Nicholas Peppas Appointed To The National Materials And Manufacturing Board

Professor Nicholas Peppas outside the Biomedical Building at The University of Texas at Austin.Dr. Nicholas Peppas, the Cockrell Family Regents Chair #6 and Texas ChE professor, has been appointed to the National Materials and Manufacturing Board (NMMB) of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine for a three-year term.

NMMB combines the charges of two preexisting boards: the National Materials Advisory Board and the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design. The mission of this new body is to build on the past achievements of its parent boards by providing objective, independent assessments of the current state of materials and manufacturing research – including at the atomic, molecular, and nano scales – and the applications of new and existing materials in innovative ways, including pilot-scale and large-scale manufacturing, the design of new devices, and disposal.

“My appointment to the National Materials and Manufacturing Board will allow me to better represent the academic and industrial community in areas such as nanomaterials, nanocomposites, biomaterials, cell manufacturing and related areas,” Peppas said. “I hope to be active in contributing and helping the National Research Council and the government in matters related to the utilization and manufacturing of materials.”

Previous studies by NMMB’s predecessors have covered a diversity of timely, consequential topics including global supply chains and national security, real-time detection of damage to materials in aerospace applications and of threat agents, integrated computational materials engineering, and management of existing U.S. materials resources.

Under the sponsorship of U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, and the National Science Foundation, NMMB is responsible for the strategic planning, program development, and administrative oversight of studies and other activities that expand this existing body of work.

Peppas also holds membership in numerous organizations of many disciplines including the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Sciences of Texas, and more.

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