Chung, a friend of Chemistry and a PhD alumna of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was one of 270 inductees this year.
Department of Chemistry Friend and Donor Deborah Chung (PhD III ’77) is one of 270 newly inducted members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Chung, a member of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty at the University of Buffalo, conducted her graduate studies at MIT with Professor Millie Dresselhaus, earning her PhD from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Chung specializes in materials science and engineering, particularly smart materials; multifunctional structural materials, concrete; thermal management; battery electrode materials; carbon fibers and nanofibers; composite materials and their interfaces;, electronic packaging materials; electromagnetic interference shielding materials; and vibration damping materials.
“With the election of these members, the academy is honoring excellence, innovation, and leadership and recognizing a broad array of stellar accomplishments. We hope every new member celebrates this achievement and joins our work advancing the common good,” said David W. Oxtoby, president of the academy.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.”