Richard Roth / Director of Materials Systems Laboratory

Rich Roth is the director of the Materials Systems Laboratory, a research group at MIT that studies the strategic implications of materials and materials processing choices. Our research seeks to understand the competitive position of materials in specific applications, such as assessment of different candidate materials, assessment of process technologies, and evaluation of both the economic and non-economic consequences of each alternative. We also evaluate the promise and limits of materials, processes and designs; identify specific areas of improvement for each alternative that will improve its competitiveness; and determine the “best case” scenario for each option.