Bruce Wessels

Bruce Wessels

Title: Materials Scientist, Educator

Location: Wilmette, Illinois, United States

Bruce Wessels, Materials Scientist, Educator at Northwestern University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in optoelectronics.

Dr. Wessels became involved in his profession as a researcher at general electric, which was his first position after getting his doctorate. He saw an ad by general electric stating they were most interested in Tau Beta Pi engineers. He felt inspired and felt the need to work hard while there. In addition, what attracted him to his career like so many of his contemporaries was Sputnik, the Russian satellite that launched in 1957. Dr. Wessels earned a Bachelor of Science in metallurgy and materials science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He followed that up by receiving a PhD in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973.

The highlights of Dr. Wessels’ career was becoming president of TMS at the age of 50 and becoming head of the faculty senate, which was the faculty governing body. He started his profession with the General Electric Research and Development Center in 1972 as a member of the technology staff and in 1976 he stepped in as the acting branch manager. He remained with the company until 1977, when he received a position at Northwestern University. To this day, he remains on staff with Northwestern University. During his time with Northwestern University, Dr. Wessels has held the positions of associate professor, assistant professor, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, professor of materials science and engineering, professor of electrical and computer engineering and was named a Walter P. Murphy Professor.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Wessels has been inducted as a fellow of ASMI, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Mining and AIM. He has also been inducted as a member of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, where he held numerous positions like president, the Electrochemical Society of Materials Research, the Yellow Optical Society of America, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and Electroceramics. Dr. Wessels has also been the editor of five books and on editorial board of the Journal of Electronic Materials and the Journal of Electroceramics. He has contributed articles to journals and is a holder of patents. Furthermore, Dr. Wessels has been listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World.

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