5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss Materials Day

Written by Staff Writer

September 21, 2021

Note: To minimize risk associated with the Delta variant of COVID and keep people safe, MRI is moving forward with a simplified VIRTUAL Materials Day using an engaging virtual networking hub. 

Penn State’s Materials Day is an event that connects Penn State talent with companies and shares Penn State’s latest research and discovery with industry, government and service partners. The virtual event takes place on October 12-13, and you can still register to attend. 

Here’s 5 reasons that you shouldn’t miss this year’s event. 

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You’ll find out the latest in Penn State Materials

The event is designed to share Penn State’s vast materials research knowledge and infrastructure with our industrial and government research and service partners. Attendance is critical if you’re looking to stay abreast of Penn State Materials news or if you are looking to identify graduating students for future positions.

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It’s a place where Penn State talent meets industry

Materials Day is focused on interaction and discussion among attendees. Industry reps can talk with students and faculty about their company, creating connections and visibility that benefit the company as they announce job openings or come to career fairs.

Attending companies can also see what faculty are working on, leading to potential research collaborations or connections with graduating students.  In addition to the external collaborations, Materials Day is also a chance for Penn State groups to collaborate internally form teams to apply for grants and proposals.

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Keynotes will focus on critical steps toward sustainability in packaging and rare earth metals

The focus of this year’s event is on the intersection of Materials, Manufacturing, and Sustainability. Nestlé reps will be presenting a talk on food packaging sustainability and Mineral Resources Research Professor Peter Rozelle will discuss rare earth elements that are critical to the U.S. National Defense with a specific focus on the production of magnets from rare earth compounds. 

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You’ll (virtually) tour the Millennium Science Complex

The Millennium Science Complex (MSC) was completed in 2012 after 10 years of planning and 3 years of construction. The 297,000-square-foot research facility was one of the most complex construction projects in the University’s history. It’s designed to the exacting standards of a world-class laboratory for imaging on the atomic level, and nanofabrication in stringent cleanroom conditions. The northern wing of the building is devoted to materials science, while the west wing of the building houses researchers in the life sciences and neural engineering. The two wings are joined on several levels to facilitate interactions and collaboration between the two disciplines. During Materials Day, you’ll learn about facility updates in the MSC and see for yourself why Penn State is one of the largest Materials Research Institution in the United States.

You’ll network with industry experts

The event will feature interactive poster sessions held in Gathertown, a virtual networking environment, where you can make connections both within Penn State as well as the materials industry community. 

More information, including how to register, can be found at https://www.mri.psu.edu/MaterialsDay. Materials Day is organized and produced by the Penn State Materials Research Institute.  

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