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UMass PSE Graduate Program

We provide a broad education, spanning core principles in synthetic chemistry, physical chemistry, materials science, and engineering - defining the frontiers of polymers and soft materials through research, scholarship and community.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr

    Professor Ashley Carter

    Department of Physics and Astronomy Biochemistry and Biophysics Program Amherst College The Physics of DNA Folding Hosted by: Al Crosby
  • May

    Professor Jinglei Ping

    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering UMass Amherst
  • May

    Special Seminar - Professor Voravee Hoven '97

    Department of Chemistry  Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University Title: TBA Hosted by: Al Crosby & James Watkins
  • May

    Mingqiu Hu

    Defense Title: TBA Advised by: Thomas Russell
    Dissertation Defense

Al Crosby - PSE Department Head

We are happy to welcome Al Crosby as the new Department Head of Polymer Science & Engineering. Al has been a member of the PSE faculty since 2002, and he has led a research program focused on bioinspired materials mechanics. He and his group are broadly known for their fundamental and applied advances with regards to polymer adhesion, including the Geckskin technology, cavitation and failure dynamics in synthetic gels and biological tissues, and most recently, high speed and high acceleration movement in soft systems. Al also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Soft Matter, and has served as the President of the Adhesion Society and the academic advisor to the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a member of the National Academy of Inventors. He co-founded Felsuma, LLC, which commercialized the Geckskin technology. 

Al is excited to maintain the strong history of PSE and to work with the faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and students to define this field, which is at the center of our society’s most critical challenges. He is committed to enhancing the diversity, equity, and inclusion of all aspects of science and engineering within PSE, across UMass, and beyond. As a first generation college graduate, first Ph.D. in his extended family, and the son of a refugee immigrant, Al has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of education, especially in the pursuit of degrees in STEM.

Al Crosby - New PSE Department Head
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