Symposium to Address the Future of Science and Engineering Research

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s College of Engineering and Architecture and College of Sciences will showcase cutting-edge research activities at the Science and Engineering Research Symposium on March 16. The symposium will take place from 8 a.m.-noon in the Compton Union Building Ballroom.

“Washington State University is one of the top 50 public research universities in the nation,” said Jim Petersen, College of Engineering and Architecture associate dean. “A graduate education from WSU offers academic stimulation and challenge while providing research opportunities and experience that prepares our students to meet workplace demands. This symposium will provide the opportunity for us to showcase the world-class graduate education and research occurring at WSU.”

Several WSU faculty members will present their work in environmental and materials research at the symposium. Sue B. Clark, professor of chemistry, will speak on solving environmental problems for the 21st century using multidisciplinary approaches. Amit Bandyopadhyay, professor of mechanical and materials engineering, will present findings from his research on ceramics processing. Tom Dickinson, professor of physics, will discuss how physics, chemistry and engineering work together to advance knowledge and technology in materials. Brent Peyton, professor of chemical engineering, will speak on multi-institutional approaches to solving environmental problems.

Ernie Moniz, the former undersecretary for the Department of Energy, will be the event’s keynote speaker. Moniz will discuss the future of science and engineering research.

As DOE undersecretary during the Clinton administration, Moniz oversaw the department’s science agenda. He was responsible for DOE involvement in science and technology, the environment, national security and fundamental research. Moniz also was the associate director for science of the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy from 1995-97. Former chairman of the physics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he recently rejoined the MIT faculty.

As part of the symposium, graduate and undergraduate students will present their work using posters. Cash prizes will be awarded for top posters, as judged by outstanding scientists from Northwest industries. To enter the symposium poster session, students can contact Following the symposium, Moniz will meet with student groups throughout the afternoon.