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Surface Engineering and Coatings

Yip-Wah Chung (Co-Director, currently on leave to NSF) received his PhD in physics from University of California at Berkeley in 1977. He is currently professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University. His research activities include surface science, tribology, and thin films. He was twice named Teacher of the Year in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern and received the SAE Ralph A. Teetor Engineering Educator Award. He was a visiting fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science, fellow AVS and fellow ASM International. He was elected Director of the American Vacuum Society in 1998 and won the National Storage Industry Consortium Technical Achievement award for developing nitrogenated carbon overcoats for use in hard disk drives today. He won the ASME Tribology Division Innovative Research Award in 2002. He served as director of the NSF-IUCR Center for Engineering Tribology from 1987 to 1992, and then as department chair from 1992 to 1998. He is chair-elect of AVS Advanced Surface Engineering Division.