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William D. Nix: A Century of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford

Professor William D. Nix
February 18, 2020 - 5:00pm
Stanford Law School, F.I.R. Hall (Classroom Building), Room 180

Free and open to the public. Registration (through Stanford Historical Society) required HERE.

Speaker: William D. Nix, Lee Otterson Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford University

Stanford’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering has just celebrated its centennial, having been founded as the Department of Mining and Metallurgy in 1919. Today, the department is at the forefront of nano-sciences and biosciences, with a special interest in environmental and medical applications.

In this talk, Professor Nix will discuss the ever-changing needs of industry and society, scientific developments, as well as the evolving nature of the University itself and the interests of the Department’s faculty and students. He will draw on the history of the department and tell the stories of the particular individuals who were active in it. His talk will be a compelling account of one of Stanford’s most distinguished departments.

Limited copies of A Century of Materials Science and Engineering: From Steels to Semiconductors, to Nano-and Bio-Materials by William D. Nix will be available for sale at the program. You can also order the book directly from


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