The premier conference for materials science and engineering wrapped up on Thursday, October 31 after four days of technical conferences, society business and committee meetings, university reunions, banquet celebrations, and Montreal hospitality.
Tuesday and Wednesday featured the Exhibition, which gave 130 vendors and customers a chance to meet and talk about ways to solve problems. The exhibit hall was also the site for the Mug Drop contest, the new Disc Throw contest, and the poster session. See Jim’s report for all the details about those events. For the inside scoop on the Mug Drop contest, Myranda Ferris shares her winning strategy in the video link below. Also, Jake Ivy tells us how he made the “Most aesthetic mug” of the competition. His aesthetic eye even carries over to his wardrobe, as you will see in the video!
Award lectures are an important part of the conference’s technical program. Sheldon Weiderhorn gave the Orton Lecture, named after Edward Orton, Jr., a founding member of the American Ceramic Society. He surveyed the literature regarding crack nucleation and growth in glass, making the observation that new characterization tools that allow imaging at the nanoscale may justify revisiting some older theories regarding crack growth that did not get much traction when first proposed.
Like all of you who were there, Jim and I came back with a bundle of new business cards from new contacts and a lot of new ideas to digest. You will continue to see the fruits of our visit in CTT and the ACerS Bulletin. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy our last few photos from MS&T’13.