Awards and Accolades News

  • Aug 17
    2020
    Professor Craig Hawker receives the 2021 Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success, a national award of the American Chemical Society. The citation for the award is: "In recognition of Dr. Hawker's innovative leadership in creating, developing, and commercializing revolutionary polymer-based therapeutics and personal care products through multiple successful start... read more »
  • Jun 22
    2020
    For UC Santa Barbara materials scientist Omar Saleh and synthetic biologist Enoch Yeung, there is no machine or material more inspiring and innovative than living tissue, no process more fascinating than life. “The most biologically important thing that happens in the cell’s nucleus is that there are genes, the genes get read and turned into proteins and you get all of... read more »
  • Jun 15
    2020
     Mayela Aldaz Cervantes receives the University Award of Distinction this spring. The award recognizes students who have contributed greatly to the quality of life by providing unselfish service to others within a particular area.    Advised by Mehrabian Distinguished Professor of Materials Carlos G. Levi, Aldaz Cervantes is a PhD candidate in the Materials Department.... read more »
  • May 19
    2020
    Professor Frank Zok will receive the 2020 Nadai Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was selected for the Medal, “for advancing the understanding of the design and performance of structural materials, including ceramic and metal composites as well as lattice materials, through the development of novel test protocols, theoretical and... read more »
  • Jan 22
    2020
    For “pioneering discoveries, synthesis and commercial development of Gallium nitride LEDs and their use in sustainable solid-state light sources, which are reducing global greenhouse gas emissions while also reducing costs to those adopting this technology,” Nakamura has been selected to receive the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 2020 Award for the Industrial... read more »
  • Jan 1
    2020
    UCSB Materials Department Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of the Materials Research Laboratory Tony Cheetham has been conferred as a Knights Bachelor of the Great Britain. The honor of knighthood of the United Kingdom comes from the days of medieval chivalry and is conferred by accolade from the sovereign. The honor of knighthood is given for a pre-eminent... read more »
  • Dec 16
    2019
    Professor Shuji Nakamura has been selected to receive the 2019 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy. The biennial award, bestowed by the University of Louisville (UofL), is meant to to “acknowledge, publicize and disseminate outstanding ideas and achievements in research related to the sciences, engineering, technology and commercialization of renewable energy.” “It... read more »
  • Dec 4
    2019
    UCSB Materials Department Professor Michael Chabinyc has been elected as fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Michael is among the 168 prolific academic innovators from around the world to earn fellow status for 2019. The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding... read more »
  • Nov 26
    2019
    Professor Emeritus and Research Professor Bob Odette elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is recognized “For outstanding contributions to understanding and predicting the microstructural evolution and mechanical property changes of structural materials in challenging nuclear, chemical, and thermal environments”. Odette’s interests... read more »
  • Nov 21
    2019
    Seventeen UC Santa Barbara researchers have been named among the most influential scientists in the world, according to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers released by Clarivative Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). The annual list recognizes researchers in the sciences and social sciences who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and... read more »
  • Sep 30
    2019
    Professor Shuji Nakamura among the newest fellows of U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering UC Santa Barbara professor and Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura is adding yet another accolade to his long list of honors: election to the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is one of only four International Fellows selected by the United Kingdom’s national academy of engineering for 2019... read more »
  • Sep 24
    2019
    University  of  California,  Santa  Barbara  graduate  student  awarded  Department  of  Energy      fellowship Lauren Smith, a doctoral student in Materials Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been awarded a Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) to support her research... read more »
  • Sep 20
    2019
    Two UCSB Materials Department faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) for 2019. Prof. Omar Saleh, Professor of Materials and Biomolecular Science and Engineering was selected by the Division of Biological Physics “for outstanding contributions to single-molecule biophysics, including development of magnetic tweezer instrumentation... read more »
  • Sep 16
    2019
    People tend to only think about energy storage when their laptop or cellphone batteries are running out of juice. However, energy storage is a key concept for utility companies, who are constantly managing the supply and demand of energy on the electrical grid. The more variability that exists in supply and demand, the more difficult it is to stabilize the electrical grid... read more »
  • Sep 16
    2019
    UC Santa Barbara hosts the nation’s first NSF-funded Quantum Foundry, a center for developing materials and devices for quantum information-based technologies. We hear a lot these days about the coming quantum revolution. Efforts to understand, develop, and characterize quantum materials — defined broadly as those displaying characteristics that can be explained only by... read more »
  • Aug 21
    2019
    Prof. Craig Hawker and Prof. Michael Chabinyc have authored commentaries in Nature Reviews Materials on professional development for graduate students.     In “A generosity of spirit”, Prof. Hawker discusses the importance of developing research networks and mentoring in both academic and industrial careers. In “Finding and... read more »
  • Jun 17
    2019
    Professor Chris Bates has received a 2019-2020 Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship. "The purpose of the Hellman Fellows program is to provide substantial support for the research of promising assistant professors who have served at least two years at the assistant professor level, and who show capacity for great distinction in their research." Congratulations Chris!
  • Apr 29
    2019
    Professor Susanne Stemmer has received the UCSB Faculty Senate Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award for 2018-2019. This award recognizes her outstanding contributions in training graduate students for careers in research and teaching. During her career at UCSB, she has graduated 16 Ph.D. students and 6 M.S. students along with mentoring of many post-doctoral students. Her... read more »
  • Apr 17
    2019
    Professor Rachel A. Segalman, Edward Noble Kramer Professor and Chemical Engineering Department Chair and Professor, Materials Department at UC Santa Barbara, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The Induction weekend will begin with an event on... read more »
  • Mar 21
    2019
    Professor Michael Chabinyc, Chair of the Materials Department at the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), a distinction that “recognizes outstanding contributions to the field, including research, leadership, and service that have advanced the mission of the materials community world-wide.” read more
  • Mar 12
    2019
    In its annual ranking of leading graduate and professional programs at American universities, U.S. News & World Report magazine has rated two of UC Santa Barbara’s programs among the top 10 in the nation. In the 2020 U.S. News list of “Best Graduate Schools,” UC Santa Barbara’s materials program is ranked No. 1 among public institutions and No. 3 overall. The spots... read more »
  • Mar 5
    2019
    It will be a feat of engineering and physics at the smallest scales, but it could open the biggest doors — to new science and more advanced technologies. UC Santa Barbara physicists Ania Jayich and David Weld, and materials scientist Kunal Mukherjee, are teaming up to build an atom-defect hybrid quantum system — a sensor technology that would use the power of quantum... read more »
  • Feb 14
    2019
    UCSB Materials and Mechanical Engineering Professor Irene Beyerlein has been honored with two separate awards from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).  The Awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner of the 2019 TMS Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, March 13, 2019. First, Prof. Beyerlein is the recipient of the TMS 2019 Brimacombe Medal.  This mid-... read more »
  • Feb 14
    2019
    The Materials Department is pleased to announce a new professorship, the Mehrabian Interdisciplinary Endowed Chair.  This Chaired Professorship was established by Robert and Victoria Mehrabian, longtime friends and benefactors of the UCSB College of Engineering, to support the scholarly activities of a faculty member jointly appointed between the... read more »
  • Feb 14
    2019
    UCSB engineering Professor John Bowers’ group develops a high-performance quantum dot mode-locked laser on silicon. “The level of data traffic in the world is going up very, very fast,” said Bowers, co-author of a paper on the new technology in the journal Optica. Generally speaking, he explained, the transmission and data capacity of state-of-the-art... read more »