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Materials Science and Technology 2016 kicked off in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Sunday. The conference for all things materials science brought scientists, researchers, engineers, and many more to the Salt Palace Convention Center to discuss the latest research in all aspects of materials science and engineering.

With stunning mountainous views in the background, over 2,500 conference attendees roamed the convention center’s expansive halls, choosing from more than 2,000 presentations and an expanse of special events, meetings, receptions, and activities hosted by the conference’s five sponsoring organizations—ACerS, AIST, ASM International, TMS, and NACE International.

Technical presentations, which continue through Thursday, run the entire materials science and engineering gamut, from additive manufacturing and energy topics to biomaterials and materials–environment interactions. MS&T16’s rich-yet-concurrent content presented attendees with difficult choices regarding which sessions to attend—groups of attendees were often spotted intently studying the final program.


The MS&T16 program is packed full of top-quality technical content—deciding which talks to attend can be challenging.

In addition to high-quality research, the MS&T16 schedule was jam-packed with events, receptions, social events, contests, tours, and so much more—so check out some of our first snapshots of the action.

And don’t forget to post a picture of yourself wearing your ACerS collectible buttons to #PinYourACerSPride on Facebook or Twitter—we’re giving away a great prize daily!


ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors president Lisa Rueschhoff leads a discussion at Saturday’s annual meeting.


This year PCSA—a leadership group for both graduate and undergraduate students—grew to 45 delegates affiliated with more than 30 institutions in seven countries. The group met in Salt Lake on Saturday.


ACerS president Mrityunjay Singh took a break from Saturday’s Board of Director’s meeting for a picture with the PCSA. PCSA president Lisa Rueschoff is to Singh’s right, and incoming PCSA president Tessa Davey is to the right of Rueschhoff.


Ricardo Castro, chair of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, presents the Freidberg Lecture Award to Aldo Boccaccini of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.


Boccaccini’s Friedberg lecture addressed the compelling topic of soft tissue building using bioactive glasses.


Undergraduates competed in a compelling student speaking contest Sunday afternoon. (From left) Marissa Reigel, contest emcee; Kathleen Shugart, judge; Evan Musterman, first runner-up; Sarah Rappaport, second runner-up; Wyatt Surbey, contest winner; Joshua Tedesco, second runner-up; Kristen Brosnan, judge, and Brian Gilmore, judge.


Celebrating the achievements of women at the Women in Materials Science reception Sunday evening.


Some conference attendees had time to strike a pose while waiting for the expo doors to open for Monday evening’s welcome reception.


Keramos—the national professional ceramic engineering fraternity—also meets during MS&T. At their annual convocation and business meeting, Keramos inducted Robert Schwartz, professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology into its Greaves–Walker Roll of Honor, which recognizes service to the fraternity and its education mission.


Bruce Dunn (University of California, Los Angeles) presented a glimpse into the future of battery materials at the ACerS Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Lecture during Tuesday morning’s plenary session.


Conference attendees packed the ballrooms of the Salt Palace Convention Center for Tuesday morning’s plenary talks.


Don’t forget to stop by the ACerS booth to say hello, spin the prize wheel, and pick up some valuable information!