The University of Maryland MRSEC grants ended in September 2013 after 17 years of successful operation. This site remains as a history of the center, but will not be actively maintained.
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Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Dr. Ellen Williams, MRSEC founder & former director, was nominated by President Obama for the position of Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Department of Energy. See excerpt from, and link to, the White House press release below:
"Dr. Ellen D. Williams, Nominee for Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Department of Energy
Dr. Ellen D. Williams is the Chief Scientist for BP, a position she has held since 2010. She is currently on a leave of absence from the University of Maryland where she has served as a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology since 2000. Dr. Williams has served as a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland since 1991. She founded the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and served as its Director from 1996 through 2009. Dr. Williams received a B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology."
MRSEC has created a new museum teaching exhibit piece as part of a How Do You Nan-Know? exhibit partially funded by NISE and created by the MRSEC and Port Discovery Children's Museum. Opened in spring 2013, this series complements the MRSEC-created "NanoFabulous" and NISE "Nano" exhibits already in the museum. The How Do You Nan-Know? series is designed to help young visitors identify nano in their neighborhood and evaluate how they make value descisions about nano and other criteria in their everyday lives.