Nancy Sottos is the Donald B. Willet Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Sottos started her career at Illinois in 1991 after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. Her research interests include self-healing polymers and advanced composites, mechanochemically active polymers, tailored interfaces and novel materials for energy storage. Sottos’ research and teaching awards include the ONR Young Investigator Award, Scientific American’s SciAm 50 Award, the Hetényi Best Paper Award in Experimental Mechanics, the M.M. Frocht and B.J. Lazan Awards from the Society for Experimental Mechanics, the Daniel Drucker Eminent Faculty Award, an IChemE Global Research Award and the Society of Engineering Science Medal. She is a Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science and the Society for Experimental Mechanics.
What does the conference theme “Advanced Composites: Research to Impact” mean to you?
The conference theme is a highly relevant one. Translation of new innovations from basic research to high impact applications is critical for continued advancement of composites.
Please provide a short quote about why you are excited about participating in ICCM22?
I am excited to reconnect with colleagues from all over the world and discuss the latest advances in composite materials.
Where do you see the composite materials industry in the next 5 to 10 years?
The next 5 to 10 years will focus on rapid, out-of-autoclave processing of high performance components.