EVANSTON, Ill. --- Katherine T. Faber, professor of materials science and engineering, has been appointed the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.
Faber's expertise is in the field of ceramics, including the mechanical behavior of ceramics, ceramic composites and coatings, thermal shock and reliability. She is author of a book, a book chapter and more than 120 papers on materials for which she has been named a highly cited author by the Institute for Scientific Information.
Faber serves as Northwestern's liaison for a long-term art conservation and scientific research program with The Art Institute of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Faber's honors include the Distinguished Educator Award from the Society of Women Engineers and the Creativity Extension Award and Presidential Young Investigator Award, both from the National Science Foundation.
She is president of the American Ceramics Society, which has more than 7,000 members in 80 countries. Faber also serves on the scientific advisory committee of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.