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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Graduate Students

David Baek

M.S.: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
B.S.: University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: djb398-at-cornell.edu 

Colin Bundschu

B.S.: Harvey Mudd College 

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: crb273-at-cornell.edu 

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 

Jade Noble

B.A.: Columbia University 

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: jmn243-at-cornell.edu 

Benjamin Savitzky

B.S.: Brown University

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: bhs94-at-cornell.edu

Michelle Smeaton

B.S.: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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

Katherine Spoth 

B.S.: SUNY Buffalo

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: kas466-at-cornell.edu 

Michael Zachman

B.S.: Purdue University

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: mjz58-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 

Kevin Kowalski

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

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

Arthur McCray

REU Student Summer 2016, 2017 
Physics, Carleton College

Jacob Waelder

REU Student Summer 2017 
Physics, University of Washington

Emily Waite

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

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

Former Members

Jeffrey Commons

REU Student Summer 2013
Physics/Applied Physics, Brown University

 

Xue Bai 

M.S.: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
B.S.: Peking University

Office: B90 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: xb45-at-cornell.edu 

Jerry Contreras

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

 

Mallika Bariya

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: msb348-at-cornell.edu

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

B.S.: Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: pl468-at-cornell.edu 

Suk Hyun Sung

Undergraduate Researcher
Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Office: B94 Physical Sciences Building
E-mail: ss2785-at-cornell.edu

Joseph Szabo

REU Student Summer 2015
Physics, Case Western Reserve University

 

Tayler Hebner

REU Student Summer 2016 
Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth

Honorable Mention: 2017 Goldwater Scholarship