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Daniel Gall

Professor

 

 

Prof. Daniel Gall joined RPI in 2002. He leads the Thin Films and Nanostructures group. For more details see his professional or personal homepages.

 

Office: MRC 204

Email: galld@rpi.edu

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Minghua Zhang

Ph.D. Candidate

 

Minghua joined our group in Fall 2019. He uses epitaxial thin film deposition to study new materials for electron transport at the nanoscale.

 

Office: MRC 130A

Email: zhangm17@rpi.edu

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Poyen Shen

Ph.D. Candidate

 

Poyen joined our group in Fall 2020. He works on new materials for interconnects in microelectronics.

 

Office: MRC 130A

Email: shenp4@rpi.edu

Moishee (Elie) Azoff-slifstein

Ph.D. Candidate

 

Elie joined our group in Fall 2020. He works on new nitrides and carbides.

 

Office: MRC 130A

Email: azoffm@rpi.edu

Sadiq Shahriyar Nishat

Ph.D. Candidate

 

Nishat joined our group in Fall 2021. He works on novel electronic materials.

 

Office: MRC 130A

Email: nishas@rpi.edu

Anshuman Thakral

Ph.D. Candidate

 

Anshuman joined our group in Fall 2021. He works on thin films with metastable phases.

 

Office: MRC 130A

Email: thakra@rpi.edu

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Sanzida Rahman

Ph.D. Candidate

 

Sanzida joined our group in Fall 2022. She works on thin film deposition of electronic materials.

 

Office: MRC 130A

Email: rahmas4@rpi.edu

 

Daniel Syracuse

M.S. Candidate

 

Daniel joined our group in Fall 2022. He works on electron transport in nanoscale materials.

 

Office: MRC 130A

Email: syracd@rpi.edu

 

Katie Gray

Undergraduate Student

 

Katie joined our group in Summer 2022. She studies electronic transport and optical properties of thin films.

 

Email: grayk6@rpi.edu

Emma Sponga

Undergraduate Student

 

Emma joined our group in Summer 2022. She studies thin film deposition of nitride-carbide superlattices.

 

Email: sponge@rpi.edu

Harper Chisari

Undergraduate Student

 

Harper joined our group in Fall 2022. He explores thin film device concepts.

 

Email: chisah@rpi.edu

 

 

 

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Atharv Jog

Ph.D. 2022

 

Atharv joined our group in Fall 2018. He worked on the resistivity size effect in nanoscale metals. After graduation, he joined IBM.

 

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Peijiao Fang

Ph.D. 2021

 

Peijiao joined our group in Fall 2017. She worked on the epitaxial growth of WC, MoC, and TiC hard coating materials. After graduation, she joined Applied Materials.

 

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Prachi Pragnya

Ph.D. 2021

 

Prachi joined our group in Fall 2017. She worked on in situ observation of electrochemical processes. After graduation, she joined Global Foundries.

 

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Mary McGahay

Ph.D. 2020

 

Mary joined our group in Fall 2016. She worked on 2-dimensional nanoscale materials. After graduation, she was awarded an Innovative Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation and joined the startup SMART Pad LLC.

 

 

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Baiwei Wang

Ph.D. 2020

 

Baiwei joined our group in Fall 2016. He worked on deposition and characterization of new nitride semiconductors. After graduation, he joined Applied Materials Inc.

 

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Erik Milosevic

Ph.D. 2019

 

Eric joined our group in Fall 2015. He used epitaxial thin film deposition to create new electronic materials and studies their properties. After graduation, he joined Globalfoundries.

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Tianji Zhou

Ph.D. 2018

 

Tianji joined our group in Fall 2013. He studied electron transport using first principles simulations. After graduation, he joined IBM.

 

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Karthik Balasubramanian

Ph.D. 2017

 

Karthik joined our group in Fall 2013. He studied fundamental properties of nitrides by first-principles simulations. After graduation, he joined Global Foundries.

 

 

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Brian Ozsdolay

Ph.D. 2016

Brian joined our group in Fall 2012. He worked novel transition metal nitrides. After graduation, he joined Intel.

 

Email: bozs533@yahoo.com

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Pengyuan Zheng

Ph.D. 2015

 

Pengyuan joined our group in Fall 2012. He worked on electron transport for future electronics. After graduation, he joined Micron Technology.

 

Email: z1984429@gmail.com

 

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Ruopeng Deng

Ph.D. 2013

 

Ruopeng joined our group in Fall 2009. His work is on AlN and ScN optoelectronic and piezoelectric materials for novel device applications. He has joined LAM research.

 

Email: ruop.deng@gmail.com

 

Jasmeet S. Chawla

Ph.D. 2011

 

Jasmeet joined our group in Fall 2007. His work focused on electron transport in nanoscale structures. He has joined the Intel Component Research Division.

