Academic Leadership

Bruce van Dover

Professor R. Bruce van Dover
MSE Department Chair

Research Interests: UHF properties of magnetic thin films * Synthesis and characterization of novel optical materials (nonlinear materials, thin film gain media, etc.) * Characterization of nanometer-scale materials: superconductors, dielectrics, and magnetic materials * Electronic phase diagrams determined by induced surface charges rather than chemical doping * Composition-spread approach to parallelized synthesis/characterization of materials, including novel catalysts for direct-methanol fuel cell anodes.

Selected Publications   

Gregoire, J. M., D. Dale, A. Kazimirov, F. J. DiSalvo, Robert B. Van Dover. 2009. "High energy x-ray diffraction/x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy for high-throughput analysis of composition spread thin films." Review of Scientific Instruments 80 (12).   

Barron, S. C., M. M. Noginov, D. Werder, L. F. Schneemeyer, Robert B. Van Dover. 2009. "Dielectric response of tantalum oxide subject to induced ion bombardment during oblique sputter deposition." Journal of Applied Physics 106 (10).   

Kirby, S. D., Robert B. Van Dover. 2009. "Improved conductivity of ZnO through codoping with In and Al." Thin Solid Films 517 (6): 1958-1960.   

Gregoire, J. M., M. Kostylev, M. E. Tague, P. F. Mutolo, Robert B. Van Dover, F. J. DiSalvo, H. D. Abruna. 2009. "High-Throughput Evaluation of Dealloyed Pt-Zn Composition-Spread Thin Film for Methanol-Oxidation Catalysis." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 156 (1): B160-B166.   

Gregoire, J. M., S. D. Kirby, M. E. Turk, Robert B. Van Dover. 2009. "Structural, electronic and optical properties of (Sc,Y)N solid solutions." Thin Solid Films 517 (5): 1607-1609.

Selected Awards and Honors   

More than 30 patents issued.   "Highly Cited--Physics". Ranked 29th in the world for the period 1981 - 1997. (Thomson ISI)

Education   BS (Engineering/Engineering Physics), Princeton University, 1974   

MA (Applied Physics), Stanford University, 1975   

Ph D (Physics), Stanford University, 1980

Assistant Professor Jin Suntivich

Assistant Professor Jin Suntivich

Interim Director of Graduate Studies

Jin Suntivich is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. Jin received his B.A. in Integrated Science and B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. Afterward, Jin went to obtain his Sc.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT, where his research focused on finding a structure-property relation that controls the electrochemical activity of transition metal oxides and nanoparticles for fuel cells, electrolyzers, and metal-air batteries. Jin conducted his postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. There, he worked on understanding the light-matter interaction in titanium oxides and the role of non-equilibrium structure on the surface chemistry and the carrier lifetimes. His interest is in developing rational strategies for designing new materials for energy and environmental applications.

Chekesha M. Watson

Chekesha M. Watson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Chekesha Liddell received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Highest Distinction from Spelman College (1999) and a Bachelor of Materials Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (1999), [Atlanta University Center, Dual Degree Engineering Program]. She was awarded the NASA Women in Science and Engineering Scholarship to support her undergraduate work including an honors thesis on the Synthesis and Characterization of m-Aminobenzenarsonic acid, an important standard for understanding the metabolysis of arsenic in poultry. Liddell also held three internship appointments at NASA, Kennedy Space Center in the Cryogenics and External Tank Branch and the Microchemical Analysis Laboratories. She joined the Cornell University faculty in November of 2003, after receiving a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Science and Technology Policy from Georgia Tech. Liddell's awards for scholarly achievement include the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award [Nonspherical, Active, and "Inverted" Bases for Optimized Photonic Crystal Design] (2006); Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Sciences Career Initiation Grant, (2003); Office of Naval Research Graduate Fellowship (1999-2003); Georgia Tech President's Fellowship, (1999-2003); Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Sciences Fellowship (1999-2003); NSBE, National Society of Black Engineers Fellow, (2000); Hertz Foundation Fellowship Grant, (1999); TMS materials society, J. Keith Brimacombe Presidential Scholarship, (1999); ASM Foundation Scholarship, ASM International materials society, (1998); and the ASTM, American Society for Testing and Materials, Mary R. Norton Memorial Fellowship, (1999). Liddell is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society, the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) and the Cornell Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS).

Shefford Baker

Associate Professor Shefford Baker

Director of MSE MEng Program

Shefford P. Baker received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, in 1993, was a staff scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung in Stuttgart from 1993 to 1997 and joined the Cornell faculty in 1998. He was Visiting Professor at the Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Saint Jérome, Université Paul Cézanne, Marseille, in summer 2006. Baker has received several teaching awards at Cornell, is on the faculty in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. His research focuses on the mechanical properties of materials, particularly those having critical length scales in the nanometer regime. His interests include relating processing to structure, defects, and stresses in thin films, including texture and phase transformations; nanocontact mechanics; nanomechanical behavior of mineralized tissues, plastic deformation and hardness of silicate and metallic glasses. In addition to his current role as director of the MSE MEng program, Baker has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies and as co-Director of the Biomaterials Program at Cornell and as President of the Materials Research Society.

Amie Prince

Amie J. Prince 

Director of Administration

Amie Prince has joined Cornell as the Director of Administration for the Materials Science and Engineering department. She comes from  the Cornell Office of Sponsored Programs where Amie worked with faculty and staff on identifying, evaluating, negotiating, and coordinating funded research projects across various academic disciplines.  She concurrently served as the Manager of Export Controls in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research developing and implementing policies and procedures for the university-wide export compliance program. Amie is an elected Town Councilor in Summerhill, NY, where she has successfully proposed and implemented legislation and raised funds for municipal projects such as access to broadband Internet in rural areas.  Prior to coming to Cornell, Amie led research teams at corporations such as Advion BioSciences and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Amie holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Alfred University, as well as an Associate's degree in Humanities from Onondaga Community College, and is certified in U.S. export control regulations, specifically EAR & ITAR.