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Principal Investigator


Prof. Andrew C. Kummel

Hometown: NYC - Yeah baby!
Nickname: ACK!
Education: BS Chemical Engineering, Yale University; MS Chemical Engineering, PhD Chemistry, Stanford University
Favorite Beverage: Delirium Tremens
Favorite music: Prefers modern dance (2 for 1)
Favorite movie: Saturday Night Fever
Favorite food: Xiaolongbao
Can be heard saying: Forget talking, his disdainful glares are worth a thousand words
Lab duties: Raking in the bucks, literally



Current PostDoc


Woojae Lee

Hometown: Milyang, Korea
Nickname: Lee
Education: PhD, Material Science and Engineering
Favorite color: white
Favorite music: Hip-hop
Favorite movie: Korea movie
Favorite food: Everything I can eat
Favorite beverage: ice water
Lab duties: ALD and MOF


SeongUK Yun

Hometown: Daegu, Korea
Nickname: Yun
Education: PhD, Chemical Engineering
Favorite color: sky blue
Favorite music: Aroha
Favorite movie: New world
Favorite food: gal-bi
Favorite beverage: ice americano
Lab duties: Deposit phosphide


Current Graduate Students


Abraham (Abe) Phung

Hometown:San Francisco, California
Education: BS, Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine
Favorite music: Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Favorite movie: Departures
Favorite food: Beef Bourguignon
Favorite beverage: Ramune
Lab duties: providing check-out services for our guests in the vivarium


Chelsea N. Swank-Anderson

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Nickname: Chelsea
Education: BS, Chemistry, Pacific Lutheran University
Favorite music: Reggaeton
Favorite movie: The Marvel Series
Favorite food: Carne asada o Pollo con arroz y plantanos
Favorite beverage: Flavored waters
Lab duties: Composites and 5th Floor Wet Lab
Favorite quote: You miss 100% of the shots you don't take -Wayne Gretsky


Ping Che Lee

Hometown: Taiwan
Nickname: PC
Education: M.S., material science, National Cheng Kung University
Favorite color: blue
Favorite movie: Star war
Favorite food: Cookie
Favorite beverage: Coke
Lab duties: providing TEM service


Jaimin R. Shah

Hometown: Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Nickname: JRS!
Education: BS Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical Sciences), Gujarat University; MS Pharmaceutics (Industrial Pharmacy), Long Island University
Favorite beverage: Coffee (French Roast)
Favorite music: Indian Classical, Rock
Favorite movie: Rocky (film series), Creed (film series) Favorite TV show: Vikings, The Last Kingdom
Favorite food: Thai Curry (Plant-based), a variety of Indian food (Plant-based)
Can be heard saying: Can we please do this?
Lab duties:Finding a Cure for Cancer
Favorite quote:Quote: Think Big, Plan Hard, Play Smart, and then, You Achieve! – Jaimin R. Shah


Chenghsuan (Jimmy) Kuo

Hometown: Tainan, Taiwan
Nickname: Jimmy
Education: MS, Materials Science Engineering, NCKU
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite music: JJ Lin
Favorite movie: Gorgeous
Favorite food: Shrimp Burrito
Favorite beverage: Blueberry juice
Lab duties: Fixing the Auger
Favorite quote: A smile will gain you ten more years of life.


Victor Wang

Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nickname: Victor
Education: BS, Electrical Engineering, Walla Walla University
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite music: Vulfpeck
Favorite movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (a.k.a. Sangyeob)
Favorite food: Yakitori
Favorite beverage: Guarana Antartica
Can be heard saying: "What's that?"
Lab duties: Depositing high-k
Favorite quote:The soldier who fights to death never dies, but the soldier who fights for existence never truly exists" - Admiral Yi Sun Shin


Mike Breeden

Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Nickname: Mike
Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, UCSD
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite music: Electronic
Favorite movie: Hackers
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite beverage: Mountain Dew
Lab duties: Hoping the red light on the XPS stays on
Favorite quote: Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."


Tao Dong

Hometown: Hunan, China
Nickname: Tao
Education: BS, Chemistry, University of Washington
Favorite color: green
Favorite music: Starwood in Aspen
Favorite movie: Lost in Translation
Favorite food: Sukiyaki
Favorite beverage: Coke
Lab duties:providing medical support to our guests in vivarium


Aaron McLeod

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Nickname: A-aron
Education: BS Chemistry Temple Univ.
Favorite color: Soul red metallic (41V)
Favorite music: Glass Animals
Favorite movie: Pork Chashu
Favorite food: Korean BBQ
Favorite beverage: Coffee
Lab duties:Safety/XRD
Can be heard saying: "Sorry, I already have plans this weekend?"
Favorite quote: "Do as you otter, add acid to water -


