9th Annual MRS Poster Competition


The 9th Annual Poster Competition held by MRS on March 31st, 2022 at the Klaus Advanced Computing building was a huge success!


36 students presented their posters in 7 different categories, and more than $5000 overall was awarded in prize money to the winners across the different categories.


The poster categories were as follows:

  • Undergraduate students
  • First year graduate students
  • Bio and Bio-inspired materials
  • Energy & Electronic materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Polymers
  • Structural materials


Thank you to all our sponsors, participants, judges, and everyone else who came out to the event. The competition could not have gone so smoothly and successfully without everyone!


We look forward to welcoming everyone back next year for our Annual Poster Competition and hope to make it an even bigger success!



Oct. 25th Social Event: Urban Tree Cidery

Where: Urban Tree Cidery

Date and Time: Friday, Oct. 25 6:00pm-9:00pm


With the weather finally cooling down, MRS has de-cider-ed it’s time to celebrate fall. Join us at Urban Tree Cidery this Friday, Oct. 25th from 6-9pm to start a gourd weekend. The only downcider is that they don’t serve food, but feel free to bring your own.

Hope to see you there!

Oct. 25th Industry Speaker: Murata

Title: Advanced Electrolyte Design at Murata

Speaker: Seth Berbano, Marketing Specialist, Murata Electronics

Date and Time: Friday, Oct. 25 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: College of Computing 053


Abstract: This talk will start with a literature review on cold sintering of solid electrolyte and cathode battery materials. Cold sintering at temperatures < 300C allows a way to sinter unique composites. In the non technical portion, information about Murata Electronics North America, Inc. (a subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.) will be shared. Murata Manufacturing is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of electronic components (capacitors, filters, batteries, etc.) and Wi-FiTM & Bluetooth® modules. Murata Manufacturing has ~ $14 billion in annual sales thanks to ~ 80,000 talented employees (https://www.murata.com/).


Bio: Seth Berbano is currently a Technology Marketing Specialist and previously was a Research Scientist at Murata. He got his B.S. in Materials Engineering from Iowa State in 2011 and received his Ph.D. from Penn State in 2016. He worked on low temperature processing of oxide and sulfide solid electrolytes with Profs. Clive Randall & Michael Lanagan. Seth was the first to publish on cold sintering of solid electrolyte ceramics and ceramic polymer composites for solid batteries. He’s committed to collaboration and teamwork and likes music and basketball.