 

Email: jasmeetchawla@gmail.com

 

Xunyuan Zhang

Ph.D. 2011

 

Xunyuan joined our group in Fall 2007. He studied the electronic structure of CrN by optical and electronic transport measurements. He has joined Global Foundries.

 

Email: zhangx11@rpi.edu

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Srijit Mukherjee

Ph.D. 2009

 

Srijit Mukherjee joined our group in Spring 2007. He developed scaling relationship models for nanorod growth under extreme shadowing and at elevated temperature. He has joined Intel to work on interconnect deposition.

 

Email: srijit.mukherjee@gmail.com

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Michael D. Gasda

Ph.D. 2009

 

Mike joined our group in Fall 2007. He has designed various new nanostructured electrodes for PEM fuel cells (patent pending). After his graduation, he has joined Bloom Energy to work on solid oxide Fuel Cells.

 

Email: mikegasda@gmail.com

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Christopher P. Mulligan

M.S. 2004, Ph.D. 2009

 

Chris Mulligan joined our group in 2003, and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees while simultaneously holding a research staff position at Benet Laboratories. His thesis research focused on CrN-Ag self-lubricating nanoporous hard-coatings. Chris continues to work at Benet Labs and also continues his collaboration with our group as a Visiting Scientist (see above)

 

Email: c.mulligan@us.army.mil

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Jaya M. Purswani

Ph.D. 2008

 

Jaya Purswani joined our group in Fall 2004. She developed a method to grow atomically smooth single-crystal Cu layers, studied their surface morphology by in-site STM, and demonstrated specular electron scattering at their surfaces.

 

Email: purswj@alum.rpi.edu

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Chunming Zhou

Ph.D. 2007

 

Chunming Zhou joined our group in Fall 2004. He developed novel self-assembled patterns by nanosphere lithography and used them to create nanorod arrays by glancing angle deposition. After his graduation, he joined Novellus Inc. as a process engineer.

 

Email: Chunming.Zhou@NOVELLUS.com

 

 

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Sree RangaSai Kesapragada

Ph.D. 2006

 

 

Sai joined our group in Spring 2003. He developed various nanostructures by glancing angle deposition including branched nanorods and nano pressure sensors. After his Ph.D., he joined Novellus Inc. as a process engineer and then moved on to become a Product Manager at Applied Materials Inc.

 

Email: skesapragada@gmail.com

 

 

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Sit Kerdsongpanya

Post-doc 2016-2017

 

Sit joined our group in Spring 2016. He used epitaxial thin film deposition to create various new materials.

 

Email: sitke04@gmail.com

 

 

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Alejandro Matos

M.S. 2022

 

Alejandro joined our group in Spring 2021. He worked on building a sputter deposition system with in situ transport measurement capabilities. After graduation, he joined IBM.

 

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Paul Jamison

M.S. 2016

 

Paul joined our group in Fall 2010 while simultaneously working at IBM. He studied the effect on the interfacial oxide in the gate stack of future integrated circuits. After graduation, he continues his work at IBM.

 

Email: pjamison@us.ibm.com

 

 

 

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Dan Guan

M.S. 2013

 

Dan joined our group in Fall 2011. He studied electron transport in tantalum nanostructures. After graduation, he joined SpaceX.

 

Email: DanGuan@gmail.com

 

 

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Paul Papi

M.S. 2012

PJ joined our group in Fall 2010. He studied nanoporous self-lubricating hard coatings. After graduation, he joined Boeing.

 

Email: papi.pj@gmail.com

 

 

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Trevor Keller

M.S. 2011

 

Trevor joined our group in Fall 2009. He worked on nanostructured materials for inorganic thin film solar cells. He continued his Ph.D. studies with Prof. Lewis.

 

Email: kellet@rpi.edu

 

 

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Kenneth Girardin

B.S. 2006; M.S. 2009

 

 

 

 

Ken joined our group in spring 2003. He developed various nanostructures including his famous nanocucumbers. Ken came back to our group in 2008 to finish his M.S. degree, working on 1-D nanostructure arrays.

 

Email: griark@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Joanna Frederick-Lynch

M.S. 2003

 

 

Joanna is the first graduate student of our group. She built an ultra-high vacuum deposition system and studied surface morphology and nanostaircases in single crystal CrN layers. After her degree, she did some work in our group on hybrid carbon nanotube structures, then left to work for Picatinny Arsenal and then for Benet Laboratories as a research engineer.

 

Email: jrladybug22@yahoo.com

 

 

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Nichenggong Zhu

B.S. 2021

 

Nichenggong (Tony) joined our group in spring 2019. He studied thin film properties with optical methods. After graduation, he joined the graduate program at the University of Cambridge.

