNobel Award for Polymer Chemistry, the MIT Tech Review TR35 Top Young Innovator under 35, and the DARPA Young Investigator Award. Bettinger is also a co-inventor on several patents, a finalist in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, and co-founder and CTO of Ancure, an early stage medical device company. Bettinger received an S.B. in chemical engineering, an M.Eng. in biomedical engineering, and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering as a Charles Stark Draper Fellow, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the department of chemical engineering as an NIH Ruth Kirschstein Fellow.

Stefan A. Maier, Imperial College London

Stefan Maier graduated from Caltech with a Ph.D. in applied physics in 2003. After his first academic position at the University of Bath (UK), he joined Imperial College London and took up a chair in nanophotonics. He is co-director of the college’s Centre for Plasmonics and Metamaterials, deputy head of the Experimental Solid State Physics Group, and leads a research group investigating fundamental and applied aspects of nanophotonics, nanoplasmonics and metamaterials. A fellow of OSA, his research was further recognized by the Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences, the Paterson Medal of the Institute of Physics (UK) and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. Stefan currently serves as associate editor for the journal ACS Photonics.

Alfonso H.W. Ngan, University of Hong Kong

Alfonso H.W. Ngan is currently Kingboard Professor in Materials Engineering, Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as associate dean of engineering, at the University of Hong Kong. He obtained his BSc(Eng) degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1989, and Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. in 1992. After a year of postdoctoral training at Oxford University, he joined HKU as a lecturer in 1993, and was promoted through the ranks to chair professorship in 2011.

Ngan’s research work is focused on the microstructural basis of properties of engineering materials, and, in particular, crystalline defects and their modeling, and more recently, nanomechanics including applications to biological systems. He has published over 180 ISI papers, and co-authored two books. His research-related honors include the prestigious Rosenhain Medal and Prize from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, U.K., in 2007—he is the only non-British national so far to receive this award since its establishment in 1951. He was also awarded a higher doctorate (DSc) from his alma mater the University of Birmingham in 2008, and the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship in 2009 which is perhaps the highest honor awarded to academics in Hong Kong. In 2014, he was elected to the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is a well sought-after journal reviewer and he won the Outstanding Reviewer Award of Scripta Materialia four times, in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. He has organized a number of conferences, including Dislocations 2008 and Gordon Research Conference on Nanomechanical Interfaces in 2013, both held in Hong Kong. He is a member of the Hong Kong Advisory Board for Gordon Research Conferences.

W. Jud Ready, Georgia Institute of Technology

W. Jud Ready is the deputy director, Innovation Initiatives for the Georgia Tech Institute for Materials. He has also been an adjunct professor in the School of Materials Science & Engineering at Georgia Tech and a principal research engineer on the research faculty of Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) for over a dozen years. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty, he worked for a major military contractor (General Dynamics) as well as in small business (MicroCoating Technologies). He has served as PI or co-PI for grants totaling ~$16M awarded by the Army, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, NASA, NSF, NIST, industry, charitable foundations and the states of Georgia and Florida. His current research focuses primarily on energy, aerospace, nanomaterial applications and electronics reliability. Ready has published numerous refereed publications on electronic and nanoscale materials and his research developments have been presented at well-over two dozen international conferences. He has served as an expert witness in criminal and civil cases and he has provided testimony to the Georgia State House Science & Technology Committee. He has patents awarded in the United States (#6,846,370; 6,994,757; 8,350,146; 8,474,805; 8,604,681; 8,774,890; 8,919,752; 9,058,954) and abroad, with several others pending in the U.S. and abroad as well.

The Electronic, Magnetic and Photonic Materials Division (EMPMD) of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) named Dr. Ready as a 2002 “Young Leader.” He has served as chair for the TMS Nanotechnology Committee, TMS Education Committee and TMS Membership & Student Development Committee. He was elected to the TMS Board in 2005 (Director, Membership & Student Development) and again in 2010 (Director, Content Development & Dissemination). In 2015, he received the Brimacombe Medal from TMS that rewards a mid-career individuals for sustained excellence and achievement in business, technology, education, public policy, or science related to materials science and engineering. Dr. Ready is also the recipient of the “Innovative Research Award” by GTRI in 2013; the “Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award” by the Georgia Institute of Technology (2009); the “Young Leader International Scholar Award” by the Japan Institute of Metals (2005); and the “Red Flag Award” by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (2001). Dr. Ready also serves on the TMS Electronic Packaging and Interconnect Materials Committee and the TMS Public and Government Affairs Committee.

Eli A. Sutter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Eli Sutter is a professor of mechanical and materials engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in condensed matter physics from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in Bulgaria. She then held postdoctoral positions at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2000 till 2004 she was an assistant professor (tenure track) in physics at the Colorado School of Mines. Before joining the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in June 2015, she spent almost 12 years as scientist in the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Her research focuses on in-situ transmission electron microscopy of nanomaterials at variable temperatures and in different environments. She has co-authored more than 160 scientific publications and holds 7 US Patents. She received a Scientific American 50 award for Ultra-measurements (2007), the Sapphire Prize (2011) and Battelle Inventor of the Year Award (2015). She served as a co-chair of the International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology held in Vail (CO) in 2014.