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February 14, 2018

Alumni and friends create John H. Perepezko Student Support Fund

Written By: Annie Anderson

Alumni and friends of Professor John H. Perepezko have created the John H. Perepezko Student Support Fund in honor of Perepezko and his dedication to the students of the materials science and engineering department. Perepezko joined the department as an assistant professor in 1975 and is currently the IBM Bascom Professor of

Students Casey Brown and Brooklyn Carlson
Students Casey Brown and Brooklyn Carlson were recipients of the first disbursement from the Perepezko fund. Pictured from left: Professor Mike Arnold, Professor John Perepezko, Casey Brown, Brooklyn Carlson and Professor and Chair Paul Voyles. Submitted photo.

Materials Science and Engineering. He is a world leader in physical metallurgy and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004 for innovations in solidification processing to obtain useful microstructured, nanostructured and amorphous materials.

In addition to excellence in research, the other hallmark of his work is his devotion to our students. He has been the faculty advisor to Materials Advantage, the department’s undergraduate student organization, for decades. He has mentored a remarkable number of undergraduate researchers and has helped fund their travel to conferences or abroad for internships.

In August 2017, department faculty member, Grainger Institute for Engineering director and Perepezko alumnus Dan Thoma organized a Perepezko group alumni reunion in Madison. Led by Thoma, gifts from those alumni created the Perepezko Student Support Fund. The fund honors Perepezko’s ongoing work with MS&E students by providing financial support for undergraduate and graduate research, conference travel and other scholastic activities within the department. At the department’s scholarship reception, Chair Paul Voyles announced the first disbursement from the fund, which will support Materials Advantage member travel to the 2018 TMS annual meeting, in Phoenix, Arizona, in March 2018.

To make a gift to the Perepezko fund, please visit and enter “John H. Perepezko Student Support Fund” in the gift designation field.