• Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • Center for Materials Science and Engineering, Michael Rubner, Director

    • Materials Processing Center, Lionel Kimerling, Director

    • Microphotonics Center, George Kenney, Associate Director

  • Northeastern University

    • NASA Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing, Albert Sacco, Jr., Director

    • Electronic Materials Research Institute, Donald Heiman, Principal Investigator (PI) and Professor of Physics

  • Harvard University

    • Center for Imaging and Mesoscale Structures (CIMS), Bill Appleton, Director

    • Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    • Rowland Institute of Science, Frans Spaepen, Director

    • Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, David Weitz, Director

    • Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), Robert Westervelt, Principal Investigator (PI) and Director


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Forum The site visit team met most of the time with the leadership of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE) and the Materials Processing Center (MPC), had tours of the CMSE facilities, and conducted impromptu interviews with staff.

Facility Mission/Purpose The mission of the MIT CMSE is to foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and education in the fundamental science of materials and in the engineering of materials for specific applications. CMSE promotes collaborations among MIT faculty as well as between MIT research faculty and researchers at other universities, industry, government, and nonprofit laboratories. Collaborations are encouraged through several mechanisms including: Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs), Initiative Projects, Shared Experimental Facilities (SEFs), and Outreach Programs. The CMSE SEFs include electron microscopy, analytical, x-ray diffraction, and crystal growth facilities; these facilities are operated for both internal (MIT) and external users.

Background/Origins/History The MIT CMSE is one of 29 existing Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). MIT has been part of the MRSEC program since 1994.

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