After receiving her Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from MIT, Professor Pollack came to Cornell to work with the Low Temperature Physics group. She was a Postdoctoral Associate (1989-1991) and a Research Associate (1991-1997) in the Microkelvin Laboratory. In 1997, with support from the NSF and the LASSP Biophysics Group, she changed the focus of her research program to Biophysics. In 1999 she became Senior Research Associate in LASSP. She joined the faculty in Applied and Engineering Physics in 2000. Her research in the Pollack Lab focuses on developing and applying physics-based tools to gain insight into outstanding problems in molecular biology. She received the Swanson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003, and the Chau Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012.
Kourkoutis received a Diploma in Physics from the University of Rostock, Germany in 2003, and then moved to Ithaca where she was awarded a PhD in 2009. As a Humboldt Research Fellow Kourkoutis spent 2011-2012 exploring cryo-electron microscopy in the Molecular Structural Biology Group at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. She returned to Cornell as a Postdoctoral Associate in 2012 and joined the Applied and Engineering Faculty in 2013. She has been selected by Microscopy Society of America as the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Albert Crewe Award. The Kourkoutis Electron Microscopy Group focuses on understanding and controlling nanostructured materials, from complex oxide heterostructures to materials for battery and photovoltaic applications to biomaterials.
Greg Fuchs earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2007. His thesis work included an early experimental study of spin-transfer torques in magnetic tunnel junctions. Afterward, he moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara as a postdoctoral associate where he changed research fields from magnetic devices to the quantum behavior of spins in solid-state materials. His research included quantum control over nitrogen-vacancy (NV) spins in diamond and investigations into the spin dynamics relating to the NV center’s orbital excited state. Fuchs joined the Cornell faculty of Applied and Engineering Physics in 2011. His current research focus in the Fuchs Group is understanding and controlling spin dynamics in solid-state systems.
Joel D. Brock
Interim Director of Master of Engineering
and Master of Science Programs
After receiving his doctoral degree, Brock spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then joined the Cornell faculty in 1989. He served as Director of the School of Applied & Engineering Physics from 2000-2007. At Cornell, he is affiliated with the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2), and is Director of the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). He is a member of the American Crystallography Association, the Materials Research Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Engineering Education, Sigma Xi, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and The Materials Society. Brock is a fellow of the American Physical Society.