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Leading by example

The facilities and instrumentation of the Materials Science & Engineering Center have gained quite a reputation in both the academic and industry communities, with good reason. However, the faculty and staff of the Materials Science and Engineering program have been making the headlines around here for quite some time, and they continue to impress on local, state and national levels.

Whether they are securing federal grants to support student-faculty collaborative research, accepting teaching awards from the UW System Board of Regents, or mentoring students in advanced undergraduate research, the materials science faculty are experts and well-known leaders in this growing academic field.

One tremendous advantage our program offers over others is that unlike materials science programs at larger universities, our courses are taught 100% by our faculty. Teaching assistants, TA’s, are a wonderful asset to undergraduate programs, and can do a great job in supplementing academic offerings at big schools. On this campus, however, we offer the faculty experts themselves delivering all lectures, instruction and research mentoring, a decision making factor that was not lost on recent graduate and Rhodes Scholar Tayo Sanders.

I wanted to come to a school like UW-Eau Claire because I wanted to interact with the people who have the most knowledge to share — the professors. Knowing that professors, not TA's, teach every class here was huge for me.

Tayo Sanders III, '15 Materials Science, Rhodes Scholar

Faculty members win awards for providing meaningful mentoring, research opportunities for Blugolds

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs hands out special awards to faculty for outstanding work with students involved in research at UW-Eau Claire.

Amazing mentor

Matt Jewell awarded $750,000 DOE grant

Dr. Matt Jewell, has been awarded a five-year $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to fund a faculty-student research project that seeks to improve superconductor technology in the medical and science fields.

National funding

The heart of the matter: Why UWEC for engineering

Dr. Marc McEllistrem makes the case for the materials science and engineering program at UW-Eau Claire as the best four-year option in the area.

Best option

Grants support faculty-student research of polymeric materials

Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski, assistant professor of materials science at UW-Eau Claire, has received $105,000 in grant money to continue student-faculty collaborative research related to new polymeric materials.

Grants go far

Meet the experts who make MS+E a success:

Doug Dunham
  • Ph. D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Physics)
  • M.S. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Physics)
  • B.A. Beloit College (Physics)
Teaching Interests
  • Materials Characterization
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Physics of Solids
  • CAD
Research Interests
  • Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials. 
Marc McEllistrem
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Chemistry)
  • B.S., University of Kentucky (Chemistry)
Teaching Interests
  • Chemistry (Introductory, Analytical, Physical)
  • Materials Science (Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced)
Research Interests
  • Characterization of surfaces and surface chemistry
  • Characterization and development of graphene-based materials
  • Characterization and development of biologically-modified materials
Elizabeth Glogowski
  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Polymer Science & Engineering)
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Polymer Science & Engineering)
  • B.S., Carnegie Mellon University (Chemistry and French)
Teaching Interests
  • Soft materials
  • Materials characterization
  • Materials science seminar
  • Organic chemistry
Research Interests
  • Polymer synthesis
  • Smart polymer characterization
  • Control of smart polymer self-assembly
  • Colloidal synthesis, functionalization, and characterization
Jennifer Golat
Matt Jewell
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison (Materials Science)
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison (Materials Science)
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison (Materials Science &Engineering)
Teaching Interests
  • Phase transformations
  • Macroprocessing of materials
  • Senior capstone
Research Interests
  •  Superconducting materials
Ying Ma
  • Ph.D., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (Materials Science and Engineering)
  • M.S., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (Materials Science and Engineering)
  • B.S., University of Science and Technology, Beijing (Materials Physics)
Teaching Interests
  • Thermodynamics of Materials
  • Physics of Solids
Research Interests
  • Computational Materials
  • Energy Materials
Laurel McEllistrem
Anthony Wagner
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