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Elizabeth Holm

Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pa.



B.S.E. (Materials Science & Engineering), University of Michigan, 1987
S.M. (Ceramics), MIT, 1989
Ph.D. (MSE and Scientific Computing), University of Michigan, 1992

Previous Employment

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff (2002-2012), Principal Member of the
Technical Staff (1997-2002), and Senior Member of the Technical Staff (1992-1997) in
Computational Materials Science and Engineering at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Visiting Professor in the U-M MSE Department (2004)

Honors and Awards

CMU Philbrook Prize in Engineering, 2016
University of Michigan MSE Distinguished Alum Lecture Award, 2016
Outstanding Women at Sandia National Laboratories Award, 2012
TMS EMPMD Distinguished Service Award, 2010
Sandia Employee Recognition Award for Individual Exceptional Service, 2008
Northwestern University John Dorn Lecturer, 2005
University of Michigan College of Engineering Faculty Enhancement Grant, 2004
New Mexico Women Pioneering the Future Award, 2003
YWCA New Mexico Women on the Move Honoree, 2003
Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, 2002
Fellow of ASM International, 2002
Sandia Employee Recognition Award for Leadership, 1997
IBM Predoctoral Fellow in Scientific Computing, 1990-1992
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 1987-1990
United States Presidential Scholar for the State of Michigan, 1983

How did your MSE degrees prepare you for your career?

Michigan gave me great academics, internship opportunities, and a supportive community that prepared and sustained me for the past 30 years...and counting!

What were your favorite classes, events, and/or student organizations?

Organizations: Tau Beta Pi (president), Michigan Materials Society (activities chair), Epeians (founder) Classes: Anything taught by the inimitable Professor Bill Hosford! Events: Enginfest - which became Springfest. Football Saturdays, of course. Breakfast at Zingermans!

What advice/thoughts do you have for students considering an MSE major?

Everything we make, we make out of materials. That means MSE is the foundation of every other engineering discipline. We're everywhere and we can do anything!

What do you like to do outside of work?

Glass blowing, folk music, knitting, canning, riding horses, and enjoying life.