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Named professor in materials science and engineering

Mary E. Galvin, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
2:20 p.m., Nov. 19, 2004--Mary E. Galvin has been appointed Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, effective Sept. 1, in recognition of her notable record as a scholar and a teacher, and her distinguished service to the University of Delaware and beyond, Provost Dan Rich announced.

Her research includes the design and characterization of electroactive polymers, inorganic/organic nanocomposites and polymer blends and is currently funded by the Division of Materials Research of the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense Center of Materials Excellence at the UD Center for Composite Materials and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Galvin holds five U.S. patents.

A fellow of the American Physical Society, a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Galvin chaired the Gordon Research Polymer Conference in 1994, the Gordon Research Conference on Organic Thin Films in 1999 and was elected to the Advisory Council of Gordon Research Conferences, serving from 2001-03. She has served on several professional and advisory scientific boards, including the National Research Council Panel for Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Materials Research and the National Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board, Panel on Armor and Armaments.

Galvin has given many invited lectures and has published extensively in the field of polymer science. She serves as a member of the board of reviewers of Science.

Joining the UD faculty in 1998, Galvin came from Bell Laboratories where she established a research program that used synthetic polymer chemistry to create new materials. Previously, she was a scientist with Polaroid Corp.

A graduate of Manhattanville College, Galvin did graduate work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received her master’s and doctoral degrees in polymers/materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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