 

 

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Jinqiao Li

B.S. 2021

 

Jinqiao joined our group in summer 2019. She worked on the development of neuromorphic memristor devices. After graduation, she joined the graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

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Hanchuan Yang

B.S. 2020

 

Hanchuan joined our group in fall 2018. He used x-ray diffraction to characterize thin films. After graduation, he joined the graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

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Jiaqi Lian

B.S. 2020

 

Jiaqi joined our group in fall 2019. He worked on carbides.

 

 

 

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Kathleen Quinlan

B.S. 2019

 

Kathleen joined our group in spring 2018. She has deposited nitride layers by reactive sputtering. After graduation, she took a position as research and development scientist at Diversified Technologies, Inc.

 

Email: quinlk@rpi.edu

 

 

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Destiny Lopez

B.S. 2018

 

Destiny joined our group in fall 2016. She used atomic force microscopy to study the surface roughness of metals used in the microelectronics industry. After graduation, she joined Micron.

 

Email: lopezd4@rpi.edu

 

 

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Juliana Mendes

B.S. 2018

 

Juliana joined our group in fall 2017. She studied electron transport in 2D materials. After graduation, she joined the graduate program at

 

Email: julianagmendes4@gmail.com

 

 

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Zachary Hileman

Undergraduate Student

 

Zach joined our group in spring 2016. He is working on electron scattering and high-impulse magnetron sputtering.

 

Email: hilemz@rpi.edu

 

 

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James Male

B.S. 2017

 

James joined our group in fall 2015. He was working on high-pressure x-ray diffraction. After graduation, he joined the graduate program and Northwestern.

 

Email: jamesmale2022@u.northwestern.edu

 

 

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Yumeng Yue

B.S. 2017

 

Yumeng joined our group in fall 2015. He used first-principles simulations to predict properties of nitrides.

 

Email: yuey3@rpi.edu

 

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Angelika Rothberg

B.S. 2017

 

Angelika joined our group in spring 2016. She was working on transmission electron microscopy of nitride coatings.

 

Email: rothba@rpi.edu

 

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Luke Blanco

B.S. 2016

 

Luke joined our group in fall 2014. He has developed a vacuum sample storage system and studied electron transport in nanowires.

 

Email: LBlanco@sunypoly.edu

 

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Jodi Han

B.S. 2015

 

Jodi joined our group in spring 2014. She was working on unexplored ultra-high temperature nitride ceramics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joe Bernstein

B.S. 2015

 

Joe joined our group in fall 2014. He has been working on vacuum deposition for microelectronic devices.

 

 

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Sarah Evans

B.S. 2013

 

Sarah joined our group in spring 2011. She worked on coatings for novel x-ray generation.

 

 

 

 

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Brendan Lenz

B.S. 2013

 

Brendan joined our group in spring 2013. He worked on first principles calculations to simulate electron transport.

 

 

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Chauncey Strode

B.S. 2013

 

Chauncey joined our group in spring 2012. He worked on sample preparation for transmission electron microscopy.

 

 

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Gabriel Gorelick

B.S. 2013

 

Gabriel joined our group in spring 2012. He worked on nanostructure growth and resistivity measurements.

 

 

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Calvin Ng

B.S. 2013

 

Calvin joined our group in fall 2012. He worked on nanoscale transport for integrated circuits.

 

 

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Matthew Miller

B.S. 2015

 

Matthew joined our group in fall 2012. He worked on x-ray diffraction of various coating materials.

 

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Donya Thomas

B.S. 2012

 

Donya joined our group in spring 2011. She worked on the next generation of the "Materials Machine".

 

 

 

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Jessica DiFazio

B.S. 2014

 

Jessica joined our group in spring 2012. She worked on electron transport measurements of single crystal layers.

 

 

 

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Marco Balducci

B.S. 2011

 

 

Marco joined our group in fall 2010. He worked on ZnMgO layers for solar cell applications.

 

 

 

 

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Adam Bross

B.S. 2011

 

 

Adam joined our group in fall 2008. He worked on a quantitative micrograph analysis of metallic nanorod arrays and also developed a thin film growth simulator.

 

Email: brossa@rpi.edu

 

 

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Eric Conway

B.S. 2011

 

Eric joined our group in fall 2008. He worked on Ag-diffusion in hard coatings, for applications in high-temperature lubrication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heather A. Bowman

B.S. 2009

 

 

Heather joined our group in fall 2007. She is the initial developer of a Thin Film Growth Simulator, using ping-pong balls as atoms, which will ultimately be used for K-5 educational outreach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quinn P. McAllister

B.S. 2008

 

 

Quinn joined our group in Spring 2007. He utilized ultra-high vacuum magnetron sputtering to deposit nanocomposite coatings and developed a new vacuum sample storage system. After his B.S., he joined the graduate program at the University of Delaware.

