Lecture Series

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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 Voorheen - 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"