James Huang

Hometown: Hong Kong
Nickname:
Education: BS Materials Science, University of Toronto
Favorite color: yellow
Favorite music: G.E.M
Favorite movie: Crazy Rich Asians
Favorite food: sausage
Favorite beverage: Green tea
Lab duties: Transfer samples
Can be heard saying: yo, what’s up
Favorite quote: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened


Yunil Cho

Hometown: DaeJeon, Korea, NM
Nickname:
Education: BS/MS Electrical Engineering, KAIST
Favorite color: Red
Favorite music: K-pop
Favorite movie:
Favorite food: Korean BBQ
Favorite beverage: Coca Cola
Lab duties:Deposition and XPS
Can be heard saying:How's it going?
Favorite quote: "Failure is the mother of success"


Harshil Kashyap

Hometown: New Delhi, India
Nickname: Hershil
Education: BS, ECE, UCSD
Favorite color: Black
Favorite music: Yeezy
Favorite movie: Horror movies
Favorite food: Chicken Fajitas
Favorite beverage: Protein shakes
Lab duties: giving the safety officer a hard time
Can be heard saying: This is absurd!


Intern students


William

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Nickname: William
Education: High School Student, Del Norte High School
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite movie: Wall-e
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite beverage: Sprite
Lab duties:Coding Arduino programs to operate lab equipment


Current Undergrads


Chanyoung Kim

Hometown:Seoul
Education: BS, Chemical Engineering
Favorite color: light blue
Favorite music: A Million Dreams
Favorite movie: My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday
Favorite food: kbbq
Favorite beverage:iced latte


Alumni


Former Post-docs & Staff Scientists


Dr. Evgeniy Chagarov, Ph.D.

echagarov at ucsd.edu

Analyst, JP Morgan Chase in NY


Dr. Sangyeob Lee, Ph.D.

s3.park at samsung.com

Working for Samsung in Korea


Tao Song, Ph.D., 2006 - 2008

in China now


Clayton L. Workman, Ph.D.
Clayton.workman at qorvo.com

Clayton is a Manger in the yield and quality division at Qorvo.


Jean-Claude Gumy, Ph.D., 2000-2001
jean-claude.gumy at rdor.nestle.com

Jean-Claude heads a Food Material Science Group at Nestle's Product Technology Center in Orbe, Switzerland. His group works on the physical characterization of coffees, powdered beverages, and cereals. Jean-Claude also maintains a personal website.


Sang I. Yi, Ph.D.
Sangin.yi at versummaterials.com

Sang is a Manager at Versum Materials


Temer Ahmadi, Ph.D., 1996-1997

Temer is at Villanova University in Villanova, PA.


James G. McLean, Ph.D., 1996-1999
mclean at geneseo.edu

James is a Professor of Physics at SUNY at Geneseo in Geneseo, NY. You can visit both his professional and personal websites.


Yong Liu, Ph.D.
yliu at z-ram.com

Yong is a Principal Member of Technical Staff Innovative Silicon in Santa Clara, CA


Denis Masson, Ph.D.
denis.masson at azastra.com

Denis is a General Manager at Azastra Opto.


Ernest Behringer, Ph.D.
ebehringe at emich.edu

Ernie is an Associate Professor of Physics
at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI.


Harris Flaum, Ph.D.
hflaum at sbcglobal.net

Harris is a Chicago-based pilot for AmericanAirlines.
He also is a design consultant for Kimball Physics, a manufacturer of electron guns.


Former Graduate Students


Scott Ueda, Ph.D. (2021)

Keysight Technologies, CA


Adrian Badaracco, M.S. (2021)


Ching-Hsin (Laura) Huang, Ph.D. (2021)

Postdoc, Stanford University


Chris Ahles, Ph.D. (2019)

Intel, Hillsboro, OR.


Jong Choi, Ph.D. (2019)

Intel, Hillsboro, OR.


James Wang, Ph.D. (2019)

Postdoc Stanford Univ, Stanford, CA.


Steven Wolf, Ph.D. (2019)

Raytheon, Boston, MA.


Mahmut Kavrik, Ph.D. (2019)

...


Emily Thomson, M.S (2018)

Raytheon, Lompoc, CA.


Iljo Kwak, Ph.D. (2019)

Applied Materials, Santa Clata, CA.


Natalie Mendez, Ph.D., 2017

Intel in Hillsboro, OR.


Jun Hong Park, Ph.D., 2017

park.junhong at qns.science

Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Quantum Nanoscience, Korea


Kasra Sardashti, Ph.D., 2016

ksardash at eng.ucsd.edu

Assistant Professor of Physics, Clemson University


Mary Edmonds, Ph.D., 2016

mary.edmonds at intel.com

Intel, Hillsboro, OR.


