Department Milestones

Date Milestone
Spring 2014
Formation of the department approved; Jointly managed by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences
August 2015 Krishna Rajan hired as Erich Bloch Chair
Fall 2015 Faculty search initiated
Fall 2015 MS/PhD curriculum formulated
Spring 2016 First set of new faculty arrive in department
June 2016 First Erich Bloch Symposium held
Fall 2016
First graduate classes offered
Fall 2016 MDI Industry-Resident Scholar program initiated
MS/PhD curriculum formally approved
2017 New faculty hires receive first federal grants from the NSF, AFOSR, DOE and DARPA
June 2017 Second Erich Bloch Symposium held
Summer 2017 Collaboratory for a Regenerative Economy (CoRE) established
2017 First group of graduate students receive national research awards
2017 Inaugural class of MS graduates
2018 Completion of hiring phase for inaugural  class of faculty: MDI has 17 faculty, including several research appointments
2018 MDI completes move into Bonner Hall with its own dedicated teaching and laboratory space
NSF-Science and Technology Center BioXFEL Phase 2 awarded  
June 2018 Third Erich Bloch Symposium held
February 2019 Quanxi Jia elected to National Academy of Inventors
2019 SAMRI-SUNY Applied Materials Research Institute established with MDI representing UB on advisory board
2019 MDI awarded NSF-REU to establish summer undergraduate research program
June 2019 Fourth Erich Bloch Symposium held
Spring 2020 BS degree formally approved for Fall 2020 start
2020 Center for Materials Processing Data (CMPD) industry–academia consortia with UConn, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute established
May 2020 Inaugural class of PhD graduates
Fall 2020 Accelerated BS/MS program established with the Department of Chemistry