Moving advanced materials from the laboratory to the marketplace—to address critical challenges in energy, transportation, healthcare, and other areas of national concern—takes far too long, and at too great a cost. How to accelerate the pace of discovery and deployment of advanced materials was the central question addressed at this Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) Town Hall Meeting. Featured speakers and panelists from industry, academia, and federal agencies explored:
- New materials for automobiles, aerospace, energy conversion/storage, microelectronics, and medical devices
- Emergent computational and experimental approaches
- Strategies for sharing, storing, and searching materials data
- Best practices for industry/university/government collaborations
University, industry, and government collaborations are essential to achieving this goal. Through the MGI, the federal government is poised to play a major role, and university-industry models, such as the Brown University-General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory on Computational Materials, currently in its eleventh year, continue to evolve. Ongoing support and investment from these types of collaborations will result in a more rapid understanding of the fundamentals of material science, greater U.S. global competitiveness in the 21st century, and the dawn of a new era of materials innovation.
(Engineering Faculty): Allan Bower, Clyde Briant, Pradeep Guduru, Nitin Padture, Brian Sheldon
(Staff): Tristan Barako (OVPR), Kimberley Cavanaugh (IMNI), Estelle Lang (Engineering), Kathleen Shannon (OVPR)