Materials in Today's World

Materials in Today's World

Credit: James Webb Space Telescope Mirror 37 by NASA/MSFC/David Higginbotham/Emmett Given is Public domain

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What materials have you touched today? In today's society, virtually every segment of our personal and professional lives is influenced by the limitations, availability, and economic considerations of the materials used. Through readings and science documentaries, this course will show you how and why certain materials are selected for different applications and how the processing, structure, properties, and performance of materials are intrinsically linked. You will be introduced to the basic science and technology of materials, how the world has been shaped by materials, and how knowledge of materials can be used to understand modern materials and the development of new ones.

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Ronald Redwing

Ronald Redwing

Hello, my name is Ron Redwing. I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Although I joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in only 2016, I have been at Penn State for over fifteen years, the last five as an Associate Dean in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Before that, I was in the Department of Physics, starting as an instructor and finishing as a senior lecturer. I am originally from Missouri and received my Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In addition to my teaching duties here at Penn State, I am currently setting up a laboratory to grow 2D layered bulk crystals. These crystals are similar to a nano-material we will be discussing in the course, graphene.

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