The Materials Research Society has recognized Prof. Bethanie Stadler as an MRS Fellow, honoring her exceptional research and her outstanding contributions to the field of materials research. The fellowship is a lifetime appointment, and commends Prof. Stadler “[f]or distinguished service to materials research and for pioneering work in magneto-photonics integration and magnetic nanowire devices that enable far-reaching applications of fundamental science to improve the quality of life.”
Scientific Contributions to the Field
Prof. Stadler’s contributions to the field of materials research through her work on magnetic nanowires and magneto-optical garnets, and her service to the MRS have gone a long way to the advancement of the field. She has led her research group to develop a process that creates the largest number of perfectly ordered closely packed magnetic metal nanowires known till date. She has also proposed nanowires for novel array read heads in hard drives, for which she has been invited to present at magnetics conferences by Seagate.
She has also applied materials research to control the strain and defect structure of garnets to produce low optical loss waveguides on multiple substrates, including the silicon-insulator-silicon substrate. More recently, her group has developed push/pull garnets that can be used to make efficient devices in uniform magnetic fields. Her work has practical implications for industrial and biomedical applications.
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Service to the Society
Prof. Stadler’s engagement with the Materials Research Society began early, while she was a graduate student at MIT, as its student chapter president. While chapter president, she was invited to join the Society’s membership committee, during which time she created the first annual report template for student chapters. Her template guided chapters on identifying what was important, planning their activities accordingly, and submitting successful chapter reports, which are all integral to the running of successful chapters. Her success led to an invitation to form a new subcommittee, the Special Projects Subcommittee, which was responsible for encouraging student chapters to undertake projects that coincided with the Society’s goals. She was later asked to be the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee while a postdoctoral fellow. This was followed by a request to further undergraduate research within the MRS. To fulfill this charge, Prof. Stadler established the Undergraduate Materials Research Initiative, which endured for five years, before the funds were redirected to another Society effort, a global science museum called Strange Matter, an effort that she strongly supported. She has been on the MRS’ Board of Directors (2005 – 2007), and then Secretary of the MRS (2008 – 2010). She has served on, and actively engaged with several Society committees, while also organizing several symposia in her areas of research, magnetics and photonics. Since the start of 2018, Prof. Stadler has been serving as chair of the Program Development Subcommittee.
Prof. Stadler’s continued engagement and active contributions to the scientific world and to the MRS should not come as a surprise to anyone. She was honored as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2015. And in 2017, she was honored with the George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service by the University’s College of Science and Engineering. Prof. Stadler has carried on her service engagements, along with her research and teaching responsibilities, and we in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are very proud of her achievements.