Present Group Members


Biplav Acharya
Biplav Acharya

Ph.D. in progress

bachary@ncsu.edu
Keshav Avva
Keshav Avva

Undergraduate Researcher

ksavva@ncsu.edu

Resume (PDF)
Colin Curtis Colin Curtis

Ph.D. in progress

ckcurtis@ncsu.edu
Samuel Kenny Samuel Kenny

Ph.D. in progress

sgkenny@ncsu.edu
Tyler Pardue
Tyler Pardue

Undergraduate Researcher

tnpardue@ncsu.edu

Resume (PDF)
Binita Thapa

Binita Thapa

High School Intern

bthapa025@gmail.com
 
 
Group Alumni
Mohammed Abdelmaksoud
Mohammed Abdelmaksoud

Postdoctoral Researcher (2002 - 2003)

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2001)
"Nanotribology of a Vapor Phase Lubricant: A Quartz Crystal Microbalance Study of Tricresylphosphate (TCP) Uptake on Iron and Chrome"

First job after graduation: Instructor of physics, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Present Position: Professor of physics, Northern Egyptian location

C.V.

mnda68@yahoo.com

Igor Altfeder
Igor Altfeder

Postdoctoral Researcher (2008 - 2010)

Present Position: Staff Scientist, Wright Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory

Igor.Altfeder.ctr@wpafb.af.mil

Ramatoulie Bah
Ramatoulie Bah

Undergraduate Researcher (2002)

First Position After Graduation: M.S. in progress, Norfolk State University (2005)

toulie_99@yahoo.com

Colin Baker
Colin Baker

Postdoctoral Researcher (2005 - 2009)

Present Position: Staff Scientist at Naval Research Laboratory

colin.baker@nrl.navy.mil

Jonathan Bender
Jonathan W. Bender

Postdoctoral Researcher (2001 - 2002)

First job after post-doctoral fellowship: Asst. Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina

Present Position: Staff Scientist, Afton Corporation, Richmond, VA

C.V.

benderjw@engr.sc.edu

Diana Berman
Diana Berman

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2012)
"Physics of Electrical Current Flow through an Asperity in the Presence and Absence of an Adsorbed Layer"

Present Position: Assistant Professor, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

dyanchu@ncsu.edu

Ephraim Bililign
Ephraim Bililign

Undergraduate Researcher

bililignes@gmail.com

Brian Borovsky
Brian Borovsky

Postdoctoral Researcher (1998 - 2001)

First job after post-doctoral fellowship: Asst. Professor, Physics, Grinnell College

Present Position: Asst. Professor, Physics, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Troy Bradshaw
Troy Bradshaw

Undergraduate Researcher

Present Position: Physics Coder at WebAssign

Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

Undergraduate Researcher

Present Position: Graduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University, Phoenix

adbrown@ncsu.edu

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2008)

"Physics of RF MEMS Switch Contacts"

First program after graduation: Harvard Business School, MBA Program, Cambridge, MA

Present Position: Senior Associate, Sail Venture Partners, Irvine, CA

Webpage: http://www.sailvc.com/team/christopher-j-brown-phd

dr.chrisjbrown@gmail.com

Joe Browning Joe L. Browning

Undergraduate Researcher
Ronald Chiarello
Ronald P. Chiarello

Ph.D., Northeastern University (1990)

"Roughness Characterization of Gold and Silver Surfaces and the Wetting behavior of Physisorbed Films Studied by a Combined Quartz Crystal Microbalance and X-Ray Reflectivity Technique"

First job after graduation: Argonne National labs, then Stanford University

Present Position: President, C.E.O, founding member and Member of the Board of Directors, Jetalon Solutions, Inc., Pleasant Hill, CA

Webpage: www.jetalon.com/rchiarello.html

ronc@jetalon.com

Mak Chihong
Mak Chihong

Ph.D., Northeastern University (1996)

"Quartz Crystal Microbalance Studies of the Dependance of Atomic Scale Friction on Velocity, Chemical properties and Interfacial Topology"

First job after graduation: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of New Hampshire

Present Position: Staff Scientist, Linear Manufacturing, LTD., Hong Kong

makchong@yahoo.com

Richard Chromik
Richard Chromik

Post Doctoral Researcher (2005 - 2007)

Present Position: Asst. Professor, McGill University

C.V.

richard.chromik@mcgill.ca

Tonya Coffey
Tonya Coffey

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2004)

"Nanotribology Fundamentals: Predicting the Viscous Coefficient of Friction"

First job after graduation and Present Position: Asst. Professor of Physics, Appalachian State University

C.V.

