Katsuyo Thornton named the L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Katsuyo Thornton named the L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Katsuyo Thornton has been named the L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

MSE is pleased to announce that Professor Katsuyo Thornton has been named the L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. A graduate of Iowa State University (B.S. with honors) and the University of Chicago (M.S. and PhD), Thornton's research focuses on computational and theoretical investigations of the evolution of microstructures and nanostructures during processing and operation. These investigations facilitate the understanding of the underlying physics of materials to aid in designing advanced materials with desirable properties. 

 Among Thornton's most recent awards are the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015), the Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award (2016), and the TMS Brimacombe Medal, which she will receive at the TMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix next month.

 The L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering was established in 1997 in honor of Professor Lawrence Van Vlack and his wife, Frances. Beginning in 1953, Van Vlack served as associate professor, professor and chairman of the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering (1967-1970) and was instrumental in establishing what eventually became the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Van Vlack authored 12 books, including the famous text Elements of Materials Science and Engineering, which, through 25 foreign editions and translations, introduced millions of students worldwide to the discipline of materials science and engineering.

Thornton will be installed as the L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at a lecture and ceremony later this spring. Details to follow.