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Larbalestier named to National Academy of Engineering

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Larbalestier named to National Academy of Engineering

David C. Larbalestier

David C. Larbalestier (19K JPG)

David Larbalestier, the Grainger Professor of Superconducting Materials and L.V. Shubnikov Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was named in February to the National Academy of Engineering. Larbalestier is a faculty member in the university's materials science program.

Larbalestier serves as director of the College of Engineering's Applied Superconductivity Center. In collaboration with several faculty members in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Larbalestier has been at the forefront of efforts to understand and develop new and better superconducting materials.

Membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is one of the highest honors accorded to engineers. Larbalestier joins 20 other University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty who are members of the academy. Members receive the honor through nomination and voting by their peers; there are about 2,000 members and foreign associates in the NAE.

Larbalestier received his bachelor's (1965) and doctoral (1970) degrees in physical metallurgy from Imperial College, the University of London.

Larbalestier joins three other colleagues from the college's Department of Materials Science and Engineering in attaining membership in the NAE. Others include Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Y. Austin Chang, Erwin W. Mueller Professor and Bascom Professor of Surface Science Max Lagally, and college Dean Paul Peercy, who holds a faculty appointment in the department. All are associated with the materials science program.

Department Chairman Sindo Kou said few materials science and engineering departments in the country have as many NAE members.

"David's work in discovering new superconducting materials has pushed the boundaries of engineering research," Kou said. "This honor is confirmation of the outstanding team of faculty we have in our department."

Larbalestier's research includes work on understanding the transport of supercurrent in superconductors. Work at the Applied Superconductivity Center has led to deeper understanding of superconductor-defect interactions. In addition, the Center has gained notice in recent years for its research on magnesium diboride, a recently discovered high-temperature superconducting material that is cheaper and easier to produce than other, more complex superconductors.


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