Fall 2016 Wulff Lecture: Changing the World through Materials Innovation

November 14, 2016

On November 18, 2016, Professor Eugene Fitzgerald will be giving the Fall 2016 Wulff Lecture. 

Title: Changing the World through Materials Innovation

Materials innovation is a powerful change-agent. Historical synopses show atomic and structural control of materials is a fundamental aspect of human progress. More mysterious is the real process of innovation behind this progress as it is occurring, and how an individual’s research or work in materials leads directly to market impact. In this lecture, the author presents a personal journey from starting as an MIT undergraduate in Materials Science and Engineering, experiencing discovery of important phenomenon in semiconductor materials, and founding enterprises to drive innovation into the marketplace. The lecture finishes with his center’s current activity in MIT’s Singapore research hub, SMART, and their goal of enabling the integrated circuits of the future.

The Wulff Lecture is an introductory, general-audience, entertaining lecture which serves to educate, inspire, and encourage MIT undergraduates to take up study in the field of materials science and engineering and related fields. The entire MIT community, particularly freshmen, is invited to attend. The Wulff Lecture honors the late Professor John Wulff, a skilled, provocative, and entertaining teacher who inaugurated a new approach to teaching the popular freshman subject: 3.091 Introduction to Solid State Chemistry.

Eugene A. Fitzgerald is the Merton C. Flemings SMA Professor of Materials Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Lead Principal Investigator of the Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES) center of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). His research interests are related to new materials, devices, and circuits.  His work in lattice-mismatched materials resulted in the demonstration of high mobility strained silicon and the integration of useful III-V electronic and optoelectronic devices on silicon.  Prof. Fitzgerald is a practicing researcher, innovator, and entrepreneur.  He is founder or founding team member of six companies. He is recipient of the IEEE 2011 Andrew S. Grove Award and the IEEE 2004 EDS George Smith Award. He received a SB degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1985 from MIT and his PhD in the same discipline from Cornell University in 1989.

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