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Materials Science and Engineering Division Centennial Celebration


To celebrate the rich history and accomplishments of Materials Science and Engineering Division, including 100 years of metallurgy in the Metallurgy Division and 100 years of polymers, including 50 years in the Polymers Division.

Foster a sense of shared history, community, and connection between the past, the present, and the future.

To this end, we invited several speakers from each of the former Divisions. We sought out individuals who can speak to key scientific breakthroughs in the history of these Divisions and offer personal anecdotes to give people a feeling of why certain areas were pursued, what were the personalities of the key participants in those activities, and what was the research environment during those times.


Desired results:
  • To thank our predecessors for establishing a foundation for our disciplines at NIST, and to give ourselves, NIST as a whole, and potentially our collaborators and stakeholders an appreciation of key breakthroughs made in Metallurgy and Polymer science in our past.
  • To set the foundation for the future to take on new challenges.


8:20 AM Welcome (Willie May)

8:30 AM Review of the Past and Vision for the Future (Eric Lin)

8:40 AM NBS and NIST Reminisces from the 70’s and 80’s (Isaac Sanchez)

9:20 AM Metal Failure Breakthroughs (Richard Fields)

10:05 AM Break and Poster Viewing

10:45 AM Precipitation Effects (Hardening, Softening, and World Trade Center Steels) (Frank Gayle)

11:30 AM Lunch

12:30 PM Reconvene (Laurie Locascio)

12:35 PM Impact of NBS/NIST on Understanding of Amorphous Polymers: From Rubber, Melt, Glass and Beyond (Greg McKenna)

1:20 PM Magnetic and Superconducting Materials Firsts (Robert Shull)

2:05 PM Break and Poster Viewing

2:45 PM Polymer Crystallization at NBS/NIST (Freddy Khoury)

3:30 PM Poster Session and Lab Tours

5:00 PM Reception - NIST Courtyard

*Note all presentations will be held in the Green Auditorium (Building 101).

Security Instructions:

If you plan to attend this NIST conference, please note that all attendees must be pre-registered. Photo identification and vehicle registration information must be presented at the main gate to be admitted to the conference. International attendees are required to present a passport. Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus. For information on registering for specific conferences, please visit the NIST conference page.


Start Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
End Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Format: Symposium


Registration for this event is free, but necessary to obtain access to the NIST campus. Coffee and food will be available for purchase at the NIST Cafeteria.

Please click here to register for the event.


Information regarding local hotels, restaurants, and airports can be found at the NIST Visitor Information homepage.

Technical Contact:

Robert Shull (robert.shull@nist.gov)
Chad Snyder (chad.snyder@nist.gov)