Sang Wook Park, Ph.D., 2016

bluesky0628 at gmail.com

Engineer at Applied Materials in Santa Clara, CA.


Max Clemons, M.S., 2016

Applied Materials


Katty Kaiting Hu, M.S., 2015

Process Engineer at Intel


Casey Ta, Ph.D., 2016

casey.ta at gmail.com

Loneshine Tech


Tyler Kent, Ph.D., 2015

tyler.kent.1288 at gmail.com

Product Engineering at Lam Research


Alex Liberman, Ph.D., 2015

aeliberman at gmail.com

Medical Writer at Intercept Pharmaceuticals


Tobin Kaufman-Osborn, Ph.D., 2014

Tobin_KaufmanOsborn at amat.com

Staff Member Applied Materials


Sergio Sandoval, Ph.D, 2012

sandovas98 at gmail.com

Intel, Hillsboro, OR.


Amanda Kerr, M.S., 2012

Staff Engineering Raytheon


Dr. Jim Royer, Ph.D., 2012

james.royer at airliquide.com

Research Scientist at Air Liquide in Delaware


Dr. Wilhelm Melitz, Ph.D., 2012

wilhelm.melitz at intel.com

Process Engineer at Intel in Hillsboro, OR.


David Martin, Ph.D., 2011

davediego at gmail.com

Data Scientist at Facebook


Manuel E. Ruidiaz, Ph.D., 2011

mx at greenvita.org

Senior Imaging Data Scientist at Dupont Pioneer.


Dr. Joon Sung Lee, Ph.D., 2011

joonsung.lee at gmail.com

TD Yield Engineer at Intel in Hillsboro, OR.


Capt. Erik Kappe, MS 2011

erik.kappe at usafa.edu

Eglin Air Force Base in FL.


Dr. Jian Shen, Ph.D., 2010

jian75 at gmail.com

Process Engineer at Intel in Chandler, AZ.


Dr. Sarah R. Bishop, Ph.D., 2010

sarah.r.bishop at intel.com

Process Engineer at Intel in Hillsboro, OR.


Dr. Jonathon B. Clemens , Ph.D., 2010

jobocl at gmail.com

Process Engineer at Quidel


Ngoc L. Tran, Ph.D., 2008

Criminalist at California Department of Justice


Jeongwon Park, Ph.D., 2008

jpark2 at uottawa.ca

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ottawa


Darby L. Winn, Ph.D., 2007

feldwinn at chem.ucsb.edu

Lecturer in Chemistry Department at UCSB in Santa Barbara, CA.


Tyler J. Grassman, Ph.D., 2007

grassman.5 at osu.edu

Assistant Research Professor at OSU in Columbus, Ohio.


Richard D. Yang, Ph.D., 2007

rdyang at gmail.com

Richard is a Senior Engineering Manager at LAM


Nancy Santagata, M.S., 2006

Postdoctoral Associate Ohio State


Gary C. Poon, Ph.D., 2004

Gary is a Director at Galliard Capital Management.


Jonathan Z. Sexton, Ph.D., 2004
jsexton at nccu.edu

Associate Professor

North Carolina Central University, BRITE Institute

1801 Concord Dr.
Mary M. Townes Science Complex, Rm 3129
Durham, NC 27707
Phone 919-530-6251


Michael J. Hale, Ph.D., 2004

Mike is an Associate Director at the Quidel Group.


Andrew J. Komrowski, Ph.D., 2001
akomrows at gmail.com

"Little" Andy is now at Maxim Integrated Products


Peter Kruse, Ph.D., 2000
pkruse at mcmaster.ca

Peter is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Check out Prof. Kruse's website!


Kharissia A. Pettus, Ph.D., 2000

Kharissia is an Editorial Editor for the Journal of Medical Insight.


Eric Lanzendorf, Ph.D., 1996
eric.j.lanzendorf at intel.com

Eric runs a group that develops phase shift masks at Intel's Mask Operations.


John A. Jensen, Ph.D., 1995
john.jensen at lamrc.com

John is an Engineering Manager in the Software and Controls Engineering Department at Lam Research Corporation in Fremont, CA.


Chun Yan, Ph.D., 1994
chun_yan at amat.com

Chun is a Senior Member of Techical Staff at Applied Materials.


Thomas F. Hanisco, Ph.D., 1993
thomas.hanisco at nasa.gov

Tom is a Research Scientist at NASA.


Dan Sullivan, Ph.D., 1993
dsullivan at eag.com

Dan is a FA Lab Manager at EAG.


Former Undergraduate Students

Robert Viveros

John Flores


Vanessa Herrera


Byron Ho

Now at University of California, Berkeley


Maxwell M. Thiemens

Max is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in astrophysics at UCSDcb antenna


Last updated: 06/18/2015