A Spectacular Night of Alumni Networking and Fun

The evening of Tuesday, October 3, 2023, will forever be etched in the memories of those who attended the Oktoberfest Mixer at Barley’s Brewing in Columbus, Ohio. This joyous gathering was hosted by four prestigious materials science and engineering (MSE) departments: NC State University, Clemson University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia. The event served as a delightful social occasion for attendees of the Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) conference, attracting alumni, staff, and faculty from these esteemed institutions. As the sun set over Columbus, a sense of camaraderie and celebration filled the air, making it a night to remember.

The charming event space at Barley’s Brewing Company served as the perfect backdrop for this momentous gathering. With its rustic ambiance and friendly staff, Barley’s Brewing created a warm and inviting atmosphere that encouraged attendees to mingle, network, and unwind.

To document the evening’s festivities, a Sony A7C camera paired with a Ronin RS3 stabilizer was used. This dynamic duo ensured that every smile, toast, and laughter-filled moment was beautifully captured, allowing attendees to relive the evening’s highlights for years to come.

One of the primary goals of the Oktoberfest Mixer was to foster connections and collaboration among materials science enthusiasts. Attendees ranged from alumni with years of experience to current students excitedly embarking on their academic journeys. This diversity created a rich tapestry of knowledge and expertise.

The Oktoberfest Mixer was a resounding success. It showcased the power of collaboration and the importance of networking in materials science and engineering. Attendees left with new friends, fresh perspectives, and a sense of belonging to a vibrant MSE community. As the night ended and attendees bid farewell, they carried cherished memories and a renewed enthusiasm for their chosen field.

This event was a testament to the enduring spirit of knowledge sharing and camaraderie that defines the world of materials science, and it will be remembered as a highlight of the 2023 MS&T conference. Cheers to the organizers, attendees, and Barley’s Brewing Company for making this Oktoberfest Mixer an unforgettable evening of fun and connection.