Leadership of the Department

Malcolm McLaren, Chair, 1969 - 1994
Cullen Parmelee, Director 1902 - 1916

The Materails Science and Engineering Department has had nine Chairs or Directors over its 113+ year history.  

It all started in 1901 when Professor Myers, then head of the Chemistry Department, determined the need for a School of Ceramics and organzied its beginnings in 1902.

From 1902 until the present, here are the nine Chairs or Directors

  • Mr. Cullen W. Parmelee, 1902 - 1916
  • George H. Brown, 1917 - 1943
  • Edward P. McNamara, acting Director, 1943 - 1944

1944 - 1945.  Vacant.  Emma Nawrot Stett, a staff member, was vital in keeping the Department functioning and in existence during this period.

  • Dr. John Koenig, 1945 - 1969
  • Dr. Malcolm G. McLaren, 1969 - 1994.  This was a period of extraordinary growth and vitality for the Department.  Two new buildings were constructed.
  • Dr. Dale Niesz, 1994 - 2000
  • Dr. Steven Danforth, 2000 - 2006
  • Dr. Dunbar Birnie, 2006 - 2010
  • Dr. Richard Lehman, 2010 - present