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W. Craig Carter
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Professor W. Craig Carter is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and MacVicar Faculty Fellow, he was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, 1983 with a degree in Bachelor of Science, took up his MS at the University of California, Berkeley, 1987 and his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, 1989. His research centers on theory and meso-scale modelling of materials properties and processing. In particular, Professor Carter has focused on thermodynamics and kinetics of interfaces, simulations of microstructural evolution, and predictions of fracture and reliability in materials. Recently, his work has turned towards the science of battery materials and has recently co-founded a company, 24M, with Prof. Yet-Ming Chiang which will produce grid scale energy storage solutions. I have just started a new research program on economic models of battery usage on the electric grid. He is also very interested in pedagogy—-especially on how to combine research and new knowledge with foundational learning.. Professor Carter has received NSF funding to develop new teaching methods for science and engineering. He has received MIT’s highest honors for teaching: The MacVicar fellowship which recognizes excellence in teaching for the institute and the Bose award or teaching excellence in the School of Engineering. Prof Carter has served in the following positions: National Research Council Post-doc, NIST (1989-1991), Staff Scientist, Rockwell International Science Center, (1991-92), Research Scientist, NIST (1992-98), Assoc. Prof. MIT (1998-2003), Cofounder, 24M technologies (2010-), Full Professor MIT (2003-). Professor Carter is the recipient of the following Honors and Awards: MacVicar Distinguished Teaching Fellow (2008), Bose Award for excellence in engineering education (2008), R.M. Fulrath award, Am. Ceram. Soc. (2006), Fellow, Am. Ceram. Soc. (1999), Technology of the Year (1999), Civil Service Bronze medal (1997), Robert L. Coble award for young scientists (1996), Ross Coffin Purdy award for best paper (1990). Professor Craig Carter and 3.016 are the triumphant winners of APO’s Big Screw competition. The competition awards a two-foot long left-handed aluminum screw to the faculty member or staff person “most deserving of such an award”; the winner is determined by the amount of money contributed in his or her name and all proceeds are donated to the winner’s chosen charity. Professor Carter has designated Camp Kesem, a camp for children whose parents have or have had cancer. According to the Big Screw website, this is the first time a Course 3 faculty member has won the competition and congratulates Prof. Carter on this honor for which he has worked so hard.