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. Harman Khare (hkhare@seas.upenn.edu), Research Project Manager (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2014-present.
  2. Dr. Timothy Murdoch (tmurdoch@seas.upenn.edu), Post Doctoral Researcher (U. Pennyslvania, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) 2018-present.
  3. Mr. James Hilbert (hilbertj@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2011-present.
  4. Mr. Joel Lefever (lefever@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering), 2012-present.
  5. Mr. J. Brandon McClimon (mcclimon@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering), 2013-present.
  6. Mr. Zachary Milne (zmilne@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2013-present.
  7. Ms. Kathryn Hasz (khasz@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering), 2014-present.
  8. Mr. Han Ye (yehan@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2015-present.
  9. Mr. Charles Stovall (chast@seas.upenn.edu) Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering), 2015-present.
  10. Ms. Lu Fang (lufanglu@seas.upenn.edu), Ph.D. candidate (U. Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics), 2017-present.Carpick Group GRC 2016

Carpick group members and alumni at the 2016 Tribology Gordon Research Conference.
Back row, from left to right: Zac Milne, Han Ye, Dr. Xin Liu, Kaiwen Tian, James Hilbert, Chris Thom, Kathryn Hasz,
Joel Lefever, Dr. Harman Khare
Front row, from left to right: Prof. Wen Yue, Prof. Philip Egberts, Prof. Erin Flater, Prof. Robert Carpick,
Prof. Tevis Jacobs, Prof. Filippo Mangolini, Prof. Andrew Jackson, Prof. Qunyang Li

 

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. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Dr. Xin-Zhou Liu, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, U. Pennsylvania, 2009-2015 (now a Product Engineer, Lam Research). Thesis: Mechanisms Controlling Friction and Adhesion at the Atomic Length-Scale.
  15. Dr. Daniel Magagnosc, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, U. Pennsylvania, 2011-2016 (now a NRC Postdoctoral Appointee at the Army Research Lab, Aberdeen, MD). Thesis: Elucidating the Mechanical Response of Metallic Glasses Prepared in Different Structural States at Sub-micron Length Scales. Co-advised with D. Gianola, U. Pennsylvania.
  16. Dr. Frank Streller, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, U. Pennsylvania, 2011-2016. Thesis: Development and Characterization of Next-Generation Contact Materials for Nanoelectromechanical Switches.
  17. Dr. Kaiwen (Kevin) Tian, Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, U. Pennsylvania, 2012-2017 (now a Postdoctoral Associate at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University). Thesis: Rate and state friction laws for interfacial chemical bond-induced friction at the nanoscale.

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, University of Pennsylvania, Postdoctoral Associate, 2012-2015 (now a Postdoctoral Appointee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
  13. Dr. Imène Lahouij, University of Pennsylvania, Postdoctoral Associate 2014-2016 (now a Research Assistant Professor, Ecole des mines de Paris, France).
  14. Dr. Rodrigo Bernal, University of Pennsylvania, Postdoctoral Associate, 2014-2016 (now an Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Dallas).

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.
  3. Mr. Baolei Zhang, Visiting Student, 2009-2011.
  4. Prof. David L. Burris (dlburris@udel.edu). Visiting Associate Professor (Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, U. Delaware), 2016.
  5. Prof. Brandon Krick (bakrick@lehigh.edu). Visiting Assistant Professor (Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh U.), 2016

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).
  4. Dr. Nitya Nand Gosvami, Research Project Manager, U. Pennsylvania, 2012-2016 (now an Assistant Professor, IIT Delhi, India).

Over 50 undergraduate research students previously advised.