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Industry: Our Advisory Board

The Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering Vision

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we are a new model for a School of Materials Science and Engineering. Based on a strong foundation of interdisciplinary, radical collaboration, industrial support, and dynamic balance, our Vision is to be a leader of inclusive excellence, empowering world-class students to solve global challenges of enduring significance through materials innovation.

Industrial Advisory Board

The Materials Science and Engineering Industrial Advisory Board collaborates closely with the Department, College of Engineering, and University to facilitate the success of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at Boise State.

Industrial Advisory Board Goals

The Industrial Advisory Board Serves to:

  1. Promote the national and international reputation of,
  2. Promote the regional reputation of, and
  3. Provide advice and support to,

the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering.

Board MembersMicron School of Materials Science and Engineering
Dan Branagan, Ph.D. - The NanoSteel Company
B.S. Metallurgy, Michigan Tech. Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, Iowa State.
Member Since 2016

Dr. Daniel Branagan is the founder and CTO of The NanoSteel Company, the world leader in nano-structured steel material designs. Prior to NanoSteel, Dr. Branagan was a research scientist at Idaho National Laboratory. Throughout his career he has focused on the development and commercialization of paradigm changing disruptive nanotechnology that transforms modern design and functionality. He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments as a top innovator. Dr. Branagan holds over 150 patents worldwide with another 150 patents pending and has been published in 100 peer reviewed journal and technical publications.
Nigel Browning, Ph.D. - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
B.S. Physics, University of Reading. Ph.D. Physics, University of Cambridge.
Member Since 2016

Dr. Nigel Browning is a laboratory fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He leads the Chemical Imaging Initiative Project, which seeks to make characterization a part of processing new materials. His research focuses on structure properties relationships at atomic scale defects and internal interfaces. Dr. Browning is an expert in S/TEM and TEM imaging. Previously, Dr. Browning held positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of California at Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Dianne Chong, Ph.D. - The Boeing Company (retired)
M.S. and Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. M.S., Manufacturing Management, Washington University.
Member Since 2016

Dr. Dianne Chong was vice president of research and technology in the Boeing Engineering, Operations and Technology organization. She led special projects that impacted processes and program integration for the Boeing Enterprise. Dr. Chong previously served as the vice president of materials, manufacturing, structures and support, where she was responsible for the development and support of manufacturing processes and program integration. She has also served as director of Materials and Process Technology for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and in several other positions throughout her 28 year career at Boeing.
Du Li, Ph.D. - Micron Technology
Ph.D. Materials Engineering, Purdue University
Member Since 2004

Dr. Du Li is one of the founding members of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. He has had a significant role in guiding the academic program from the early phases of development and continues to provide guidance to ensure program success. Dr. Li serves as the manager of the TEM Laboratory at Micron Technology, where he has worked since 1994. His expertise is in structure and composition analysis using TEM, surface analysis using STM, and epitaxial growth/thin film deposition.
Grant Norton, Ph.D. - Washington State University
Ph.D. Materials, Imperial College, London
Member Since 2009

Dr. Grant Norton is a professor and dean of the Honors College in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University. Dr. Norton has served as associate dean of research and graduate programs for the College of Engineering and Architecture at WSU and was chair of the Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program. He joined WSU in 1991 after working for two multinational industrial companies in Europe. Dr. Norton is an expert in ceramic materials, nanotechnology, and clean technology.
Gurtej Sandhu, Ph.D. - Micron Technology
B.S. Electrical Engineering, IIT, New Delhi. Ph.D. Physics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Member and Chair Since 2012

Dr. Gurtej Sandhu is a senior fellow and director at Micron Technology. He is responsible for Micron’s end-to-end (Si to Package) research and technology road maps. He drives cross-functional alignment across various departments, managing engineering groups to resource and execute on critical technology projects and manages interactions with research partners and consortia around the world. Dr. Sandhu has held a number of engineering and management roles at Micron and is actively involved in a broad range of process technologies for integrated circuit processing. He has pioneered several process technologies that are currently used in mainstream semiconductor chip manufacturing. Dr. Sandhu holds several hundred U.S. patents.