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

Associate Professor Lara Estroff

Associate Professor Lara Estroff

Director of Graduate Studies

Lara A. Estroff is currently an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. She received a B.A. with honors from Swarthmore College (1997), with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Anthropology. Before beginning her graduate studies, she spent a year at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel as a visiting researcher in the labs of Profs Lia Addadi and Steve Weiner. During this time, she was introduced to the field of biomineralization and studied chemical approaches to archeological problems. In 2003, she received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale University for work done in Prof. Andrew D. Hamilton's laboratory on the design and synthesis of bio-inspired organic superstructures to control the growth of inorganic crystals. After completing graduate school, she was an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow in Prof. George M. Whiteside's laboratory at Harvard University (2003-2005). Dr. Estroff's research group at Cornell focuses on bio-inspired materials synthesis, in particular, the study of crystal growth mechanisms in gels and their relationships to biomineralization. She has received several awards, including an NSF Early Faculty Career Award in 2009 and a J.D. Watson Young Investigator's award from NYSTAR in 2006.

Grace Xing

Professor Huili (Grace) Xing
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Huili (Grace) Xing is the William L. Quackenbush Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University where she holds a joint appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Xing received a Bachelor Degree in Physics from Peking University. After that, she pursued a Master Degree in Material Science and Engineering at Lehigh University. Wanting to work with devices that use wonderful material properties, she went to the University of California at Santa Barbara for her Ph.D. and eventually earned a degree in Electrical Engineering. From 2004 to 2014 she was a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame. Xing joined Cornell in 2015.  Prof. Xing’s research Interests are focused on high-performance electronics materials and devices, which can be loosely categorized into 4 areas: III-V nitride materials and devices, Oxide materials and devices, Low-dimensional materials and quantum materials, Logic and memory materials and devices.  She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), a recipient of the Young Scientist Award of the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS), the NSF CAREER Award and the Young Investigator Program Award by AFOSR.

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.