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Material wisdom

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During the 2021 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting & Exhibit, leaders in the materials field participated in a panel on Women in Materials Science. They provided inspirational stories and advice on achieving a career in materials research. The moderators of the panel discussion were Jennifer Hollingsworth (Los Alamos National Laboratory) and Betar Gallant (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

The panelists

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Y. Shirley Meng is currently a professor at The University of Chicago and the chief scientist of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science, Argonne National Laboratory. During the Fall Meeting, she was at the University of California, San Diego. She is editor-in-chief of the MRS Energy & Sustainability journal. Meng is a Fellow of MRS.

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(Left to right): Sossina Haile is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics at Northwestern University and a Fellow of MRS. Delia Milliron is Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where she holds the T. Brockett Hudson Professorship in Chemical Engineering.

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(Left to right): Katherine Ayers is Vice President of Research and Development at Nel Hydrogen and has served on the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee at the US Department of Energy. Kelsey Hatzell is an assistant professor at Princeton University in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. She is a recipient of the Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award, the Silver Graduate Student Award, and the Nelson “Buck” Robinson Science and Technology Award for Renewable Energy, all from the Materials Research Society.

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Julia Greer is the Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Mechanics, and Medical Engineering and director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology. She is a recipient of The Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science, awarded in collaboration with MRS.

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MRS recognizes that diversity drives innovation, excellence, and new discoveries and encourages membership to help advance the materials field by engaging all demographic groups worldwide. To help develop programs and activities, join the Society’s Diversifying Materials Special Interest Groups by emailing

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Meiksin, J. Material wisdom. MRS Bulletin (2022).

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