Group Members

 

Current Group Members

Prof. Robert W. Carpick (carpick@seas.upenn.edu), John Henry Towne Professor, and Department Chair (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2007-present.

  1. Dr. Nitya Nand Gosvami, (ngosvami@seas.upenn.edu) Research Project Manager (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2012-present.
  2. Dr. Harman Khare (hkhare@seas.upenn.edu), Postdoctoral Associate (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2014-present.
  3. Dr. Rodrigo Bernal (rodrigob@seas.upenn.edu), Postdoctoral Associate (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2014-present.
  4. Dr. Imène Lahouij (ilahouij@seas.upenn.edu), Postdoctoral Associate (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2014-present.
  5. Mr. Daniel Magagnosc (dmagag@seas.upenn.edu) Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering), 2011-present (co-advised with D. Gianola).
  6. Mr. Frank Streller (streller@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering), 2011-present.
  7. Mr. James Hilbert (hilbertj@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2011-present.
  8. Mr. Kaiwen Tian (kaiwentn@gmail.com), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Physics), 2012-present.
  9. Mr. Joel Lefever (lefever@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering), 2012-present.
  10. Mr. J. Brandon McClimon (mcclimon@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering), 2013-present.
  11. Mr. Zachary Milne (zmilne@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2013-present.
  12. Ms. Kathryn Hasz (khasz@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering), 2014-present.
  13. Mr. Han Ye (yehan@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2015-present.
  14. Mr. Charles Stovall (chast@seas.upenn.edu) Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering), 2015-present.
  15. Prof. David L. Burris (dlburris@udel.edu). Visiting Associate Professor (Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, U. Delaware), 2016.

Group Alumni

Ph.D. Graduates

  1. Dr. Matthew J. Brukman, Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2000-2005. (now a Central Facilities Manager, U. Pennsylvania, Singh Center for Nanotechnology). Thesis: Atomic Force Microscopy and the Investigation of Atomic Scale Friction.
  2. Dr. Erin E. Flater, Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2001-2006. (now an Associate Professor, Physics Dept., Luther College, Iowa). Thesis: Toward Prediction of MEMS Performance: A Multiscale Approach to Understanding Friction.
  3. Dr. Rachel J. Cannara, Ph.D., Physics, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2001-2006 (now a Lead Scientist, Invention Science Funds, Intellectual Ventures). Thesis: The Atomic-Scale Origins of Friction: A Nanotribological Study of Diamond Surfaces.
  4. Dr. Hsao Wei Yap, Ph.D., Physics, U. Pennsylvania, 2004-2007. (Commodities Risk Analyst, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore). Thesis: Mechanical Instabilities of Carbon Nanotubes.
  5. Dr. David S. Grierson,  Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2002-2008. (now President, CTO, and co-founder, systeMECH, LLC). Thesis: Nanotribological Properties of Nanostructured Hard Carbon Thin Films.
  6. Dr. Patrick J. Heaney, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2005-2009. Co-advised with Prof. F. Pfefferkorn. (now founder and CEO of NCD Technologies, LLC, Wisconsin, Madison). Thesis: Improving Nanocrystalline Diamond Coatings for Micro End Mills
  7. Dr. Vivekenanda P. Adiga, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, U. Pennsylvania,  2007-2010. (now a Postdoctoral Associate, University of California at Berkeley, Dept. Physics, Prof. A. Zettl, advisor). Thesis: Mechanical Stiffness and Dissipation in Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Films.
  8. Dr. Andrew R. Konicek, Ph.D., Physics & Astronomy, U. Pennsylvania,  2008-2010. (now a Senior Researcher, ExxonMobil. Thesis: Tribochemical Studies of Hard Carbon Films as a Function of Load and Environment.
  9. Dr. Jingjing Liu, Ph.D., Materials Science Program, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2007-2011 (now a Process Engineer, Applied Materials). Thesis: Characterizing and Understanding Nanoscale Wear of Carbon-Based Atomic Force Microscope Tips. Co-advised with K.T. Turner, U. Wisconsin-Madison.
  10. Dr. Christopher Torres, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2006-2011 (now a Process Engineer, Intel). Thesis: Optimization and Analysis of Nanocrystalline Diamond Coated Micro End Mills. Co-advised with F. Pfefferkorn, U. Wisconsin-Madison.
  11. Mr. Baolei Zhang, Visiting Student, 2009-2011.
  12. Dr. Vahid Vahdat, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, U. Pennsylvania, 2008-2013 (now a Scientist and Principal Investigator, Atharva). Thesis: Mechanics of Interactions and Atomic-Scale Wear of Tips in Amplitude Modulation Atomic Force Microscopy Probes.
  13. Dr. Graham E. Wabiszewski, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, U. Pennsylvania, 2007-2013 (now a Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania). Thesis: Interrogation of Single Asperity Electrical Contacts using Atomic Force Microscopy with Application to NEMS Logic Switches.
  14. Dr. Tevis D.B. Jacobs, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, U. Pennsylvania, 2008-2013 (now an Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh). Thesis: Imaging and Understanding Atomic-Scale Adhesion and Wear: Quantitative Investigations Using In Situ TEM.
  15. Dr. Xin-Zhou Liu, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, U. Pennsylvania, 2009-2015 (Module and Integration Device Yield Engineer, Intel). Thesis: Mechanisms Controlling Friction and Adhesion at the Atomic Length-Scale.

