The Van Vlack Lectureship series was established in honor of Lawrence H. Van Vlack, whose seminal introductory textbooks defined the field of materials science and engineering. It is awarded annually to a materials scientist or engineer of distinguished accomplishment.
Past Honorees of the Van Vlack Lectureship:
2001 - Michael F. Ashby
2002 - William D. Nix
2003 - Mildred S. Dresselhaus
2004 - Larry L. Hench
2005 - John W. Cahn
2006 - Ali S. Argon
2007 - Manfred Ruehle
2008 - A. H. Heuer
2009 - Edwin (Ned) Thomas
2011 - Frans Spaepen
2012 - Edward J. Kramer
2013 - Harry A. Atwater
2014 - Joanna Aizenberg - Lecture video: "Stealing from Nature: Bioinspired Materials of the Future"
2015 - Peter Voorhees - Lecture video: "Watching Microstructure Evolve in Three Dimensions"
2016 - William L. Johnson Lecture videos: "What are Glasses?: Atomic Organization and the Price of Non-Conformity" and "Science and Technology of Metallic Glasses"
2017 Bicentennial Lecture: "Quasi-Periodic Crystals"