Materials have been the backbone of technological and military advancement for thousands of years, with whole time periods being named after them (Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age). Perhaps it's no surprise that advanced materials such as Captain America's shield, Wolverine's claws and Spider Man's web have been key components in comic book mythos and are widely recognized. These stories often highlight the core concepts of Materials Science and Engineering, which studies the processing/structure/property/performance relationships of the stuff that makes up the world around us. For this Science Cafe, we will learn of the rich history of materials science from comic books, movies and science fiction, and discuss the newest scientific breakthroughs in research that make materials stronger, lighter, smarter, and hopefully approach the performance envisioned by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby.
About Our Speaker
Dr. Suveen Mathaudhu's primary position is serving as the program manager responsible for synthesis and processing of materials with the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), Materials Science Division. He manages programs that focus on the use of innovative approaches for processing high performance materials reliably and at lower costs. Mathaudhu also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, where his research focuses on the processing of nanostructured metallic alloys for structural and defense applications. He is also an avid comic book fan who is frequently consulted by the media and entertainment industry on the science of comic books and science fiction.