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"For her unique combination of theoretical and experimental insight into polymer self-organization."Background:
Dr. Mayes is currently Associate Professor of Polymer Physics in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at M.I.T. She received her Bachelor's degree from M.I.T. in 1986 and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1991, both in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. Following a two-year appointment as Visiting Scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center, she joined the M.I.T. faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor. In 1995 she was named Class of '48 Assistant Professor of Polymer Physics, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997. Her research program consists of integrated theoretical and experimental studies of polymeric materials, with special emphasis on block copolymers and polymer surfaces and interfaces.
Dr. Mayes is author or co-author of over 50 publications. She received the NSF Outstanding Young Investigator Award in 1993, and was named the Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator in 1998. She has been an active member of the American Physical Society since 1987.