About Us

Principal Investigator

Lena F. Kourkoutis

Assistant 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

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Postdoctoral Fellows

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 

Laila Hayani

B.A.: Northwestern University

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: lh637-at-cornell.edu 

Taylor Moon

B.A.: University of Colorado at Boulder

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: tbm46-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.S.

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

Undergraduate Students

Saaj Chattopadhyay

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: sc2244-at-cornell.edu 

Matthew Danbury

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: mjd358-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

REU Student Summer 2016 
Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth

Honorable Mention: 2017 Goldwater Scholarship

Arthur McCray

REU Student Summer 2016, 2017 
B.S., Carleton College, 2018

Jacob Waelder

REU Student Summer 2017 
Physics, University of Washington

Colin Bundschu

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

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 

Qijia Chen

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

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

 

Oscar Jaramillo

REU Student Summer 2018
Engineering Physics, New Mexico State University

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: oj43-at-cornell.edu