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Student Profile - Shawn Sallis
Shawn Sallis at the Fall 2012 meeting of the Material Research Society with his poster "Correlating p-type Doping with the Charge State of Copper in BiCuOSe."

Congratulations to graduate student Shawn Sallis for winning the Best Poster prize from Symposium Z (Oxide Semiconductor) at the Fall 2012 Material Research Society meeting. Shawn is using a combination of x-ray spectroscopic techniques to study the electronic structure and surface chemistry of functional metal oxides with Prof. Piper.

flexible electronics lab

What is materials science and engineering?

What is materials science and engineering?

Materials pose a central challenge to advancing the many technologies facing our world. Materials science – an interdisciplinary field that studies solid matter – brings chemistry, physics and engineering together to look at how materials can be used to advance our energy independence, medical devices and electronic devices such as flexible electronics. Through the study of materials, students can tackle the infinite number of issues related to our world’s crumbling infrastructure.

At Binghamton, the departments of Chemistry, Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Systems Science & Industrial Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering are associated with the Materials Science and Engineering Program. Students choosing to study materials can work with faculty and researchers in these departments to investigate fundamental scientific issues and then take their findings to the commercial level, where they can actually observe their discoveries being put to use.

From the smallest of the small to the opposite end of the spectrum, our students develop a foundation in the principles of materials science, selecting an atomic/nano approach or a bulk/macro approach. This foundation is then coupled with specialized knowledge in one area of materials, such as:

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Last Updated: 6/18/15