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UCSB Faculty & Staff

Ram Seshadri
Director

Ram Seshadri received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. After some years as a post-doctoral fellow in the CNRS in Caen, France, and in the University of Mainz, Germany, he joined the faculty of the Indian Institute...

Craig Hawker
Facilities Director

Craig J. Hawker, FRS is the Alan and Ruth Heeger Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies. He received a B.Sc. degree and University Medal in Chemistry from the University of Queensland in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from the University of...

Ania Bleszynski-Jayich
Associate Director

Ania Bleszynski Jayich received her Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard in 2006 and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematical and Computational Science from Stanford in 2000. Under the supervision of Prof. Bob Westervelt, her thesis focused on scanned probe...

James Allen

S. James Allen, received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from M.I.T. in 1965.  He was appointed Professor of  Physics and Director of the Quantum Institute at UCSB in 1991, and recently served as Chair of Physics, 2000-05. In 2009 he became...

Leon Balents

Leon Balents is Professor of Physics in the Physics Department and a Permanent Member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is active in theoretical condensed matter physics, where his...

Alison Butler

Dr. Butler received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 1982. She was a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA and Caltech before joining the faculty in 1986. She has received an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Award,...

Michael Chabinyc

Michael Chabinyc is an Associate Professor in the Materials Department.  He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Dayton in 1994 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1999.  He joined UCSB in 2008 after holding a...

Glenn Fredrickson

Glenn Fredrickson obtained his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1984 and subsequently joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he was named Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1989. In 1990 he moved to the University of California at Santa...

Deborah Kuchnir Fygenson received a B.Sc, degree (1989) in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989, and M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1995) degrees in Physics from Princeton University. She spent one year at Rockefeller University in...

Michael Gordon

Mike Gordon joined UCSB as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering in the fall of 2007. He received his BS/MS in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and was an Intel Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, where...

Song-I Han

Song-I Han received her Doctoral Degree in Natural Sciences (Dr.rer.nat) from Aachen University of Technology, Germany, in 2001. She was awarded with the first Raymond Andrew Prize of the Ampere Society for an outstanding PhD thesis in magnetic...

Matt Helgeson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCSB. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Before...

Jacob Israelachvili received his Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1972 and joined UCSB in 1986. He has developed experimental techniques for directly measuring the forces between surfaces in vapors and liquids,...

Carlos G. Levi holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1981).  He joined the UCSB faculty in 1984 and is currently Professor of Materials and Mechanical Engineering.  He is a participant in the...

Eric McFarland studied Nuclear Engineering and received B.S. and M.S. degrees from U.C. Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from MIT. He also studied medicine and received his M.D. from Harvard and completed post-graduate training in general surgery. McFarland...

  Professor Moskovits has degrees in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Toronto. He co-founded OHM Distributers and manufacturers Ltd., an electronics company in Toronto in 1966 which was sold in 1969. He returned to the University of...

Education Director

Dorothy Pak received an A. B. in Geology from Mount Holyoke College, an M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Following...

Chris Palmstrom

Professor Chris Palmstrom, one of the world's leading researchers of electronic materials, joined the ECE faculty at UCSB in the Fall of '07. Born in Norway, Palmstrom received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University...

Baron Peters

Baron Peters received his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.) from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 under the instruction of Arup Chakraborty and Alexis T. Bell. He pursued postdoctoral studies under Bernhardt L. Trout at the...

Tresa Pollock

Professor Pollock is a world-renowned expert in the science and technology of advanced structural alloys with applications in aerospace, energy and automotive industries.  She holds degrees from Purdue University (B.Sc. 1984) and MIT (Ph.D. 1989). ...

Javier Read de Alaniz

Dr. Read de Alaniz received his B.S. degree from Fort Lewis College in 1999 and his Doctoral Degree from Colorado State University in 2006. His doctoral training under the direction of Professor Tomislav Rovis focused on asymmetric catalysis using N...

Omar Saleh

Omar Saleh received a B.S. in Physics from M.I.T. in 1997 and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University in 2003. His post-doctoral research in the field of single-molecule biophysics took place at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. He...

I graduated from the Physics department at UC Santa Barbara in 2003. Afterwards, I joined the Applied Physics department at Stanford University where I got my Ph.D. working with Professor Mark Brongersma. There, my research interests comprised...

Rachel Segalman received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UCSB in 2002.  Her postdoctoral research in conjugated polymer synthesis and properties took place at the...

Joan Shea

Joan Shea received a B.Sc. in Chemistry at McGill University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following postdoctoral studies at the Scripps Research Institute, she joined the department of Chemistry and...

James Speck

Jim Speck obtained his Sc.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. In 1990 he joined the faculty at UC Santa Barbara. Speck's research focuses on the relationship between thin film electronic materials growth, microstructure, and the...

Susanne Stemmer

Susanne Stemmer did her doctoral work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart (Germany) and received her Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Stuttgart.  After working as a postdoctoral research associate at Case Western Reserve...

Galen Stucky received his Ph.D. in 1962 from Iowa State University. After postdoctoral study at MIT, he held positions at the University of Illinois, Sandia National Laboratory and DuPont Central Research and Development Department before joining...

Megan Valentine

Megan Valentine joined the UCSB faculty in 2008 as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 2003.  Before coming to UCSB, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology at...

Chris Van de Walle

Before joining the UCSB Materials Department in 2004, Chris G. Van de Walle was a Principal Scientist in the Electronic Materials Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).  He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from...

Herb Waite

Herbert Waite is a professor in both the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry,  and Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCSB. He was awarded an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University before doing post-...

Stephen Wilson joined the Materials Department as an Assistant Professor in 2014. He works in the field of experimental condensed matter physics studying electronic phenomena and phase behaviors in correlated electron systems and other quantum...