Webpage: http://www1.appstate.edu/dept/physics/coffey/index.html

coffeyts@appstate.edu

Steven Corley
Steven Corley

Undergraduate Researcher(2012 - 2015)

sdcorley@ncsu.edu

Christopher Daly
Christopher Daly

Ph.D., Northeastern University (1996)

"Phonon Energy Dissipation in the Nanotribology of Rare Gas Films"

NRC Research Associate, Naval Research Laboratory

First job after graduation: National Research Council Fellow, United States Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC

Present Position: Senior Solutions Engineer, Share Point, Hewlett Packard, Boston, MA

Ben Dawson
Ben Dawson

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2010)

"Tribo-induced temperature rise and melting at a single asperity sliding contact"

First job after graduation: Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Shock Physics, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Present Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of South Florida Physics Department, Orlando, FL

C.V.

ben.dawson@wsu.edu

Angela Dayo
Angela J. Dayo

Ph.D., Northeastern University (1998)

"Quartz Crystal Microbalance Measurements of Electronic Contributions to Sliding Friction"

First job after graduation: Freelance computer programmer

Present Position: Freelance writer

joydayo@yahoo.com

Zachary Fredricks
Zachary Fredricks

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2006)
"Quartz Crystal Microbalance Studies of Magnetic Mechanisms of Atomic-scale Friction."

First job after graduation: Freelance computer programmer

Present Position: CEO of Craftworld Designs, LLC

zfredri@ncsu.edu

CraftworldDesigns.com

Laura Goodman
Laura Goodman

Undergraduate Researcher

lhgoodma@ncsu.edu

Matthew Highland
Matthew Highland

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2006)

"Superconductivity Dependent Friction"

First job after graduation: Postdoctoral Researcher, University Urbana-Champaign, IL, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Present Position: Staff Scientist, Argonne National Laboratories

C.V.

Adam Hook
Adam Hook

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2011)
"The Physics of Vapor Phase Lubricaton of MEMS"

Present Position: Instructor and Postdoctoral Researcher, North Carolina State Unversity Physics Department

C.V.

dahook@unity.ncsu.edu

Allyson Hutchinson
Allyson Hutchinson

Undergraduate Researcher (2002, 2004)

Present Position: Undergraduate Student, North Carolina State University

Cherno Jaye
Cherno Jaye

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2006)

"Quartz Crystal Microbalance Studies of Atomic Scale Friction of Krypton on Graphene"

First job after graduation: NIST Postdoctoral Researcher, Brookhaven National Laboratories, Brookhaven, NY

Present Position: NIST Associate Ceramics Synchrotron Methods Group

C.V.

Webpage: http://www.nist.gov/mml/ceramics/synchrotron_methods/cherno-jaye.cfm

cjaye@bnl.gov

Hari Kancharlapalli
Hari Kancharlapalli

Webmaster (2012)

Present Position: Software Engineer at Riverbed Technology

hpkancha@ncsu.edu

Ben Keller
Ben Keller

Undergraduate Researcher(2011-2014)

bwkeller@ncsu.edu

Afsaneh Ketabi
Afsaneh Ketabi

M.S., North Carolina State University (2009)


aketabi@unity.ncsu.edu

Kurt Ketola
Kurt Ketola

Postdoctoral Researcher (1998)

Present Position: Principal Multi-Disciplinary Engineer, Raytheon Electronics

Andrew Larson
Andrew Larson
Undergrad Researcher (2008 - 2009)

First job after graduation: Tube Lab Technician, Troxler Electronic Laboratories

Present Position: Laboratory Supervisor, Troxler Electronic Laboratories

andrew_larson@hotmail.com

Anne Lazarides
Anne Lazarides

Adjunct Professor

anne.lazarides@gmail.com

Sang Min Lee
Sang Min Lee

Post Doctoral Researcher (2004 - 2005)

Present Position: Applied Materials, Inc, San Jose, CA

C.V.

Dustin Leininger
Dustin Leininger

Undergraduate Researcher

Present Position: Undergraduate Student, North Carolina State University

daleinin@ncsu.edu

Zijian Liu
Zijian Liu

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2016)
" Atomic scale friction and lubrication of carbon based materials in aqueous environments"

zliu13@ncsu.edu

Iyam Lynch
Iyam Lynch

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2011)
"Friction and Sliding of Polystyrene Micro Particles in the Presence and Absence of Capillary Adhesion"

Present Position: Principal physicist, Corinthian Opthalmic, Boone, NC

iilynch@ncsu.edu

Brian Mason
Brian Mason

Postdoctoral Researcher (1998 - 2000)

Present Position: Design Engineer, Stanford Research Systems

bmason@thinksrs.com

Alex Mayer
Alex Mayer

Undergraduate Researcher (1999 - 2001)

Present Position: Graduate Student, Applied Physics, Cornell University

acm35@cornell.edu

Brian McCann
Brian MaCann

Undergraduate Researcher (2013 - 2015)

bjmccann@ncsu.edu

Klaus Mecke
Klaus Mecke

Postdoctoral Researcher (1994 - 1995)

Present Position: University of Wuppertal, Germany

Brendan Miller
Brendan Miller

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2009)

"Diffusion of Physisorbed Layers and their Connection to MEMS Effectiveness"

First job after graduation: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Present Position: Technical Staff Tribologist, Chevron Corporation, San Fransisco, CA

bpmiller@unity.ncsu.edu

Megan Miller
Megan Miller

Undergraduate Researcher (2000 - 2001)

Present Position: Graduate Student, Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

mamille5@unity.ncsu.edu

Worakarn Neeyakorn
Worakarn Neeyakorn

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2006)

"Interfacial Slippage and Friction Studies on Material of Interest to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)"

First job after graduation: Faculty member, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok, Thailand

Present Position: Lecturer and head of the physics department at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok, Thailand

C.V.

