MDI Summer Institute.

The 2020 Erich Bloch Symposium is cancelled and will be scheduled for 2021.

Due to caution regarding COVID-19 and the safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests, we are cancelling this year's Erich Bloch Symposium. Please continue to visit the UB COVID-19 Information website for updates and important information related to this evolving situation.

Keeping you informed and engaged in materials design.

The MDI Summer Institute is an extra-mural program that supports a broad range of outreach activities that promote research and educational platforms in materials design. The flagship event in the MDI Summer Institute is the annual Erich Bloch Symposium. Other activities and events include summer training workshops, industry seminars, and invited guest lecture series. 

photo of 2017 Erich Bloch Symposium.

Past Summer Institute Events

An annual symposium dedicated to the late Erich Bloch. The 2019 theme is Discovering Pathways to Innovation.
An annual symposium dedicated to the late Erich Bloch. The 2018 theme was Accelerating Innovation for a Regenerative Economy.
June 6, 2018 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Hayes Hall | UB South Campus | The Collaboratory for a Regenerative Economy (CoRE) is a partnership between the University at Buffalo, Clean Production Action and Niagara Share.
The inaugural symposium dedicated to the late Erich Bloch, former director of the National Science Foundation who helped endow the Department of Materials Design and Innovation at UB.

We are approaching materials science in the broadest terms. We have a very ambitious agenda, as we are exploring how innovation in materials science can lead to major breakthroughs for the grand challenges facing society in areas such as health, environment, policy and energy.”

Krishna Rajan
Erich Bloch Chair
Empire Innovation Professor

Department of Materials Design and Innovation