2019 Technical Conference & Review

2019 MII Technical Conference & Review

November 4-6

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

Conference Theme: Macromolecular Materials Discovery at the Intersection of Science, Engineering, and Society.

*Full Conference Program TBA

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Come early and stay late!

Pre-Conference Workshop

"Learning About Machine Learning"
November 4, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center

Post-Conference Workshop

Advanced Polymer Characterization Workshop by Tosoh
November 7, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
Newman Library, Room 207A

MII organizes a technical conference and review meeting on the Virginia Tech campus to provide an opportunity for scientists and engineers from industry and government to learn about the activities of MII through 25+ faculty presentations and 120+ student posters.

There are also opportunities to learn new aspects of the integrated research and education programs at Virginia Tech to form partnerships with faculty and graduate/undergraduate students associated with the Institute.

2019 Plenary Speakers

Matthew Becker smiles at the camera and wears a dark suit.

Matthew Becker

Duke University

Professor of Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Material Science, and Orthopaedic Surgery

Katharine Covert

National Science Foundation

Program Director

Ashley Dustin wears a dark blue shirt with blue and green stripes. She smiles in front of a gray background.

Ashley Dustin

HRL Laboratories

Research Chemist

John Layman looks at the camera and smiles.

John Layman

Procter & Gamble

R&D Section Head, Materials Science

Murugappan Muthukumar dons glasses and a big grey and white mustache and looks at the camera.

Murugappan Muthukumar

UMass Amherst

Wilmer D. Barrett Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering

Askim Senyurt is in front of a light blue background and wears a denim shirt and smiles at the camera.

Askim Senyurt


Senior Material Innovator

If you are a Virginia-based company and interested in attending the conference, please contact MII at mii@vt.edu for more information!

SAVE $50.00 by registering before October 4, 2019!

Conference Registration

  • Registration for the MII Conference will begin Monday, November 4, 2019, from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. 
  • The meeting will begin at 1:00 PM on Monday and will conclude at 5:00 PM on Wednesday. 
  • The registration fee ($350.00 before 10/4/19; $400.00 after 10/4/19) includes attendance at the technical meeting, all receptions and breaks, banquet, and the meeting proceedings.

*If you are a Virginia Tech faculty member or student, please email mii@vt.edu for registration instructions.


The Holtzman Alumni Center is home to the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center are adjacent to the Holtzman Alumni Center.

Hotel Accommodations

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-8000 or (877) 200-3360

The block of rooms at the Inn at Virginia Tech are only being held until October 3, so please make reservations for your hotel room accordingly – reserve your room today!

**Due to over-enrollment at Virginia Tech, the number of available rooms at the Inn at Virginia Tech has decreased significantly, so there are only a limited number of rooms available at the site. Other hotels within short walking distance include the Hyatt Place Blacksburg/University and the Residence Inn Blacksburg-University

For further information on this or future programs, contact MII by phone at (540) 231-6824 or by e-mail at mii@vt.edu.