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Alumni and Friends


The University of Tennessee Department of Materials Science and Engineering values the backing of our loyal alumni and friends and encourages campus visits and participation in college and university activities.

Here are some examples of MSE alumni and what they are doing:


Dr. Songqing Wen is a Principle Materials Engineer at Solar about_solarTurbines in San Diego CA, a Caterpillar Company. Solar is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial gas turbines. Materials engineers at Solar are challenged with the best solution to balance Performance, Reliability, and Cost in a competitive world.

nayakSubhadarshi (Subu) Nayak is a Senior Product microelectronicsDevelopment Engineer with Intel Corporation. He works on Assembly and Test Technology Development of CPU. Materials are key to performance and reliability of microelectronics.

nealNeal Oldham is a Senior Process Engineer who designs cellmaterials fabrication processes for memory applications at Intel. Materials are important to the wireless communications and wireless industries.

kristinKristin Yoder works in the Cardiac Rhythm Management stethoscope_handdepartment of St. Jude Medical, a cardiac device company. Materials are key components in biomedical applications.

reginaRegina Holmes is developing bio-absorbable composites pic-genesisby fusing biocomponent polymer fibers. Regina is a project planning manager for the Orthopaedic Reconstruction Business Unit of Smith and Nephew, an advanced medical device manufacturer.

fowlkesJason Fowlkes conducts research in bio-inspired smsammsenzymenanomaterials as a member of the Molecular-Scale Engineering and Nanoscale Technologies group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Nanoscale technologies is a rapidly growing field for materials research.

jamesJames LaManna determines the performance shuttlecharacteristics of materials used to manufacture solid rocket motors at Allian Techsystems, the industry leader in the production of solid rocket motors for NASA and the Department of Defense. Materials allow breakthroughs in aero-space applications.


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