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Spring semester included celebration and heartache as we were reminded of life’s preciousness and the importance of honoring the accomplishments of our Buckeye family. This issue includes unforgettable milestones of your alma mater and fellow alumni.

Any materials science and engineering student who was enrolled at Ohio State between 1990 and 2022 had the privilege of knowing Professor John Lannutti. His sudden passing in March stunned everyone, and we will forever miss his presence in the classroom, labs, and offices.

A sense of normalcy was felt as social gatherings gained momentum. The Undergraduate Students Banquet and the College’s Distinguished Faculty Awards were both well attended. We closed out the semester by celebrating the graduation of 36 MSE undergraduate students and 25 WE undergraduate students.

Research of faculty and students was awarded or recognized in the areas of superalloys, biosensors, and the development of a desktop electrospinning prototype, among others. Excitement is building for the opportunities emerging relative to the huge Intel investment in central Ohio. We anticipate that MSE and CEMAS will be key to the growing relationship with Intel. 

New developments and renovations continue across campus. The Mars G. Fontana Lab was formally dedicated. The foundry was relocated to west campus and is located within the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence. A 3D printing laboratory opened in the Health Science Library. The atrium of Mars G. Fontana will have a one-of-a-kind living garden installed this summer. It is the product of an interdisciplinary team representing welding engineering, materials science and engineering, art, architecture, and agriculture. 

Our two faculty searches for the past academic year were both very successful. Dr. Nuria Salguero Bagues will be joining us in July 2022 as an Assistant Professor of Practice in the area of materials characterization. Dr. Salva Salmani Rezaie has also accepted our offer as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, and she will be joining Ohio State in the summer of 2023 after she completes her Kavli Fellowship at Cornell University. We are excited about the new capabilities and collaborations that both Nuria and Salva will bring to the department and broader Ohio State community.

Spring semester presented us with many encouraging signs of growth that will enrich the experiences of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I encourage you to make the most of each day with purposeful activities and by sharing your appreciation for those around you.

Our next issue of Watts News will be published in September. Share your updates and news with us by contacting Libby Culley (culley.36@osu.edu). Thank you for always giving us more reasons to celebrate. 

Michael J. Mills
Taine G. McDougal Professor
Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering










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Libby Culley
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering