Apr. 11th, 2017

Not "Madame President," although she can be addressed as such, but MRS President.

A while back, I posted that I qualified as middle-aged, since a college classmate and acquaintance of mine had been elected to the U.S. Senate. Now, however, a friend from graduate school occupies a much more prestigious and important position. A mailing from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State informs me that Susan Trolier-McKinstry, Ph.D., is now President of the Materials Research Society.

I remember how, nearly thirty years ago, Susan Trolier and I were in the same solid state physics class near the heart of campus, and used to walk together to the Materials Research Lab at the east end of campus. Not long after the end of that semester, her engagement to the younger Mr. McKinstry was announced (his father was a professor). She stayed on to become a professor at Penn State herself, while I bounced around and ended at the Patent Office.

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