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Susan Andrea Bernal Lopez to Receive The Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science

November 02, 2021
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Eileen Kiley
Director of Programs
Materials Research Society

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has selected Susan Andrea Bernal Lopez, University of Leeds, as the 2021 recipient of The Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science. This honor recognizes significant novel contributions to materials science by a young researcher in the early stages of his or her career.

Bernal Lopez will be recognized at the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting during the MRS Award Recipients—Lightning Talks and Panel Discussion virtual event on Tuesday, December 7, at 12:00 pm (EST). During this event, she will present her lecture, Cementing a Low-Carbon Future Infrastructure, and serve as a panelist with fellow award recipients.

Bernal Lopez is professor of Structural Materials, Materials and Structures Group lead (>50 members) at the School of Civil Engineering at University of Leeds. She was awarded the 2016 RILEM Gustavo Colonnetti Medal and 2020 IOM3 Rosenhain Medal in recognition of her distinguished contributions to cementitious materials science and engineering. With >15+ years of experience, Bernal Lopez and her team’s research centers on development of solutions for decarbonized future infrastructure, including waste valorization for developing new low carbon cementitious materials; understanding interaction between concrete materials and the environment; and development of infrastructure for circularity and well-being, among others. She serves as Deputy Director of the UKRI-ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Network Plus (>420 members), and Deputy Chair of the largest international RILEM Technical Committee - RILEM TC 281-CCC on carbonation of concretes with supplementary cementitious materials (>100 members).

Photo of Bernal Lopez available upon request at mrs.org/contact. 

About the Materials Research Society

MRS is an organization of more than 11,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government worldwide, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life. MRS members are students and professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans over 80 countries, with 45 percent of members residing outside the United States.

MRS serves and engages members across generations to advance their careers and promote materials research and innovation. The Society produces high-quality meetings and publications, assuring that members of all career stages can present and publish their most important and timely work to an international and interdisciplinary audience. MRS continues to expand its professional development portfolio, as well as promote diversity and inclusion in the scientific workforce, with career services for researchers worldwide. The Society advocates for the importance of scientific research and innovation to policymakers and the community. And the MRS Awards program honors those whose work has already had a major impact in the field, as well as those whose work shows great promise for future leadership.

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