Elizabeth Holm named next MSE chair

MSE alum Elizabeth Holm will return to U-M to lead the MSE department starting January 1.
Elizabeth Holm named next MSE chair

Professor Elizabeth Holm

MSE is pleased to announce that Professor Elizabeth Holm, Carnegie Mellon University, will become chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, effective January 1, 2023.

Current department chair Amit Misra, who has served in this capacity since June of 2014, will continue to serve as MSE department chair through December 31, and thereafter, remain in the MSE department as a full-time tenured professor.  

Active in professional societies, Professor Holm has earned several honors and awards. She is: The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers’ (AIME) president-elect designate and an honorary member, one of its highest honors; a fellow of ASM International; a fellow and former president of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS); an organizer of several international conferences; and a former member of the National Materials Advisory Board. She has authored or co-authored over 160 publications. She is a renowned, innovative instructor. As TMS president, she launched the TMS Summit on Creating and Sustaining Diversity in The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society.

Prior to joining CMU in 2012, Holm spent 20 years as a computational materials scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, working on computer simulations of microstructure evolution, microcircuit aging and reliability, and the processing and welding of advanced materials.

She earned her dual Ph.D. (1992) in Materials Science and Engineering and Scientific Computing and her BSE (1987) in Materials Science and Engineering here at Michigan Engineering, and an S.M in Ceramics from MIT (1989).

"By her combination of deep technical strength, outstanding leadership skills and strong commitment to DEI, Professor Holm will be able to guide our department through the always evolving field of materials science and engineering," commented MSE Professor Alan Taub, who led the chair search committee. "We all look forward to welcoming her as our new department chair."