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

Lopa Bhatt

B.S.: Physics & Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: lb628-at-cornell.edu 

Michael Colletta

B.A.: Physics & Astronomy, Vassar College

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: mrc297-at-cornell.edu 

Berit H. Goodge

B.A.: Carleton College 

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

Gillian L. Hagen

B.A.: Physics, Mount Holyoke College

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: glh78-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

Lanette Espinosa

REU Student Summer 2021
Biochemistry, California State University, Fullerton
E-mail: lce32-at-cornell.edu

 

Erin Fleck

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: eef44-at-cornell.edu

Sara Irvine

REU Student Summer 2021
Physics, University of Texas at Austin
E-mail: sji24-at-cornell.edu

 

Greg Powers

Undergraduate Researcher
College of Engineering, Cornell University
E-mail: gpp35-at-cornell.edu

Sunny Wong

Undergraduate Researcher
McNair Scholar
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: sw758-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

Dr. Ismail El Baggari

The Rowland Institute at Harvard (2020-present)
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2020
B.A., Yale University

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

William Xu

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

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

Arnav Agrawal

Undergraduate Researcher
College of Engineering, Cornell University
E-mail: aa687-at-cornell.edu