Industrial Collaborations

Industrial and Government Labs Seminar Series (Fall 2021 - Spring 2022) 

PCCM hosts an Industrial and Government Lab Seminar Series that provides an opportunity for students and postdocs to meet with industry and government lab leaders. Designed by PCCM Industrial Outreach Director, Professor Nan Yao, the seminars expose students and research scholars to industrial and government lab scientists, who talk about their fields and the intersection of science, industry, and government research. The series began with the 2016-2017 academic year and is now in its sixth year (2021-2022) with over 540 overall attendees (160 in 2020-2021). 

Registration will be required as seating is limited. An email announcement will be sent prior to each seminar. If the seminar will be held in-person, lunch will be provided: 

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Light lunch
12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lecture
12:45 p.m. - 1 p.m.   Q&A session

11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 
Location: to be announced
“Engineering Your Own Success: Leveraging Skills from the Classroom to Navigate the Boardroom”
Dr. Cynthia Pierre ‘03, Senior Manager - Low Carbon Refining & Catalytic Processes, BP plc.

11:30 a.m.  Friday, Nov. 12, 2021
Location: to be announced
“to be determined”
Dr. Daniel Recht ’06, Global Business Development Lead, Formlabs.

11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
Location: to be announced
“A lifetime in earth science; structural determination from molecules to oilfield reservoirs”
Dr. Oliver C. Mullins, Schlumberger Fellow and Science Advisor, Schlumberger, Oil & Energy Sugar Land.

11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2022
Location: to be announced
“Spray dried therapeutics enable local treatment of lung cancer by inhalation delivery”
Dr. Kimberly Shepard, *15, Associate Principal Engineer, Research & Development, at Lonza in Bend.

11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, 2022
Location: to be announced
“Pharmaceutical world: from big giants to start-ups”
Dr. Yongkui Sun, Founder and CEO, IONOVA

11:30 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2022 
Location: to be announced
“Preparation for a life of entrepreneurship - perspectives from a career in start-ups/small businesses”
Dr. John Lettow ’96, President, Vorbeck Materials Corp.

11:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2022
Location: to be announced
“Living in High Tech”
Dr. Julie Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Universal Display Corporation


Building value collaborations between industry and the broad materials expertise of PCCM faculty is the basis of PCCM's industrial outreach program. The programs goals include:

  • Establish and advance broad based communications networks among PCCM faculty, students, external research partners and visiting collaborators.
  • Reciprocal hosting of members of PCCM with industry and other sector collaborators.
  • Promote and execute high value collaborations between industry & government labs and the broad materials expertise of PCCM faculty.
  • Capitalize outreach projects with industry and other sector to instill interaction and training of PCCM students interested in pursuing careers in the business sector.
  • Create valuable intellectual property assets and effective technology transfer emanating from outreach communication and collaboration activities.
  • Promote follow on projects between Industry and members of PCCM.
  • Expand utilization, membership, support and education programs to external users of the PCCM Imaging Analysis Center (IAC) shared access facility.

The PCCM industrial outreach program targets companies that overlap with research underway in the IRGs and seeds. Areas of particular interest include magnetic and semiconductor materials, molecular interfaces, self-assembled nanostructure and quantum materials and structures. In coordination with the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), we are able to expand our industrial collaborations. PRISM reflects a major commitment by Princeton University to explore the science and technology of materials, and builds in forging collaborations with industry to develop a host of new products and technologies. PCCM makes use of the PRISM industrial affiliates program to offer a multi-tiered, flexible membership agreement with categories of general member, partner, affiliate and non-profit/government.

Industrial and Government Labs Seminar Series (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021)
Industrial and Government Labs Seminar Series (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)
Industrial and Government Labs Seminar Series (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)
Industrial Seminar Series (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)
Industrial Seminar Series (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

PCCM visits Industrial Collaborators

MSE 505 class and PCCM graduate students visit ExxonMobil
On April 20, 2017, the MSE 505 class and PCCM graduate students participated in a tour at the ExxonMobil research center in Annandale, New Jersey.

ExxonMobil_visit_04-20-2017

MSE 302 class and PCCM graduate students visit Bristol-Myers Squibb
On November 8, 2016, the MSE 302 class and PCCM graduate students participated in a tour at Bristol-Myers Squibb in North Brunswick. The trip was led by Nan Yao, Industrial Outreach Director of PCCM and Rodney Priestley, Associate Director of PCCM.

MSE 302 class and PCCM graduate students with Nan Yao, Industrial Outreach Director of PCCM and Rodney Priestley, Associate Director of PCCM