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About the William D. Nix Lecture Series

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About the Lecture

The Nix Lecture is named in honor of William D. Nix, NAS, NAE, professor emeritus of materials science, and one of the founders of our department in its current form. The Inaugural William D. Nix Lecture in Materials Science took place on October 31, 2022.

The lecture aims to bring together our community of students, faculty, alums, and other professionals passionate about the positive impact our discipline can have in addressing humanity’s most pressing challenges, such as developing safe energy, a clean environment, and a healthy life.

Our distinguished speaker for the Inaugural lecture was M. Stanley Whittingham, a chemistry and materials science and engineering professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York, and 2019 Chemistry Nobel Laureate.

More recently, the 2024 William D. Nix Lecture boasted Keynote Speakers Steven Chu (William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Physics at Stanford University) and Walden Rhines (President and CIO, Cornami, Inc.).