Alumni Celebration Banquet

The Alumni Celebration Banquet at the Hilton Orrington Hotel celebrate accomplishments by faculty, students, and alumni. We are very pleased to announce the recipients of this year's NU-MSE Alumni Awards to be presented at the banquet, below.


Each year the Department of Materials Science and Engineering recognizes outstanding alumni at the Alumni Celebration in May.  Past recipients of the Early Career Achievement Award (within 15 years of NU degree) and the Distinguished Career Achievement Award are found here. See below for the current awardees.

may 2016

Early Career Achievement Award
Andrea M. Hodge
(PhD ’02, Dunand), professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California.

Distinguished Career Achievement Award
Shih-Wei Sun (PhD ’86, Wessels), former chief executive officer of United Microelectronics Corporation, Taiwan.

May 2015

Early Career Achievement Award
Jinliu “Grace” Wang (PhD,’01), Deputy assistant director of the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation, for her significant contributions to advanced magnetic disk drives while working at IBM and Hitachi and in playing a leadership role at the NSF to successfully promote academic and industry partnerships so that concepts from universities can get to market reality more quickly. 

Distinguished Career Achievement Award
Anil V. Virkar (PHD ’73), Distinguished professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Utah, for his significant contributions in developing ceramic materials for use in energy conversion and storage applications.


View photos from the past alumni celebrations on Flickr.
2016 Alumni Celebration
2015 Alumni Celebration
2014, 2013, 2012


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Featured Alumni

Photo of Deepak Ahuja

Deepak Ahuja

Deepak Ahuja (PhD) is the chief financial officer for Tesla Motors, the automotive company that has buyers salivating over high-end electric vehicles that go from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds—with zero emissions.

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Carolyn Duran

Carolyn Duran (PhD ’98), conflict minerals program manager and supply chain director at Intel Corporation, has worked to curb her company’s direct relationship to conflict minerals.