Colloquia & Seminars
Jerome B. Cohen Lectures


Jerome Cohen

Jerome Cohen joined the Northwestern faculty in 1959 as an assistant professor of materials science in what is now the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He was promoted to associate professor in 1961 and full professor in 1965 and was named Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in 1974 and the first Technological Institute Professor in 1984. He served as department chair from 1973 to 1978 and as dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1986 to 1999.

Dean Cohen’s research centered on measurements of residual stress, thermodynamics, ordering, clustering of defects, and phase transitions. The consummate materials scientist, he included metals, ceramics, and polymers in his studies. While dean, he continued to carry out research on the role of x-ray diffraction in allowing scientists and engineers to understand material structure and its relationship to properties and performance. He was a major contributor to the effort to build the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory and initiated the discussions with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and later Dow Chemical Company to establish the DND-CAT, one of the leading experimental research facilities at the APS.

Dean Cohen received SB and ScD degrees in metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an honorary doctorate from Linköping University in Sweden. His awards included the 1981 Howe Medal of the American Society for Metals (ASM) and the 1992 Acta Metallurgica Gold Medal. In addition to being elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993, Dean Cohen was a fellow of ASM International and the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) and an honorary member of the Japan Institute of Metals.

Previous Speakers

Nobel Laureate, Shuji Nakamura, University of California-Santa Barbara
"The Invention of High Efficient Blue LEDs and Future Lighting”
April 12, 2016

Nobel Laureate, Dan Schechtman, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
"Technological Entrepreneurship – a Key to World Peace and Prosperity"
"Quasi-Periodic Crystals –  A Paradigm Shift In Crystallography”
October 20-21, 2014

Peter Fratzl, Max Plank Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Germany)
"Studying Bone Growth, Remodeling, and Regeneration Through Multiscale Imaging"
"Nanostructure and Mechanical Function of Natural Hybrid Materials"
Apr. 23-25, 2013

Knut Urban, Research Centre Juelich, Germany
"Diving into the World of Atoms: Picometer Electron Microscopy"
"Pushing the Frontiers: Insight into Transmission Electron Microscopy"
"The White Spot on the Map: Complex Metallic Alloys"
Apr. 23-25, 2012

Emily Carter, Princeton University
"Contributing to Efficient Power Generation: Atomic-scale Insight into Thermal Barrier Coating from Quantum Mechanics"
"Mechanical Evaluation of Energy Conversion Materials for Generating Electricity and Fuels"
"Contributing to Efficient Power Generation: Atomic-scale Insight into Thermal Barrier Coating from Quantum Mechanics"
Jun. 1-3, 2011

Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University
"Actuated “Spiny” Surfaces à la Echinoderms: En Route for Adaptive Materials"
Creatures that See through Their Bones and Illuminated Glass Houses of the Deep: Lessons in Optics and Mechanics from Marine Organisms"
"Bio-Inspired Approaches to Crystal Design"
May 12-14, 2010