Master’s Degree Graduates

  1. Mr. Christopher Torres, M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006-2008 (now a Process Engineer, Intel). Thesis: Analysis of the Cutting Force Improvement Produced by Nanocrystalline Diamond Coatings.
  2. Mr. Sean D. O’Connor, M.Sc., Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005-2008 (now a Research Chemist, Sherwin Williams, Cleveland, OH).
  3. Mr. Ryan R. O’Keefe, M.Sc., U. Wisconsin-Madison, Materials Science, 2000-2002 (now a Manufacture and Design Engineer at Ace Precision, Oconomowoc, WI). Thesis: The Synthesis and Design of Al2O3-ZnAl2O4 Nanocomposites.
  4. Ms. Shuang Zhao, M.Sc., U. Wisconsin-Madison, Materials Science, 2000-2002 (now a Researcher at Gentel BioSurfaces, Madison,  WI). Thesis: Nano- to Micro-Scale Topographic Control of Polymer Surfaces via Wrinkling.
  5. Mr. Patrick Griffin, M.Sc., U. Wisconsin-Madison, Materials Science, 2002-2004 (now a Process Engineer, Heraeus Inc., Chandler,  AZ). Thesis: Confinement Effects in Pore Growth for Nanoscale Anodized Alumina on Silicon.
  6. Mr. Guoqing Ning, M.Sc., U. Wisconsin-Madison, Mechanical Engineering, 2004-2006 (now a Process Engineer at Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA).
  7. Mr. Sina Ghassemi, M.Sc., U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, 2010 (Senior Associate, Credit Risk Advisory at KPMG).

Postdoctoral Advisees

  1. Dr. Michael Eglin, Postdoctoral Associate, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2003-2005 (now a Research Scientist at Blaser Swisslube, Hasle-Rüegsau,  Switzerland).
  2. Dr. In-Ha Sung, Postdoctoral Associate, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2004-2006 (now an Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Hannam   University, Korea).
  3. Dr. Nicklaus A. Smith, Postdoctoral Associate, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2005-2006 (now a Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory).
  4. Dr. Papot Jaroenapibal, Postdoctoral Associate, U. Pennsylvania, 2007-2008 (now an Assistant Professor, Khon Kaen University, Thailand).
  5. Dr. Matthew A. Hamilton, Postdoctoral Associate, U. Pennsylvania, 2007-2008 (now a Product Development Engineer at Exactech, Gainesville, Florida).
  6. Dr. Christian Greiner, Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2010 (now a Research Scientist, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).
  7. Dr. Qunyang Li, University of Pennsylvania, 2008-2012 (now an Assistant Professor, Dept. of Engineering Mechanics, School of Aerospace, Tsinghua University, China).
  8. Dr. Jason Bares, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2012 (now a Staff Engineer, Borg Warner, MI).
  9. Dr. Philip Egberts, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2013 (now an Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada).
  10. Dr. Filippo Mangolini, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2014 (now a University Academic Fellow, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK).
  11. Dr. Tevis D.B. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-2014 (now an Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh).
  12. Dr. Prathima C. Nalam, Postdoctoral Associate, 2012-2015 (now a Postdoctoral Appointee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Visitors – Past

  1. Wen Yue (Visiting Associate Professor, 2013-2014). Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Surface Engineering Institute, School of Engineering and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China.
  2. Judith Harrison, (Visiting Professor, 2014-2015). Professor, Chemistry Dept., U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. Co-hosted with Prof. Kevin Turner.

Staff Members

  1. Dr. Hongquan Jiang, Project Assistant, U. Wisconsin-Madison, Materials Science and Engineering, 2005 (now a Research Associate, Department of   Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Arlington).
  2. Dr. Shuang Li, Project Assistant, U. Wisconsin-Madison, Engineering Physics, 2006 (now a Process Development Engineer, nLight, Vancouver,  WA).
  3. Dr. Anirudha V. Sumant, Assistant Scientist, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2003-2006; Postdoctoral Associate, 2002-2003 (now a Materials Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory).

Over 50 undergraduate research students previously advised.