 

Email: mcallq@UDel.Edu

 

 

 

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Evan J. Laprade

B.S. 2008

 

 

Evan joined our group in Spring 2007. He has designed and built various power supply support structures for thin film deposition. After receiving his B.S. degree, he joined the Ph.D. program in Materials Science at Northwestern University.

 

Email: evanlaprade2012@u.northwestern.edu

 

 

 

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Siddharth P. Pathi

B.S. 2007

 

 

Siddharth joined our group in fall 2005. He used reactive magnetron co-suputtering to develop multi-layer lubricious coatings. After his degree, he joined the Ph.D. program at Cornell University.

 

Email: spp35@cornell.edu

 

 

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Nicholas Dolisky

B.S. 2006

 

 

Nick joined our group in fall 2004. He was utilizing in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy to study graphite surfaces and was designing and testing a rod-fed e-beam evaporator. After his degree, he joined the Franklin Pierce Law Center law-school.

 

Email: ndolinsky@piercelaw.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Riendeau

B.S. 2006

 

 

Joe joined our group in fall 2003. He developed a method for cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy sample preparation. He joined the graduate program in mechanical engineering at RPI.

 

Email: riendj@rpi.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quentin Hudspeth

Visiting Scientist

 

Quentin joined our group as a visiting scientist in 2015. His focus is on developing new approaches to mid-bandgap doping for infrared detectors. He is holding a research position at Benet Laboratories.

 

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Guirong Yang

Visiting Scientist

 

Guirong joined our group as a visiting scientist in 2013. She is working on novel Ni based protective coating materials.

 

Email: yanggrming@gmail.com

 

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Kan Zhang

Visiting Scientist

 

Kan joined our group in Fall 2013. He studied super hard and lubricious carbo-nitrides .

 

Email: zhangkan@jlu.edu.cn

 

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Zhihua Duan

Visiting Scientist

 

Zhihua joined our group in Fall 2013. She studied optical properties and sputter deposition.

 

Email: zhihuaduan1028@gmail.com

 

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Kai Jiang

Visiting Scientist, 2013

 

Kai joined our group in Fall 2012. He studied optical properties of novel nitride materials.

 

Email: 52111213010@ecnu.cn

 

 

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Min Zhang

Visiting Professor, 2017

 

Min Zhang joined our group as a visiting Professor in December 2016. Min is working on novel hard on optical coating materials.

 

Email: min.zhang@mail.dlut.edu.cn

 

 

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Sun Kyu Kim

Visiting Professor, 2008

 

 

Sun Kyu Kim has joined our group to work on novel concepts of hard coatings. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Utah in 1981 and held industrial positions at Exxon and Kia Motors Co. He currently holds a professor position at the University of Ulsan in Korea, working on superhard nanocomposites, aqueous corrosion resistant coatings, high temperature oxidation resistant thin films, and biomaterials.

 

Email: skim@ulsan.ac.kr

 

 

 

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Jitendra Singh

Visiting Professor, 2007

 

 

Prof. Singh has visited our group in the summer of 2007. He has developed various experimental skills in our laboratory, including measuring the heat transport between nanorod layers and air, and doing tunneling spectroscopy on single crystal CrN surfaces. JP is a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi.

 

Email: jpsingh@physics.iitd.ac.in

 

 

 

Qing Zhao

Graduate Student, 2008

 

 

Qing joined our group in Fall 2007. His research focused on the deposition of BTO-based nanostructured composite layers with extreme stiffness. He left the group to continue his graduate studies with Prof. L. Huang at RPI.

 

Email: zhaoq2@rpi.edu

 

 

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Xiao Zhao

Summer Student, 2007

 

 

Xiao has joined our group as a summer student in 2007. She has grown Ti nanorod arrays which will be used as electrodes in organic solar cells. She is a student at Smith College.

 

Email: xmzhao@email.smith.edu

 

 

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Lori Hutcherson

Summer student 2003

 

 

Lori did research in our group over the summer of 2003. She developed a novel patterning technique using anisotropic etching. After her B.S. from UMBC, she joined the Louisiana State University's MD/PhD program.

 

Email: hutch1@umbc.edu

 

 

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Andrea Printz

High School Student

 

Andrea joined our group in fall 2018. She was working on 2-dimensional nitride materials.

 

Email: qnie@emmawillard.org

 

 

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Qianyu Ann Nie

High School Student

 

Ann joined our group in fall 2017. She was working on electronic and optical properties of thin films.

 

Email: qnie@emmawillard.org

 

 

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Nghi Lam

High School Student

 

Nghi joined our group in fall 2016. She was working on thin film deposition.

 

Email: nlam@emmawillard.org

 

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Esra Yener

High School Student

 

Esra joined our group in fall 2015. She was working on thin film deposition and optical property measurements.

 

Email: eyener@emmawillard.org