Sep 20, 2022
David Kaplan is Distinguished Professor and Stern Family
Professor of Engineering and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at
Tufts University and was recently elected to the National Academy
Research is achieving major breakthroughs in tissue growth,
cellular agriculture, medical implants, new ways to store
electricity and deal with plastic waste. The time is right for a
brief conversation with a leading researcher in materials science,
so we asked Dr. Kaplan:
- What have been the primary accelerators of discovery,
innovation, and invention in materials science during your
- Which are the principal “engines” producing new knowledge in
materials science – universities, large governmental and
non-governmental laboratories, or industry?
- The interdisciplinary nature of materials science research is
quite remarkable: How did that feature come about?
- What are the attributes of administrators and executives that
make for effective leadership to enable solid research in materials
- What does the near-term future hold in terms of new
advances in materials science?
Continuing to direct a large research laboratory while
chairing a major program in medical engineering, Dr. Kaplan speaks
with wit, pride, and humility about a field pushing its boundaries
in a multitude of directions with remarkable results already
affecting important change.
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