Joe Burnett and the Next Generation of Materials Science

As theorized by William Strauss and Neil Howe in Generations, each generation embraces its own set of ideologies and plays a distinctive role in shaping the economic and social landscapes of society. Whether those beliefs are ushered in on the wings of civic responsibility such as the G.I. Generation who took part in the first era of industrialization at the World’s Fair, the responsiveness of the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers effort in the Manhattan Project, or emblematic of Gen X and Millennials proclivity to global awareness, fostered in part by the internet, the six generations that currently inhabit the world utilize materials science to revolutionize living standards. Historical events and social trends aren’t the only factors in classifying the generations, however. Materials themselves hold special value in establishing scientific progress throughout the ages. The use of stone, bronze, iron, and steel have all marked critical eras in history, and presently funding agencies promote national programs in advancing the study and discovery of novel magnetic materials. (more…)