Biomaterials expert appointed to Jung Chair

September 24, 2012 8:30 AM

New Wave staff
newwave@tulane.edu

This fall the School of Science and Engineering appointed Douglas Chrisey to the Cornelia and Arthur Jung Chair in Materials Engineering. Chrisey, who also serves as adjunct professor of biomedical engineering, joins the Tulane faculty after teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

"We are very excited to bring a scholar of Dr. Chrisey's stature to Tulane,” says Nick Altiero, dean of the School of Science and Engineering.  "We have a great deal of strength in materials science and engineering across a number of departments but a senior hire in engineering physics has been needed to bring it all together.”

Materials science is an interdisciplinary field that applies the properties of matter to science and engineering. An understanding of the structure, properties and processing of materials is paramount to virtually all modern engineering innovations, Chrisey said. 

Examples of the role that new materials can have include advances in metallic glasses, graphene, ceramics and polymer-nanoparticle composites for disparate applications including electronics, energy, biomaterials and lightweight materials for construction, he said.

Chrisey has a long resume in the field. He began his teaching career at the University of Virginia before joining the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, where he became advising professor for students from a number of universities.

He later took a position as deputy director of North Dakota State University’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. His arrival and appointment to the Jung Chair indicates the vision Tulane has for the School of Science and Engineering.

“Doug Chrisey is a perfect fit, and he will play a key role in defining what we envision to be a high profile interdisciplinary materials institute at Tulane," Altiero says.

The Cornelia and Arthur Jung Chair in Mechanical Engineering was established in 1994 by Harriett T. and Arthur L. Jung Jr. to honor Jung’s parents, Cornelia and Arthur Jung Sr.



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