The Michael Ashby Outstanding Materials Educator Award

Presented at the ASEE Annual Conference, this prestigious award recognizes distinguished and exceptional contributions in materials science and engineering education. Mike AshbyIt is intended to honor an individual who has demonstrated notable leadership in the materials education area.

The annual award consists of a plaque, and meeting registration fee to attend the Summer 2018 ASEE annual meeting, where the recipient will accept the award and present an invited paper.

It is named in recognition of the achievements of renowned materials educator Professor Mike Ashby (pictured), the author of many leading textbooks in the field and an innovator in developing new approaches and resources to support materials teaching, such as the CES EduPack software.

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Granta Design is proud to co-sponsor this award that represents our commitment to ensuring that excellence in materials education as well as research is valued and rewarded. We look forward to meeting this year's winner, Amy Moll, at the ASEE conference and handing over this much deserved accolade.

Winner 2017

This year's recipient of the Michael Ashby Outstanding Materials Educator Award is: Amy MollAmy Moll

Amy Moll is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Dean of the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Amy received a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Following graduate school, Amy worked for Hewlett Packard. She joined the faculty at Boise State as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in August 2000. Along with Dr. Bill Knowlton, Amy founded the Materials Science and Engineering Program at BSU, and served as the first chair.

In February 2011, Amy became Dean of the College of Engineering. Her research interests include microelectronic packaging, 3-D integration, ceramic MEMS devices, and engineering education. She is committed to ensuring that all students in the College of Engineering at Boise State have access to a high-quality learning environment. Her guiding principle for the College of Engineering is “an unshakeable focus on student learning”. Amy especially enjoys teaching the Introduction to Engineering, and Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering courses as well as engineering outreach activities.

Nominations for the 2018 Award will be accepted until September 1, 2017, and should include:

  • Nominee information: Full name, organization, mailing address, telephone number.
  • Proposed citation: The proposed citation should be less than 75 words, in which the nominator summarizes the achievements upon which the nomination is based, avoiding flowery descriptions!
  • Nominator’s letter (two-page maximum): The letter of nomination should delineate the nominee’s contributions to the fields of materials science and encouraging education.
  • Additional support letter: No more than two accompanying letters of support that delineate the nominee’s contributions to materials education.
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee.

Nominations should be submitted by email to the Awards Committee Chair at

Further information

For more information about the materials division of ASEE, visit