About Us

Principal Investigator

Lena F. Kourkoutis

Associate Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics
James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow

Office: 235 Clark Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-9121
E-mail: lena.f.kourkoutis-at-cornell.edu

Bio Sketch

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Elisabeth F. Bianco

B.S.: The Ohio State University
Ph.D.: Rice University

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: eb589-at-cornell.edu 

Graduate Students

Ismail El Baggari

B.A.: Yale University

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: ie52-at-cornell.edu 

Berit H. Goodge

B.A.: Carleton College 

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: bhg37-at-cornell.edu 

Danielle Markovich

B.S.: Engineering Physics, UIUC

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: dm844-at-cornell.edu 

Taylor Moon

B.A.: University of Colorado at Boulder

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: tbm46-at-cornell.edu 

Noah Schnitzer

B.S.: MSE, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: nis29-at-cornell.edu 

Michelle Smeaton

B.S.: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: mas856-at-cornell.edu 

Yue Yu

B.A.: Physics, Grinnell College

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: yy758-at-cornell.edu 

Undergraduate Students

Ray Chang

Undergraduate Researcher
Physics, Cornell University

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: rc575-at-cornell.edu

William Xu

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: wx46-at-cornell.edu

Former Members

Jeffrey Commons

REU Student Summer 2013
Physics/Applied Physics, Brown University

 

Xue Bai 

Google Inc. (2015-present)
M.S., Cornell University, 2015
M.S., The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2011
B.S., Peking University, 2009

Dr. David Baek

Intel Corp. (2018-present)
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2018
M.S., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 2012
B.S., University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Dr. Benjamin H. Savitzky

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2018-present)
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2018
B.S.: Brown University

Dr. Katherine A. Spoth 

Cornell Center for Materials Research (2018-present)
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2018
B.S.: SUNY Buffalo

Dr. Michael J. Zachman

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2018-present)
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2018
B.S.: Purdue University

Jerry Contreras

REU Student Summer 2014
Physics, The University of Texas-Pan American

 

Mallika Bariya

Ph.D. student, UC Berkeley (2016-present)
B.S., Cornell University, 2016

Prof. Robert Hovden

Assistant Professor, U. Michigan, MSE (2017-present)
Ph.D., Cornell University 2014
Postdoctoral Researcher, Cornell University (2014-2016)
BS Georgia Institute of Technology

Pengzi Liu

Ph.D. student, Yale (2016-present)
M.S., Cornell University, 2015
B.S.: Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, 2013

Suk Hyun Sung

Ph.D. student, University of Michigan (2017-present)
B.S., Cornell University, 2016

Joseph Szabo

REU Student Summer 2015
Physics, Case Western Reserve University

 

Dr. Jade M. Noble

ORISE Fellow, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2018-present)
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2018
B.A.: Columbia University

Tayler Hebner

Ph.D. student, University of Colorado Boulder (2019-present)
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2019
REU Student Summer, Cornell University, 2016

Honorable Mention: 2017, 2018 Goldwater Scholarship

Arthur McCray

Ph.D. student, Northwestern University (2018-present)
B.S., Carleton College, 2018
REU Student Summer, Cornell University, 2016, 2017

Saaj Chattopadhyay

Ph.D student, Applied Physics, U. Michigan (2019-present)
B.S., Cornell University, 2019

Jacob Waelder

Ph.D. student, Applied Physics, U. Michigan
B.A., Physics, University of Washington
REU Student Summer, Cornell University, 2017 
 

Colin Bundschu

Ph.D. student, Cornell University (2018-present)
M.S., Cornell University, 2018
B.S., Harvey Mudd College

Matthew Danbury

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: mjd358-at-cornell.edu 

Kevin Kowalski

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: kjk226-at-cornell.edu 

Emily Waite

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: enw24-at-cornell.edu 

Laila Hayani

University of Michigan (2019-present)
M.S., Applied Physics, Cornell University, 2019
B.A., Biological Sciences, Northwestern University, 2016

Qijia Chen

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: qc64-at-cornell.edu

 

Oscar Jaramillo

Ph.D. student, Applied Physics, Cornell University (2019-present)
B.S., Engineering Physics, New Mexico State University, 2019
REU Student Summer, Cornell University, 2018