Women in Materials Science and Engineering

The Women in Materials Science & Engineering (MS&E) interest group provides a forum for dialog among women (and men) working in, or pursuing education towards a profession in materials science or engineering. The goal is to share ideas and strategies that may be useful in professional life and to generate ideas for promoting awareness of women's issues to the broad professional community. 

 Panel discussion among the Women in Materials Science and Engineering interest group Women in Materials Science and Engineering breakfast

August 2012: We invite and encourage all visitors to this site to view this note from MRS Awards Committee Chair C. Barry Carter regarding the importance of nominating women for MRS awards.

New icon E-newsletter

The MRS Women in Materials Science and Engineering Subcommittee and Diversity Subcommittee are pleased to announce that we will be launching a new, semi-annual e-newsletter in May 2014! Content will appeal to a large audience and will cover “Broader Impacts” topics of interest to materials scientists. To subscribe, click here and check the Women in MSE and Diversity subscription boxes. In the meantime, download this special preview article on the May Spotlight Member, Professor Rizia Bardhan of Vanderbilt University.

Women in MS&E Activities

  • Women in MS&E Breakfasts 
    Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfasts are held at both the MRS Spring and Fall Meetings and feature discussion of issues facing women in the materials science and engineering professions.  
  • Workshops 
    The Women in MS&E Subcommittee sponsors workshops at every MRS Fall Meeting. Past topics have included innovation, work-life balance, time management and negotiation. 
  • Women in MS&E Newsletters 
    Topics have included academic tenure, management and work-family balance. Archived issues are posted.

Women in MS&E Breakfasts

Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfasts are held at both the MRS Spring and Fall Meetings. These special gatherings feature a timely discussion of issues facing women in the materials science and engineering professions. They afford attendees a great opportunity to network with eminent women in MS&E from around the world. Details regarding specific Women in MS&E Breakfasts at upcoming meetings will appear on individual meeting pages (listed under Special Events). A history of speakers is available below.

 Fall 2013  |  Spring 2013  |  Fall 2012  |  Spring 2012  |  Fall 2011 
Spring 2011  |  Fall 2010  |  Spring 2010  | Fall 2009  |  Spring 2009 

Fall 2008  |  Spring 2008  | Fall 2007Spring 2007  |  Fall 2006
  

2013 MRS Fall Meeting

Strategies for a Professional STEM Career and Successful Personal Life

  • Linda S. Schadler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

*Sponsored by Aldrich Materials Science

   

In this interview from MRS TV, Linda Schadler gives advice for women on balancing professional and personal lives in an inflexible industry.


2013 MRS Spring Meeting

Diversity in STEM - Climbing the Corporate Ladder in Academia, Government and Private Industry

Magaly Spector, University of Texas at Dallas S13 Breakfast 
Dawnielle Farrar, Johns Hopkins University
Naida Lačević, NextGen Aeronautics, Inc.

*Sponsored by Aldrich Materials Science

   

In this interview from MRS TV, Dawnielle Farrar discusses the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting Women's Breakfast and the importance of women in STEM careers.



 2012 MRS Fall Meeting

Women in Engineering - A Premier Power Source  (Presentation PDF)

F12 Gwendolyn Boyd
  • Gwendolyn Boyd, Johns Hopkins University

*Sponsored by Aldrich Materials Science



 2012 MRS Spring Meeting

Three Degrees Above Zero (Virtual Presentation)S12 Breakfast

  • Kristi S. Anseth, University of Colorado, Boulder

*Sponsored by Aldrich Materials Science



 2011 MRS Fall Meeting

Unpacking Gender: Men and Women in Science, Technology and MoreF11-Women-in-Materials-Science-and-Engineering-Breakfast 

  • Debbie Chachra, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

*Sponsored by Aldrich Materials Science



 2011 MRS Spring Meeting

S11-Women in Materials Science and Engineering BreakfastWomen and Materials Science and Engineering – is the “Leaky Pipeline” the Wrong Metaphor? (Presentation PDF

  • Fiona M. Doyle, University of California
  • Donald H. McLaughlin, University of California 

*Sponsored by Aldrich Materials Science & FEI Company


 

 2010 MRS Fall Meeting

Girls in STEM – Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists F10-Women-in-Materials-Science-and-Engineering-Breakfast

  • Jennifer Stancil, WQED Pittsburgh

*Sponsored by Aldrich Materials Science


 

 2010 MRS Spring Meeting

Do Babies Matter in Science? (Presentation PDF

  • Mary Ann Mason, Berkeley Law Center of Health, Economic and Family Security (CHEFS)

*Sponsored by Aldrich Materials Science



 2009 MRS Fall Meeting

Not Reinventing the Wheel: What Women in the MRS can learn from the experience of the Women in the APS (Presentation PDFF09-Women-in-Materials-Science-and-Engineering-Breakfast

  • Catherine L. Fiore, MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) and Alcator Project

*Sponsored by Sigma Aldrich



2009 MRS Spring Meeting

Future Challenges Bring New Opportunities in Materials Research 

  • Dr. Gregg A. Zank, Dow Corning Corporation 

*Sponsored by Dow Corning Corporation



2008 MRS Fall Meeting

Women in Materials Research and Education--Looking Back, Racing Forward 

  • Zakya H. Kafafi, National Science Foundation

*Sponsored by Sigma Aldrich



2008 MRS Spring Meeting

How I Got Here!  

Moderator

  • Alejandra Camacho, Intel Corporation

Panelists

  • Zhenan Bao, Stanford University
  • Susan Ermer, Lockheed Advanced Technology Systems
  • Ethel Poire, EP Laboratories


2007 MRS Fall Meeting

The Role of Professional Societies in Promoting Women: Case Study--MRS

  • Cynthia Volkert, University of Göttingen

*Sponsored by:

  • Agilent Technologies
  • EP Laboratories
  • FEI Company
  • Sigma-Aldrich Corporation


2007 MRS Spring Meeting

Beyond Bias and Barriers--Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering

  • Joanna Mirecki Millunchick, University of Michigan


2006 MRS Fall Meeting

Women in the Materials Science Industry: Is it Really More Money and Just as Much Fun?  

Moderator

  • Sandra Yulke, Yale University

Panelists

  • Lucille Giannuzzi, FEI Company
  • Lynne Gignac, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Pradnya Nagarkar, 3M Company
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