Professor Department of Electrical Engineering
Morgan State University
Dr. Spencer received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in electrical engineering, all from Cornell University. He has more than 160 publications and 20 patents in the fields of compound semiconductors, graphene, power conversion, microwave devices and solar cell technology. His list of awards and honors includes, among others, the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation; the Allen Berman Research Publication Award from the Naval Research Laboratory; the Quality of Education for Minorities (QEM) Giants of Science Award; and an appointment as a Sigma Xi lecturer in the summer of 2014. Dr. Spencer recently served on the National Academy of Engineering’s Committee on Assessment of Solid State Lighting.
Professor Department of Chemistry
University of Tennessee
Janice Musfeldt’s research area is experimental materials chemistry and physics. In her program, she employs a variety of spectroscopic methods to reveal and control the properties of quantum materials. External stimuli are used to tune these properties in order to explore new physical phenomena and uncover properties of technological relevance. Current research directions include (i) understanding coupling processes in multiferroic oxides, (ii) functionality from enhanced spin-orbit coupling in 4- and 5d-containing materials, (iii) phase diagrams and properties of molecule-based multiferroics, and (iv) unveiling the response of nanoscale materials and defect structures.
Assistant Professor Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Michigan
Robert Hovden is an Assistant Professor in Materials Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He completed his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Cornell University. Utilizing electron microscopy he unveils new understanding of how structure at the atomic and nanoscale determines material properties at the macroscale—spanning a wide class of systems including 2D materials, next-generation energy devices, and biominerals.