Trailblazer Lecture Series

Interested students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community are invited to join the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering for the first two installments of the Trailblazer Lecture Series which will bring influential leaders in engineering to the Georgia Tech campus to share their experiences. 
The first speaker (March 15) is Prof. Ellen Arruda, the Tim Manganello/BorgWarner Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Prof. Arruda is recognized as a world leader in the area of theoretical and experimental mechanics of molecular materials, including polymers, elastomers, composites, soft tissues, and proteins.  Her work has made tremendous impact on improving human health, advancing technologies for the repair of the anterior cruciate ligament and shock-absorbing helmets to prevent brain injury.
Prof. Arruda is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, president and fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, a fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and fellow and former president of the Society of Engineering Science. She is co-director of the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Exercise & Sports Science Initiative (ESSI) and has joint appointments in the U-M College of Engineering’s Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program and Biomedical Engineering Department.

Date: March 15
Time: 11 am (reception to follow)
Location: MRDC 4211
Title: "Mechanical Engineering: Challenges, Opportunities, and Eight Chains"
On April 12 the Woodruff School will host Prof. Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds S.B. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT, where he has been a faculty member since 1984. His work focuses primarily on advanced materials and their role in clean energy. Some of his current topics include new cathode and anode materials for lithium ion batteries, phase transformations in electroactive materials, electrochemical device design, and electrochemical-to-mechanical energy conversion.
Prof. Chiang is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and the American Ceramic Society. He is a recipient of the The Economist’s Innovation Award (Energy and the Environment category), the Electrochemical Society’s Battery Division’s Battery Technology Award, the Materials Research Society’s Plenary Lecturer, an R&D 100 and R&D100 Editor’s Choice Award, and the American Ceramic Society’s Corporate Achievement, Ross Coffin Purdy, R.M. Fulrath, and F.H. Norton Awards.

Date: April 12
Time: 3 pm (reception to follow)
Location: MRDC 4211
Title: "Materials Science, Electrochemistry and the Quest for Impact"
Please join us on March 15 and April 12 as we welcome Prof. Arruda and Prof. Chiang to the Woodruff School for what promises to be a pair of very interesting lectures from leaders in the fields of mechanical and materials engineering. These lectures will give attendees an opportunity to learn, inspire, and be inspired.