Inaugural Fine Lecture to Feature MIT Engineering Dean

The inaugural Morris E. Fine Lecture in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering will feature Subra Suresh, the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering and dean of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The lecture will take place Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Ryan Auditorium of the Technological Institute. The lecture is titled, "Materials Science at the Intersections of Nanotechnology, Life Sciences and Human Health."

Suresh holds faculty appointments in materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, biological engineering, and health sciences and technology at MIT, and served as head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from January 2000 to January 2006. He began his tenure as dean of the School of Engineering in July 2007.

Suresh's current research focuses on experimental and computational studies of the mechanical responses of single biological cells and molecules and their implications for human health and diseases. His prior and ongoing work has also led to seminal contributions in the area of nano- and micro-scale mechanical properties of engineered materials. He is the author of more than 210 research articles in international journals, coeditor of five books, and coinventor on 14 U.S. and international patents. More than 100 students, postdoctoral associates, and research scientists trained in his group occupy prominent positions in academe, industry, and government throughout the world. He has authored or coauthored three books: Fatigue of Materials, Fundamentals of Functionally Graded Materials, and Thin Film Materials.

The lecture is named in honor of Morris E. Fine, Walter P. Murphy and Technological Institute Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering in Service at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.