Penn State professor elected as American Physical Society Fellow

Bryan D. Vogt, Penn State professor of chemical engineering Credit: Jamie Oberdick / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The American Physical Society (APS) elected Bryan D. Vogt, Penn State professor of chemical engineering, as one of its 2019 fellows. 

The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise in physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics or significant contributions to physics education. 

Each year, no more than one half of one percent of the society's membership is recognized by their peers for election to the status of fellow. This year, Vogt is one of 168 fellows selected and recognized for their contributions to science.  

The APS citation stated that Vogt received the honor for his “insightful contributions to the understanding of polymer thin films and process-structure relationships of self-assembled polymers.” Vogt’s research focuses on the processing science of soft materials, such as polymers, with an emphasis on addressing problems associated with manufacturability and long-term material performance. This includes understanding how a soft material’s properties are affected by its manufacturing and processing and how these evolve in use, with a goal of creating soft materials with improved durability and functionality. 

“We are delighted to see Bryan elected as a APS Fellow,” said Phillip Savage, head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair. “This recognition is more than warranted given the advances his lab has made in understanding how processing techniques can be used to control the structure of soft materials.”

Along with his APS membership, Vogt is a member of American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He currently serves as an associate editor for ACS Applied Polymer Materials. His prior leadership roles in national organizations include stints as the chair of both the AIChE polymers division and the AIChE materials engineering and science division. He has published more than 170 articles in peer-reviewed research journals.

“It is humbling to be recognized by my peers for contributions and to be associated in the same category as giants in the field,” Vogt said. “With the limitations placed by APS on the maximum number of fellows, this honor is particularly special."

Last Updated November 19, 2019