Materials Science and Engineering
All of our modern conveniences, such as the worldwide web, cell phones, home air conditioners, and automobiles, were realized by advances in materials engineering. A consequence of many of these conveniences is an increase in energy production and usage, which put a substantial strain on the environment. As a materials scientist and engineer, I feel a responsibility to strive for new materials solutions for global energy problems, whether in the form of renewable energy sources, more energy-efficient processes, or sensing of environmental pollutants. Moreover, I think it is especially important to educate our engineering students on the associated technical and environmental issues, since the current generation of students will be the ones to lead major, global changes in how energy is supplied and used.