Research includes scanning tunneling microscopy and ultrafast photoemission spectroscopy.
Dr. Ohodnicki received bachelor degrees in both Economics and Engineering Physics from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Dr. Ohodnicki’s most recent position was Materials Scientist and Technical Portfolio Lead of the Functional Materials Team at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Pittsburgh before joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Pittsburgh as an Associate Professor (2020). While at NETL, Dr. Ohodnicki received a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2016) and was a finalist for the Service to America Promising Innovations Medal (2017). His research experience has spanned academia, industry, and the federal government. The main focus of Dr. Ohodnicki’s research is the synthesis, characterization, and integration of functional materials down to the nano-scale, together with component-level performance improvements through advanced materials engineering strategies. He has exploited advanced processing methods for both thin film and bulk nano-structured materials and nano-composites. These methods include additive manufacturing, thin film deposition, nanofabrication, and far-from equilibrium processing such as rapid solidification in addition to anisotropic processing in the presence of applied strain and magnetic fields. His research has been particularly impactful in the areas of soft magnetic materials and sensors for harsh service environments.
David Snoke received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University and his Ph.D. also in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon graduating, he moved to Stuttgart, Germany where the spent the next two and a half years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, one and a half years of which were as an Alexander von Humbolt Fellow. He then became a member of the technical staff of The Aerospace Corporation before finally joining the Department of Physics of the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2006.
Gary Fedder earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS) from MIT. He worked at the Hewlett-Packard Company before pursuing a Ph.D. degree in EECS, which he received from the University of California at Berkeley. He then joined Carnegie Mellon University with a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and The Robotics Institute. He has won several awards, written 13 patents, served on the editorial board of journals, chaired conferences, and held administrative positions including his current one as Vice Provost for Research at Carnegie Mellon University.