Dear Alumni and Friends,
As the director of the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, I am inspired by the historic role our institute has played in the development of key technologies for flat panel liquid crystal displays (LCDs), switchable windows and writing tablets, among others. Today, the field is rapidly expanding into new and exciting directions that will help shape the future in fields as diverse as medical sensors, drug delivery, telecommunications, smart coatings, and energy harvesting and storage.
I am proud of our strong roots and our educational achievements. Our world-class faculty, with the help of students, have made a significant impact on science and technology through countless inventions and scientific breakthroughs. Now, more than ever, science and technology in advanced materials and liquid crystals will shape how we communicate with each other and our environment, how we harvest renewable energy and how we detect and treat disease.
Your gifts support our collective efforts to train the next generation of word-leaders, enhance our educational as well as entrepreneurial mission and facilitate critical expansions of our core research facilities.
It is my distinct pleasure to serve as the director of this world-renowned institute and work with astonishing faculty as well as highly talented students and postdoctoral scholars from around the globe. I am eternally grateful to our many generous donors, and trust that, together, we can shape the future of materials science here at Kent State University.
Torsten Hegmann, Ph.D., FRSC
Director and Professor
Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute