Adjunct Faculty Directory

Paul L. Bergstrom

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Micro-electromechanical systems
  • Micromachining materials and process technologies
  • Inertial pressure
  • Nanoscaled technologies enabling banoelectronic devices
  • Technologies for the monolithic integration of sensors and actuators with electronics

Debra D. Charlesworth

Assistant Dean, Graduate School

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


  • Review of theses and dissertations
  • Presents and organizes professional development seminars
  • Manages Graduate School website
  • Processes withdrawals
  • Manages new student orientation
  • Coordinates NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Megan C. Frost

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

M & M Building 304

Research Interests

  • Nitric oxide releasing polymers
  • Implantable sensors
  • Biological response to polymeric materials

John A. Jaszczak

Professor, Physics
Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (College of Sciences and Arts)

Adjunct Curator, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Research Interests

  • Theoretical condensed matter physics
  • Theory and modeling of single-electron transport devices
  • Modeling and simulation of properties of interfaces and interface materials
  • Atomistic computational physics of surface phases and surface dynamics
  • Crystal growth
  • Mineralogy of natural graphite

Gregory M. Odegard

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering and ASME Faculty Advisor

MEEM 810

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science

Research Interests

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computational Chemistry

Zhiwei Peng

Research Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

M & M Building 535

Teaching Interests

Research Interests

  • Heat transfer in microwave heating
  • Dielectric characterization of materials
  • Non-thermal microwave effects
  • Ironmaking and steelmaking
  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Microwave absorbing materials

John E. Pilling

Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Mechanical behavior of materials
  • Composite materials
  • Materials characterization
  • Kinetics
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • High temperature deformation and fracture
  • Superplasticity
  • Simulation of microstructural development during phase transformations
  • Design of composite materials

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

Richard & Elizabeth Henes Associate Professor in Nanotechnology

Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

MEEM 923

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology for Electrochemical Energy Storage (Batteries and Supercapacitors)
  • Nanogenerators and Piezotronic Sciences
  • Nanoscale Degradation of Fuel Cell Materials
  • Nanoscale Properties of Low Dimensional Materials for Thermoelectrics and Nanoelectronics
  • Mechanics of Bio and Nano Materials and Composites
  • In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy

Yoke Khin Yap

Professor, Physics

Director, Engineering Physics Ph.D. Program

Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Fisher 219

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Solid-State Physics
  • Optics
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Nanotechnology)
  • Electromagnetism

Research Interests

  • Controlled synthesis of 0D, 1D, and 2D nanomaterials (Nanotubes, Nanowires, layered Materials, Quantum Dots, etc..).
  • Exploration of new functional nanomaterials, heterojunctions, nano-hybrids, and nano-systems.
  • Creative use of nanomaterials and nano-systems in advanced electronics, quantum switching, energy harvesting, and chemical and biomedical applications.