Education, Employment

  • Assistant Professor James Madison University (2010 - present)
  • Assistant Professor Seton Hall University (2007 - 2010)
  • Post. Doc. Carnegie Mellon University (2005 - 2007)
  • Ph.D. Physics, Ohio Univeristy (2005)
  • M.S. Physics, Ohio University (2002)
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania (1999)

Grants, Awards

  • National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrumentation: "Acquisition of an X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer for Chemical Mapping of Evolving Surfaces: A Regional Instrument for Research and Teaching", collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Opila from Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, colaborator: $745,636, (2015-2016).
  • Commonwealth Research and Commercialization Fund, Virginia, Matching Fund Program: "Thermal transport across GaN interfaces: Linking structural imper- fections to thermal properties", collaboration with Dr. Patrick Hopkins from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, co-PI: $200,000, (2013-2014).
  • 4-Virginia Grant, Virginia: "Thermal Transport Across GaN Interfaces", collaboration with Dr. Patrick Hopkins from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, PI: $50,000, (2013-2014).
  • College of Science and Mathematics, James Madison University, Summer Research Grant: "Construction of Atomic Layer Deposition Reactor for Nanolayers Growth of High-k Dielectric Constant Rare Earth Insulating Oxides", PI: $4,000, (2011).
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy, James Madison University, Start-Up Fund, PI: $19,000 (2010).
  • Ohio University Research Travel Awards, PI: $1,750 (2009).
  • Teaching Learning and Technology Center, Seton Hall University, Teaching Stipend: "The Physics Judoka", PI: $4,500 (2008).
  • University Research Council, Seton Hall University, Summer Research Stipend: "Zinc Oxide and Manganese Scandium Nitride: Possible Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors", PI: $6,000 (2008).
  • Department of Physics, Seton Hall University, Start-Up Fund, PI: $60,000, (2007).

Student Grants, Awards

  • Renee Ahern, Physics Undergraduate Student, James Madison University
    Research Corporation Summer Research Internship: "Seebeck Coefficient of Nanolayer Growth of Anatase TiO2-x/Al-foil by Atomic Layer Deposition", PI: $4K 2012.
  • Matthew Chamberlin, Physics Undergraduate Student, James Madison University
    Research Corporation Summer Research Internship: "Zn and ZnO Nanowires Grown on PEDOT-PSS Thin Films Conductive Polymers", Co-PI: $4,000 (2011).
  • Philip Hess, Physics Undergraduate Student, Seton Hall University
    New Jersey Space Grant Consortium - a NASA Sponsored Fellowship: "Determination of Clustering Properties of Quasars by Two Point Correlation Function Analysis", Co-PI: $2,000 (2010).









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