George Palasantzas
George Palasantzas

Ph.D., Northeastern University (1994)

"X-Ray reflectivity and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study of Kinetic Roughening of Silver Films"

First job after graduation: Postdoctoral research scientist, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Present Position: Associate Professor at Univ. Of Groningen Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, Groningen, The Netherlands

Webpage: http://www.rug.nl/staff/g.palasantzas/index

Liming Pan
Liming Pan
Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2011)

"Tribo-induced Melting/Softening Transitions at Sliding Tungsten/Gold-Nickel Asperity Contacts"

First job after graduation: Financial Data analyst, PNC Bank, Raleigh, NC

Present Position: Second Vice President, Credit Policy, Northern Trust Company

lpan@ncsu.edu

Vania Panella
Vania Panella

Ph.D., Northeastern University (1992)

"Adsorption Isotherms as Characterization of Self-affine
Omar Parker
Omar Parker

Undergraduate Researcher (2004 - 2005)

Present Position: Ph.D. in Progress, Medical Physics, East Carolina University

Jennifer Patton
Jennifer Patton

Undergraduate Researcher (2005)

Jonathan Pike
Jonathan Pike

Research Technician and Webmaster

japike@ncsu.edu

Daryl Purcell
Daryl Purcell

Undergraduate Researcher (2001)

Present Position: Graduate Student, Optical Science and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

C.V.

darylpurcell@hotmail.com

Michael Rose
Michael Rose

Undergraduate Researcher (1996 - 1998)

Present Position: Assistant Staff Member, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Advanced Imaging Group

Rebecca Rosenfeld
Rebecca Rosenfeld

Undergraduate Researcher

Chris Shumake
Chris Shumake

Undergraduate Researcher (2004)

Present Position: Undergraduate Student, North Carolina State University

David Solina
David Solina

M.S Northeastern University (1991)


Present Position: RAID Performance Manager, CTG Adaptec Inc.

Keeley Stevens
Keeley Stevens

keeley_stevens@ncsu.edu

Nimel Theodore
Nimel Theodore

Postdoctoral Researcher

ntheodo@unity.ncsu.edu

Silvina Tomassone
Silvina Tomassone

Ph.D., Northeastern University (1998)


Present Position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University

Website: http://sol.rutgers.edu/staff/silvina.html

silvina@sol.rutgers.edu

Manju Varma
Manju R. Varma

M.S., North Carolina State University (2003)

"Vapor Phase Lubrication of MicroElectro Mechanical Systems"

First job after graduation and Present Position: Circuit Design Engineer, QTC Processor Solutions, Qualcomm

C.V.

mvarma@qualcomm.com

Brian Vlastakis
Brian Vlastakis

Undergraduate Researcher

Present Position: Physics Ph.D. Candidate at Yale University

bmvlasta@ncsu.edu

Lucas Wagner
Lucas Wagner

Undergraduate Researcher (1999 - 2001)

Present Position: Graduate Student, Computational Physics, North Carolina State University

C.V.

Matt Walker
Matt Walker

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2009)

"Impact of Stringently Controlled Vacuum Environments and in situ Plasma Cleaning on Contact Resistance of Au and Ru Based Radio Frequency Microelectromechanical Switches"

First job after graduation and Present Postion: Staff scientist in nanoscale technologies, Northrop Grumman, Baltimore, MD

mjwalke2@unity.ncsu.edu

Eric Watts
Eric Watts

Ph.D., Northeastern University (1989)

"Interfacial viscosity at the Boundary of Nitrogen and Krypton with Gold and Silver Surfaces"

First job after graduation: Staff scientist, Rockwell International, Space Shuttle program

Present Position: Chief Engineer, GPS IIF Satellites, Boeing Corporation, El Segundo, CA

eric.t.watts@boeing.com

Noah Weissman
Noah Weissman

Undergraduate Researcher

Present Position: Undergraduate Student, North Carolina State University

nlweissm@ncsu.edu

Steve Winder
Steve Winder

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2003)
"Quartz Crystal Microbalance Measrements of Sliding Friction of Inert Gas Films on Lead, Copper, Nickel, and Graphene Surfaces"

First job after graduation: Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina

C.V.

Website: http://stevewinder.name

smwinder@yahoo.com

Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright

Undergraduate Researcher (2016 - 2017)

Present Position: Undergraduate Student, North Carolina State University

alwrigh4@ncsu.edu

 

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