Penn State’s 2021 Materials Day Focusing on Manufacturing, Sustainability


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

Happy Valley is a growing hub for advanced materials and manufacturing innovation, and this annual event is instrumental in connecting that research knowledge and infrastructure with industry and government researchers. 

“In terms of research expenditures, NSF ranks Penn State #1 in Materials Science and #2 in Materials Engineering, and there is so much research in this area that it is sometimes difficult to keep track of,” says David Fecko, Director of Materials Research Institute (MRI) Industry Collaborations. 

“The Materials Research Institute (MRI) is a focal point that industry and government can use as a window into this strong portfolio. It facilitates and supports materials research in over 300 faculty groups from 25 academic departments across Penn State’s campuses. Materials Day highlights many of the important issues and advancements in this portfolio, and we hope that by participating, visitors will learn about our areas of strength and find collaborative opportunities with faculty groups, shared lab facilities and research centers.”

With a focus on sustainability within manufacturing, the event will feature poster sessions and keynote addresses at University Park’s HUB-Robeson Center on October 12, followed by a reception on the Millennium Science Complex lawn. October 13 will feature a variety of breakout sessions by industry leaders, government experts and Penn State faculty at the Millennium Science Complex.

More information, including how to register, can be found at Materials Day is organized and produced by the Penn State Materials Research Institute.  

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