The Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) participates in on- and off-campus events in an effort to provide one-on-one conversations and to inform potential users about the capabilities and instruments available within the MCF to support their research.

Brief descriptions of recent outreach activities are provided below:

ND Explores Stem - June 3, 2022
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ND Explores STEM was a celebration of all things STEM at Notre Dame. Hosted by the Alumni Association, STEM-related centers, institutes, core facilities, and other organizations highlighted advances in STEM education and research and engage with alumni from all disciplines by featuring all things research, science, and engineering. Ian Lightcap and Anna Matzner represented the MCF and its research instrumentation and capabilities along with undergraduate students who shared their research experiences and industry initiatives with attendees. 

IDEA Week - April 20-23, 2022
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IDEA Week 2022 was held throughout the South Bend-Elkhart Region. The MCF participated in the Industry Innovation Expo and Ian Lightcap was a panelist on a discussion titled "Unlocking Opportunity: New Opportunities for Collaboration Between Industry and Higher Ed in the Region" that focused on Notre Dame's unique opportunity to  partner with and support legacy businesses as they advance in the digital age. Other panelists were David Go, the Viola D. Hank Professor and Chair of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, John DeSalle, Executive Engineer-in-Residence at iNDustry Labs, and Matthew Dotson, mechanical engineering student. 

Indiana Conference on Energy Management - September 1, 2021

The 2021 Indiana Conference on Energy Management was held at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, Indiana. ND Energy and the MCF were proud Silver sponsors and exhibitors. The MCF booth shared the facility's services, instruments and capabilities with conference attendees. The conference covered the current status of energy in Indiana, what the future may hold, and what businesses can do to prepare.

Virtual Indiana Conference on Energy Management - August 19, 2020

The 2020 Indiana Conference on Energy Management was held virtually. ND Energy was a Silver sponsor and virtual booth exhibitor, providing a full range of information on analytical services provided by the MCF. The conference addressed issues such as utility-scale energy storage, consumer access to regional energy markets, alternative fuel transportation, and much more.

Materials Research Society Fall Meeting and Exhibit - December 1-6, 2019
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The 2019 MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibit was held in Boston, Massachusetts. The MCF was one of sixteen facilities on User Facility Row during the conference. Drawing thousands of visitors to the Exhibit Hall, Ian Lightcap and Subhash L. Shinde held one-on-one conversations with attendees who were eager to learn about capabilities and expertise available to support their research. To learn more about this event, read the article MRS Fall 2019 Exploring User Facilities and contact Ian Lightcap.