MSE Awards Banquet

The MSE Awards banquet at the Hilton Orrington Hotel celebrates accomplishments by faculty, students, and alumni. A link to register has been sent to all alumni. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kristina Lugo. 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 2018

Distinguished Career Achievement Award
Dr. Charles Kuehmann 
(PhD '94, Olson). Dr. Kuehmann has been a leader in computational materials design since its inception. He currently leads the materials engineering organizations at both Tesla and SpaceX, driving material solutions to enable the world’s transition to a sustainable future, the commercialization of space and a multi-planetary civilization.  

Early Career Achievement Award
Dr. Nathan Guisinger
 (PhD '05, Hersam). Dr. Guisinger has developed a leading effort towards materials discovery, synthesis, characterization and processing, including the discovery of new low-dimensional materials. He is a staff scientist at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory.  

May 2017

Distinguished Career Achievement Award
Dr. Yoshio Aoki
(PhD '76, Brittain). Dr. Yoshio Aoki is the Vice President for External Collaboration of the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) one of the largest scientific research centers in Japan.

Early Career Achievement Award
Dr. Chantal Sudbrack
(PhD '04, Seidman). Dr. Chantal Sudbrack is a superalloy metallurgist with the Materials & Structures Division, High Temperature and Smart Alloys Branch of NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.


Photos from the 2018 Alumni Celebration can be found here.

View photos from the past alumni celebrations on Flickr. 
2017 Alumni Celebration
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.