2021 MRS Spring Meeting

Women in MS&E Keynote Presentation: Perspectives and Take-Aways from the Global Pandemic

Wednesday, April 21
4:15 pm – 5:45 pm ET

The Materials Research Society's Women in Materials Science and Engineering Working Group is pleased to offer this timely keynote presentation, Perspectives and Take-Aways from the Global Pandemic.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of daily life, including impacting the work of materials scientists and engineers across the globe. In the context of their careers, women have experienced some of these changes as positive, and others as detrimental. During this keynote event, four women in MS&E with different career backgrounds and representing a variety of global locations, will come together to discuss the impacts that the pandemic has had on their lives and work. Our panelists will discuss the influence of the pandemic on research and work productivity, collaboration and networking, leadership, career trajectory, and personal circumstances such as caregiving, in the context of the pandemic. Following the discussion, there will be a moderated Q&A session by Rebecca Anthony, Chair, Women in Materials Science & Engineering group, for participants to engage with our panelists. Our distinguished guests are Payel Chatterjee, Mmantsae Diale, Joanne Etheridge, and Sandra Young.

This long-standing, well-attended bi-annual event is intended to promote interaction across various ethnic, cultural and gender boundaries and facilitate dialog among women (and men) working in, or pursuing education towards a profession in materials science or engineering. Our goal is to increase awareness by promoting a tone of inclusion that enhances professional growth and development and aids in the generation of innovative technical ideas that positively impact the broader STEM community. Please be sure to join us!



Rebecca Anthony

Rebecca Anthony, Michigan State University

Rebecca Anthony is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan State University.  Her current research interests include plasma syntheses across pressure regimes for novel and hierarchical nanomaterials, and mechanical behavior of thin-film nanocrystal composites.  Rebecca currently chairs the Women in Materials Science and Engineering working group at MRS, and has been a member of the society for more than 10 years.





Payel Chatterjee

Payel Chatterjee, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Payel Chatterjee is a PhD research scholar pursuing her PhD degree in experimental condensed matter physics at the Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her research focuses on the study of low dimensional spin textures, such as skyrmions, in magnetic thin films grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy, for Spintronic application. She received her MSc degree in physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi). She is a third year PhD student and will graduate in November 2022.



Mmantsae Diale

Mmantsae Diale, University of Pretoria

Mmantsae Diale is an associate professor of physics and South African Research Chair in clean and green energy at the Department of Physics, University of Pretoria. She is a device physicist with wide experience in solar cells and photoelectrochemical devices. Her research interests include materials for energy storage and conversion, and their characterization via in-situ and operando synchrotron and neutron radiation experiments. She earned her MSc degree in physics from the MEDUNSA in South Africa and her PhD degree in physics from the University of Pretoria. Diale currently serves as an expert and leader in several national and international committees, boards and initiatives for renewable energy solutions.


Joanne Etheridge

Joanne Etheridge, Monash University

Joanne Etheridge is the founding Director of the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy and a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University. She obtained a degree and PhD degree in physics from the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, respectively, before appointments at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy and Newnham College, including a Rosalind Franklin Research Fellowship and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. She returned to Melbourne to join Monash University, where she established the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy.  She conducts research in the theory and development of new electron scattering methods for determining the atomic and electronic structure of condensed matter.  She also applies these methods to the study of structure-property relationships in functional materials. Etheridge is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Sandra Young

Sandra K. Young, Materials Science ITC Indo-Pacific Office, U. S. Army Combat Capabilities and Development Command, Tokyo, Japan

Sandra Young is currently serving as the Research Director for Materials Science for Combat Capabilities and Development Command (DEVCOM) in the ITC Indo-Pacific office, Tokyo, Japan.  She networks DEVCOM Scientists, Engineers and other technical professionals with counterparts in Indo-Pacific, exploring cutting edge research and letting grants on topics of relevance for DEVCOM. She earned her PhD degree in polymer science and engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MBA in international business from University of Maryland – College Park. Young has spent over 20 years working as a civilian for the US Army (15 years at the US Army Research Lab).  She is an American Chemical Society Fellow, a member of the Materials Research Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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