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Video Showcases UMass Materials Engineering Program

Dimitrios Maroudas

The WebsEdge company has produced a video (You Tube link) for Materials Research Society (MRS) TV that showcases the Materials Engineering Program at UMass Amherst. The video was featured as part of a group of about 15 such videos for materials science and engineering programs/departments that were invited by MRS TV to produce films for the 2014 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society in Boston. 

“UMass Amherst has had a tremendous effect on materials science and engineering,” as Dimitrios Maroudas commented in the video. Maroudas is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the director of the Materials Engineering Program at UMass Amherst. “We are a new paradigm in materials research and education. We bring in students who already have strong backgrounds and training in this area, and we bring them so they can address complex materials research problems in interdisciplinary teams.”

The MRS TV films were very well received at the conference. They were distributed at five of the main conference hotels as well as on five screens at the Hynes Convention Center, the conference venue. All the films were also featured on the MRS website and in high definition on YouTube.

Maroudas said that our Materials Engineering Program was invited to participate in this prestigious category of media coverage given our “cutting-edge research on computational materials science, electronic materials and nanostructures, and materials for renewable energy technologies.” 

“I directed the film as director of the Materials Engineering Program following the format that was agreed upon in our contract with WebsEdge,” explained Maroudas. “The film was shot here on campus for a full day (November 7, 2014) by a WebsEdge film crew three weeks prior to the Fall MRS Meeting. Although the YouTube link shows only the final 5.5-minute cut that was shown at the conference, a full-length film will also be made available in the next few weeks.”

Maroudas also took the opportunity to thank all of the participants in the film, including faculty, students, postdocs, and staff, for their excellent contribution to this project. 

He added that “In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to the offices of the deans of the College of Engineering (Dean Anderson) and Natural Sciences (Dean Goodwin) and our Energy Frontier Research Center on Polymer-based materials for Harvesting Solar Energy (Professors Russell and Lahti) for providing the funds required for the production of the film. Making this film was a challenging and rewarding experience.”

WebsEdge is the global leader in Conference TV, which provides a daily TV show for conferences and events. The show is typically shown at the event, on screens, and in hotel rooms, as well as on YouTube, on the conference website, and on social media. (December 2014)

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