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Los Alamos Chapter Meeting

  • April 20, 2018
  • Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave
  • Los Alamos , NM , USA


Irving Langmuir - The Early Career of a Materials Engineer

Presenting: Dr. John McCoy, Professor, Materials & Metallurgical Engineering Department New Mexico Tech

Friday, April 20th 6:00pm


Irving Langmuir was awarded the 1932 Nobel Prize for his work on surface science. His later work with Katherine Blodgett on monolayer films is well known, and the journal Langmuir is named in his honor. In New Mexico, he is remembered for his studies on Cloud Seeding (in his B-17 Flying Fortress flown out of Socorro airport). These were important early studies of cloud physics and laid the foundation for the current field of “Geo-Engineering”. In the present seminar, the early career of Langmuir at GE will be summarized. It was during this period that he revolutionized the light bulb, saved the company from certain ruin, performed his Nobel Prize winning work, and established the paradigm for Industrial Research.

Fuller Lodge

2132 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM

Friday, April 20, 2018

Social Hour: 6:00pm, Dinner 7:00pm, Presentation: 7:30pm

With RSVP: Free for Students, Members and their guests, $15 for non-members

At the door: $10 for Students, Members and their guests, $25 for non-members

RSVP by 5pm Wednesday, April 18th. Click here to RSVP

 About the Speaker:

John McCoy is a professor in the Materials Engineering Department of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech). He joined the department in 1991 where he has remained active in both teaching and research. Dr. McCoy received New Mexico Tech’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993 and Distinguished Research Award in 2001. He is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of modeling and experimental studies of polymeric materials. He has been the primary advisor of over a dozen graduate students and is a member of both the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society.


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