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Chriss Swaney

For immediate release:
May 25, 2005

Carnegie Mellon Appoints Greg Rohrer To Head Materials Science and Engineering Department

Gregory S. Rohrer has been tapped to lead the Materials Science and Engineering Department.
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University appointed Gregory S. Rohrer to head the school's topranked Materials Science and Engineering Department. Rohrer is the W.W. Mullins Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

"Greg brings significant administrative and leadership experience to this position, including his innovative work as director of the National Science Foundation-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center," said Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering.

"I am delighted to take the reins of such a vibrant and exciting department," Rohrer said. "We will continue to build on the department's solid foundation as we develop new educational and research initiatives."

Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary activity that applies the principles of basic science and engineering to understanding the behavior, development and application of various materials. Some of the department's major research tacks include developing new materials for energy applications, bio-materials and nano-materials for magnetic, electronic and optical applications.

Rohrer joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1990 after completing his Ph.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. His research involves developing polycrystalline materials for use in structural, electrical and catalytic applications. He has penned more than 130 papers in journals, conferences and book contributions, including a textbook on structure and bonding in crystalline materials.

His research has won numerous honors. Some of the latest accolades include the Richard M. Fulrath Award from the American Ceramic Society in 2004, the Ross Coffin Purdy Award from the American Ceramic Society in 2002, the Roland P. Snow Award from the American Ceramic Society in 1998 and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator Award in 1994.

Rohrer also is active in a variety of professional societies. He has served as an associate editor of the journal of the American Ceramic Society and was elected chair of the Gordon Research conference on Solid State Studies in Ceramics in 2000.


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