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Global affiliations bring scholarship to materials engineering programs

Witold Brostow, Regents Professor, materials science and engineeringOur university has announced Four Bold Goals. With regard to the field of Materials Science and Engineering, two lines of activity merit comment - after some background information.

Decades ago, Rustum Roy started at the Pennsylvania State University the Materials Research Laboratory - the first in the nation. Roy also pioneered the U.S. Materials Education Council - now the International Council on Materials Education - and the Journal of Materials Education (now in its 34th year.) The current president of the council is Regents Professor Witold Brostow, who has brought its world headquarters to UNT.

The council has members from all continents (except for Antarctica). The Journal of Materials Education is published by the council and printed at UNT. Last year the International Symposium on Materials Education in Pune, India, was organized under council auspices by R.P. Singh, multiple times visiting professor in the College of Engineering

Relative to the first three of the Four Bold Goals - including national leadership and the instructional benefits that accrue to UNT students - consider the following small selection of titles of articles from the journal:

  • A New Curriculum in Sustainable Energetics in Estonia
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programs (UROP) Involving Student Exchanges between the Materials Department - Imperial College (UK) and Universities in North America and Australia
  • Polymeric Flocculants for Wastewater and Industrial Effluent Treatment
  • Principles of Nanotechnology for Middle and High School Students
  • From the Ground Up - Developing an Interdisciplinary Course Focusing on Materials Science and Society in Green Technologies
  • A Guide to Mentoring New University Faculty
  • Polymer Concretes
  • How to Survive after Graduating in Materials Science
  • Life-Long Professional Learning for Professional Viability and Growth.

Clearly this extensive information for students and faculty is supportive of the Four Bold Goals of our university while at the same time reaching a global audience. 

Bold Goal four behooves us to pursue mutually beneficial partnerships.

The second worldwide organization based at UNT is the Scientific Committee of the POLYCHAR World Forum on Advanced Materials, with 52 countries represented and Brostow as the Committee President.

The acronym POLYCHAR refers to Conferences on Polymer Characterization started at UNT and then expanded in scope. Last year there was such a conference in Kathmandu, Nepal, with participants from 46 countries. This year the forum will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia; next year, Kwang-Ju, Korea.

The network underlying the forum brings researchers to UNT who interact and solve science and technology problems jointly with our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.

In the last three years we have had such researchers from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Mexico, Nepal, Portugal, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine.

Our students working with foreign scholars present their results worldwide and are often winners in national and international competitions. In these and other ways, we pursue mutually beneficial partnerships on a local, national and international plane, as part of our enthusiastic support of all four of UNT’s Bold Goals.

- Submitted by Witold Brostow, Regents Professor, Materials Science and Engineering; director, Laboratory of Advanced Polymers and Optimized Materials

Posted on: Tue 06 March 2012

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