M&M 2016

M&M 2016 — Plenary Speakers

Monday, July 25, 2016
Columbus Convention Center


Professor Mark Miodownik
University College London, UK

Materials for the 21st Century

Professor Mark Miodownik is the UCL Professor of Materials & Society. He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials engineer in the USA, Ireland and the UK. For more than ten years he has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making where he is Director and runs the research program (www.instituteofmaking.org.uk). Prof. Miodownik is a well-known author and broadcaster. He regularly presents BBC TV programs on materials science and engineering which have reached millions of viewers in more than 200 countries. In 2013 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal, and he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014. He is author of Stuff Matters which won the Royal Society Winton Prize in 2014.


Drew Berry
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia

Beyond the Limits of Microscopy: Revealing the Unseeable through Hollywood Visual Effects

Drew Berry is a biomedical animator who creates scientifically accurate and aesthetically rich visualizations that reveal the cellular and molecular processes for a wide range of audiences. Beginning his career as a cell biologist and microscopist, Drew brings a rigorous scientific approach to each project, immersing himself in relevant research to ensure current data are represented. Since 1995, he has been a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. His animations have exhibited at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Royal Institute of Great Britain and the University of Geneva. In 2010 he received a MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Grant."