How Penn State’s materials research discoveries are impacting society


By Cara Aungst

Materials Day 2022, the annual marquee event for materials-related interdisciplinary science and engineering at Penn State, will be held Oct. 20-21, 2022, at Penn State’s HUB and Millennium Science Complex. The event will be held in-person this year after being held virtually for the past two years.

This year’s theme is "Materials Impacting Society" and breakout sessions and topics will focus on researchers translating their discoveries in the lab to the point that they can be transitioned into the marketplace, where they can benefit society.

“We are very excited to be back in person at Materials Day 2022,” David Fecko, director of MRI Industry Collaborations, said.

The conference kicks off Thursday, Oct. 20, with keynote sessions with Dr. John Mauro,  world-recognized expert in fundamental and applied glass science, and Dr. Dan Hayes, whose research focuses on advanced biomaterials engineering for applications ranging from regenerative medicine to lab-on-a-chip technologies.

“There will also be ample opportunities on Thursday to engage with graduate students and faculty in the materials realm via technical presentations and poster sessions, along with a networking reception,” Fecko said.

On Friday, Oct. 21, there will be breakout meetings with Huck Life Sciences, the Institutes for Energy and the Environment, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences and Social Science Research Institute.

“The conference is a great opportunity to get an overview of the research happening at the HERD Report’s #1 Materials Science Institution,” Fecko added. “We welcome industry and government visitors to join.”

Registration is $290 before Oct. 6, 2022, and $350 Oct. 6-20. For more information and to register, visit


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