As we start the next decade, the AMLCI will continue to see new and exciting changes. We will continue to promote multidisciplinary R&D with a focus on soft matter at the interface to various nanoscale, mesostructured and biological materials. I am particularly enthusiastic about our upcoming endeavors for continued growth both in numbers as well as space. The end of this coming year will see the opening of our new facilities in KSU’s Integrated Science Building. We will also begin our new Symposium Series called the Materials Day that will see an annually changing topical theme, co-organized with other KSU institutes and initiatives. The theme of Materials Day 2020 (April 17-18, 2020) is “Materials for Energy and Sensing” and is co-organized by the AMLCI and the Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI). We will continue to renew and improve our research infrastructure, thereby providing new opportunities for collaborative research with both academia and industry partners. Finally, we will offer opportunities for our graduate students to apply for AMLCI scholarships and initiate entrepreneurial workshops and competitions together with KSU’s Design Innovation (DI) Initiative.
Jointly with our recently established new Internal and External Advisory Boards, our dedicated faculty, students and postdocs as well as our devoted staff, I am looking forward as we continue to strengthen our research and educational missions towards an AMLCI that continues to be recognized both nationally and internationally for cutting edge research in advanced materials science.