Bio: Dr. Pamir Alpay is the General Electric Endowed Professor in Advanced Manufacturing in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Physics of the University of Connecticut (UConn). He is presently the Executive Director of UConn’s Tech Park, leading the University’s efforts to increase strategic partnerships with businesses in a state-of-the-art research and development facility. Dr. Alpay’s research is primarily focused in materials modeling. His research employs a palette of theoretical tools ranging from ab initio computations to basic thermodynamic models. Dr. Alpay is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Ceramic Society. He is the recipient of several awards including the NSF CAREER grant in 2001, the UConn School of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in 2004, the UConn School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 2013 and the AAUP Excellence in Career Research and Creativity Award in 2018. He has over 190 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings, four invited book chapters, and an invited book co-authored on compositionally graded ferroelectric materials.