Futuristic Ideas in Materials Science

December 9, 2015

By Ben Milos Recently, I’ve taken a particular interest in materials science and engineering. As a mechanical engineer in my first-ever materials class, I realize I have a lot to learn. For instance, I stumbled upon a story on CNN.com that talks about the future of biomaterials. More specifically, it talks about methods for 3D printing hearts and other vital components of the body. To me this sounded almost too good to be true, and I couldn’t imagine how effective these man-made body parts could be in a real human body. In fact, Professor Pranav Soman is working on something similar right here at Syracuse University. Amazingly, he’s researching how to 3D print bones. Ideas like these have put things into perspective for me and have helped me realize that we are on the verge of great advances in materials technology. Somehow we’ve only scratched the surface even though we have made some spectacular leaps over the last hundred years. This reminded me of a conversation I had with Professor Jeremy Gilbert concerning the future of materials science. We talked about how important nanomaterials and smart materials will become as the science advances and he helped paint a picture of what biomaterial-related careers will be like. It is inspiring to see how what we are learning in the classroom relates to our future. Clearly, the sky is the limit when it comes to these innovative concepts and I can’t wait to see where things will go. There will continue to be huge discoveries in material science as the ideas continue to come and it’s exciting to be in a position to possibly work on developing solutions through materials science on day. _________________________________________________________________ Ben Milos ’17 is a junior mechanical engineering student. Over the past couple years he has been involved everywhere on campus. He started getting involved during his sophomore year by becoming a Pathfinder engineering peer mentor. From there he became a physics coach to help teaching assistants guide students through problems during recitation. This semester he took on the role of Residential Adviser in Ernie Davis Hall. Milos chose to be a mechanical engineer because it is a broad field of engineering. He remains unsure where it will take him, but her has deep interests in sports, healthcare, and consulting. Someday he hopes to travel the world.