Faculty Directory
Katherine Faber

Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Co-Director, Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies In the Arts (NU-ACCESS)

Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science California Institute of Technology


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208

Email Katherine Faber


Materials Science and Engineering


Ph.D. Materials Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA

M.S. Ceramic Science, Penn State, University Park, PA

Course work in the Department of Ceramics Glasses and Polymers, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England

B.S. Ceramic Engineering, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Significant Recognition

  • Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 2004
  • Fellow, ASM International, 2003
  • ISI Highly Cited in Materials, 2002
  • NSF Creativity Extension Award, 2001-2003
  • YWCA Achievement Award for Education, 1997
  • Distinguished Educator Award, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), 1995
  • Fellow, ACerS, 1992
  • Ralph A. Teetor Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, 1989
  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1984–89
  • AT&T Foundation Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, 1986
  • IBM Faculty Development Award, 1984

Significant Professional Service

  • John F. McMahon Memorial Lecture, Alfred University, 2006
  • President, American Ceramic Society 2006-07
  • Scientific Advisory Committee of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Lab, 2005-07
  • University Materials Council, Chair, 2001-02
  • Member, Academy of Ceramics, 1996
  • President, Ceramic Educational Council, ACerS, 1989–90