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Two McCormick Professors Honored by Materials Research Society

Vinayak Dravid and David N. Seidman named 2010 MRS Fellows

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April 26, 2010

Vinayak Dravid
Vinayak Dravid

David N. Seidman
David N. Seidman

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Vinayak Dravid and David N. Seidman, professors in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, have been named 2010 MRS Fellows by the Materials Research Society (MRS).

The fellowship honors MRS members for distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the worldwide advancement of materials research. Each year, only up to 0.2 percent of MRS members are selected for the honor.

Dravid is professor of materials science and engineering and director of the University's NUANCE Center (Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center). He is recognized for sustained seminal contributions to the science and technology of advanced materials using the power of electron and scanned probes and for his passionate commitment to facility infrastructure development.

Seidman is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of materials science and engineering and founding director of NUCAPT (Northwestern University Center for Atom-Probe Tomography). He is recognized for pioneering achievements involving experiments and simulations and for understanding internal interfaces associated with precipitates, dispersoids and grain or heterophase boundaries in a wide range of hard materials.

Dravid's research interests revolve around nanoscale phenomena in materials. Some previous honors include being named to the inaugural class of Microscopy Society of America (MSA) fellows, the Richard M. Fulrath Award from the American Ceramic Society and a McCormick Faculty Excellence Award. He serves or has served as editor or reviewer for a number of publications, including editor of the journal Microscopy and Microanalysis and principal editor of the Journal of Materials Research. Dravid serves as the coordinator for global program development at McCormick.

In his research, Seidman aims to understand physical phenomena on an atomic scale in a wide range of material systems. He will give the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Institute of Metals Lecture and receive the Robert Franklin Mehl Award for 2011 at the 140th TMS meeting in San Diego. He was selected as the MRS 2008 Turnbull Lecturer and was the recipient of the 2006 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award from the American Society for Materials (ASM) International, where he was named a fellow in 2005. Seidman has served as editor of several scholarly publications including Interface Science, Journal of Materials Science and the Materials Research Society Bulletin. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and the TMS. Seidman also was awarded a Max Planck Research Prize of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the Alexander Von Humboldt-Stiftung Prize jointly with the late Prof. Peter Haasen

Both were honored at the 2010 MRS spring meeting in San Francisco.