Initiated in 1999 to annually showcase MRL research to our Industrial and Venture partners, the Materials Research Outreach Program has evolved into so much more. In addition to providing a wonderful opportunity to interface with our corporate colleagues, the MROP has emerged as the principal occasion to hear about and share UCSB research in the broad Materials arena. The MROP has traditionally encouraged many newly-joined faculty members from a cross-section of UCSB Departments to showcase their research vision, leading to the nucleation of numerous collaborations. In recent years, with support from the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), efforts to involve colleagues from other California Universities and UC Labs have been initiated as well. Finally, the MROP has become an integral part of the undergraduate and graduate education, and post-doctoral experience of literally hundreds of students and fellows from Science and Engineering Departments on this campus.
The Materials Research Outreach Program also showcases the Cheetham Lecturer, an annual award honoring a scientist who has made significant contributions to materials research with industrial applications.
No matter which category best fits you, please feel welcome to attend the Materials Research Outreach Program, and thank you for your continued support. We hope you enjoy the MROP as much as we do.