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Faculty Lecture to focus on technology, environmental pollution

Chad Ulven, professor and associate chair of mechanical engineering, has been selected to present the 2019 Faculty Lectureship, one of the oldest and most prestigious of NDSU’s awards.

Ulven is scheduled to present “Societal Crossroads: Materials that do not kill us will make us stronger” Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., in the Memorial Union’s Century Theater. A reception will follow the lecture.

“I am deeply honored that I was selected for the Faculty Lectureship amongst such great colleagues at NDSU,” Ulven said of the award that recognizes sustained professional excellence in teaching, scholarly achievement and service. “I work very hard towards excelling in all three areas expected of faculty at NDSU, so it is great to be recognized for these efforts. I work with such fantastic students, staff and colleagues that always challenge and motivate me to do my best.”

Canan Bilen-Green, vice provost and Title IX coordinator, said, “The selection process for this award is rigorous. Dr. Ulven can be proud of this significant recognition by his faculty peers of his excellence in teaching, scholarly achievement and service.”

In his talk, Ulven will discuss how many life- changing technologies have emerged in recent years, and at the same time, waste material is piling up in the world’s oceans and landfills. Ulven hopes his lecture will help create a dialog about materials development and waste, potential solutions and what society needs to do next. 

Ulven, who joined the NDSU faculty in 2005,teaches materials-related courses and coordinates the senior design capstone course. He has been involved in the research of polymer matrix composites for various commercial and defense applications for the past 18 years. He has co-written six book chapters, 70 journal articles and more than 100 conference papers related to polymer matrix composites. 

He has been a co-author of five patent applications that led to two patents awarded and two spin-out companies. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NDSU and his master’s and doctoral degrees in materials engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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