Dr. Parag Banerjee, assistant professor of engineering and applied science at Washington University in St. Louis, will start off the fall Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 in Helmerich Research Center 153.
Banerjee completed his doctorate in materials science and engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park. Prior to his doctoral studies, Banerjee was a process engineer in research and development at Micron Technology Inc. in Boise, Idaho, working on advanced semiconductor thin film processes and devices. His current work involves the study of metal oxides, low dimensional nanostructures and thin films. Banerjee’s research interest is focused on electronic and optoelectronic properties in these materials and atomic tailoring of the surfaces for energy harvesting applications.
He is the recipient of the Microscopy Society of America’s Presidential Student Award, the University of Maryland’s Top Invention of the Year Award and the Best Thesis Award from the university’s materials science and engineering department.
Other confirmed speakers include Dr. Daniel Abraham, engineer in chemical sciences at the Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill., on Sept. 29; Dr. Heather Fahlenkamp, Robert N. Maddox associate professor of chemical engineering at OSU, on Oct. 13; Dr. Subhash Mahajan, distinguished professor in materials science and engineering, special adviser to the chancellor at the University of California-Davis and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, on Oct. 19; Dr. Santosh Das, retired vice president of Polymer Technologies, Inc. in New Jersey and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, on Nov. 3; and Dr. Gopan Krishnan, OSU assistant professor of chemistry, on Nov. 17.
Mahajan and Das were invited to speak as part of OSU-Tulsa’s Ross Group Distinguished Speaker in Engineering Series. Warren Ross, president of Ross Group, donated $40,000 on behalf of the company last fall to establish the first endowed lecture series for OSU-Tulsa.
The seminars are hosted by the School of Materials Science and Engineering. All are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit the OSU-Tulsa MSE website.