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Dr. Gregory Hilmas, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of ceramic engineering, has been named chair of materials science and engineering. He has served as interim department chair since July 2017.
He succeeds Dr. Matthew J. O’Keefe, executive director of the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi.
“Greg is one of our best-known and most productive researchers on campus, whose accolades include receiving an R&D 100 award from Research and Development magazine — an honor referred to as the ‘Oscars of Invention’ and the ‘Pulitzer Prize of Technology,’” says Dr. Richard Wlezien, vice provost and dean of the College of Engineering and Computing. “And he’s equally accomplished in the classroom, receiving numerous outstanding teaching awards in a department known for its commitment to student learning.”