Michael H. Bartl
University of Utah
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Director, Integrative Research Group on Plasmonic Metamaterials (Utah MRSEC)
Michael H. Bartl is an associate professor of materials and physical chemistry, and a visiting professor at the Technical University Munich in Germany. He earned his doctorate degree in materials/inorganic chemistry from Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Bartl is the scientific co-founder of Navillum Nanotechnologies, and currently, he is the director of the Integrative Research Group on Plasmonic Metamaterials of the Utah Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. He was the recipient of a “DuPont Young Professorship,” and was named a “Brilliant 10” researcher by Popular Science magazine in 2010 and a Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement in 2013. His research group studies functional nanostructured materials for energy and information technology applications, including bioinspired photonics, magnonics, nanocrystals and thin films.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director, Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics, and Director, MIT-Germany Program
Markus Buehler is professor and head of the department of civil and environmental engineering at MIT, director of the Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics, and director of the MIT-Germany Program. In 2012, he received the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award for “highly innovative and creative work in computational modeling of biological, bio-inspired and synthetic materials, revealing how weakness is turned into strength through hierarchical material design.” He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and has given hundreds of invited, keynote and plenary talks. His many honors include the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He received his Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D. equivalent) from Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Germany.
University of Michigan
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Joanna Millunchick is a professor of materials science and engineering and is affiliated with the applied physics program at the University of Michigan. She received her B.S. in physics from DePaul University in 1990, and her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University in 1995. Prior to arriving at the University of Michigan in 1997, she held a postdoctoral position at Sandia National Laboratories.
Millunch's general research interest involves manipulating matter on the nanoscale in order to enable the design of new electronic materials for optoelectronic applications. Specifically, she is fascinated by the details of atomic surface structure of compound semiconductors, self-assembly of epitaxial nanostructures and in situ characterization. More recently, Millunchick has taken her expertise in nanotechnology to move into a new line of work that involves the manipulation and characterization of nanowires. For the past several years, Millunchick has also conducted pedagogical research examining the efficacy of internet-based resources in student learning, and the impact of participation in science and technology-related student organizations on persistence.
Millunchick is a senior fellow at the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan and the faculty director of M—STEM Academies in Engineering, which is a program that supports at-risk students studying Science and Engineering. Millunchick has received several awards, most recently the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize (2012) and the Raymond J. and Monica E. Schultz Outreach & Diversity Award (2015), both from the University of Michigan.