Academic Leadership

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Chris Xu

Director of Applied and Engineering Physics

276 Clark Hall

Chris Xu is IBM Professor of Engineering, Cornell University School of Applied and Engineering Physics Professor, the Mong Family Foundation Director of Cornell Neurotech – Engineering, the director of Cornell NeuroNex Hub, an NSF funded center for developing neurotechnology, and Director of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics. Visit his page to learn more. 

Craig J. Fennie

Craig J. Fennie

Director of Undergraduate Studies

224 Clark Hall

After receiving his doctoral degree in physics from Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey in 2006, Fennie spent two years at The Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne Nationial Laboratory as the Nicholas Metropolis Fellow. He joined the Cornell faculty in July of 2008 and works in the broad area of computational/theoretical materials physics including Materials-by-Design. He is the recipient of the 2010 Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office, the 2011 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation, and the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship. In 2015, Fennie was elected a Fellow of American Physical Society.

joel brock Director of Master of Engineering Program

Joel Brock

Director of Master of Engineering Program 

201 Clark Hall

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, 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.

David Anthony Muller

David Anthony Muller

Director of Graduate Studies

227 Clark Hall

David is a graduate of the University of Sydney and received a Ph.D. from Cornell University in the field of Physics. As a scientist at Bell Labs, he applied his research on imaging single atoms and atomic-scale spectroscopy to determine the physical limits on how small a transistor can be made. His work more generally has focused on the development of scanning transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy as quantitative tools for atomic-resolution materials analysis, and its application to unraveling connections between electronic-structure changes on the atomic scale and the macroscopic behavior of materials. This includes systems as diverse as fuel cells, batteries, turbine blades, and two-dimensional superconductors.

David is a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Microscopy Society of America, and recipient of the MSA Burton Medal and MAS Duncumb Award. Full list of Dr. Muller's publications.