Email:                                 Phone: +1 216-368-4125


Professional:  Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio;  1987 - Present)

                                  Professor of Physics and Macromolecular Science & Ohio Eminent Scholar endowed chair


                           Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts;  1980 - 1987)

                                   Research Physicist, Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory                 

                           University of California (Berkeley, California;  1978 - 1980)

                                   Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory                                

Education:          Ph.D.  Harvard University (1978) Applied Physics

                                  (Thesis: A Light Scattering Study of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Thin Films)

                             S.M.  Harvard University (1976) Applied Physics

                             S.B.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1974) Physics

Research Interests:

Research Funding:   More than $15.1 million in grants from:  National Science Foundation, NASA,
                                            U.S. Dept. of Energy, Petroleum Research Fund, State of Ohio, French Foreign Ministry, the US-Israel Binational
                                            Science Foundation, and industry

                                  36 years of uninterrupted single-investigator funding from NSF's  Solid State Chemistry and Condensed Matter Physics Program
                                 Approximately 70% lifetime success rate for competitive research grant proposals

Affiliations:     Fellow of the American Physical Society (elected 1996)
                         Fulbright Scholar (France) 2010
                         Recipient of CWRU's inaugural Distinguished Faculty Research Award (2013)
                         Lady Davis Fellow and Visiting Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 2018
                        Weston Visiting Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, 2021

                         Phi Beta Kappa

                         Sigma Xi science honor society
                         Professeur Invité (by competition), Sorbonne Université, Paris (2010)

                         International Liquid Crystal Society

                               Executive Board of Directors (1992 - 1996)

                               Membership Secretary (1992 - 1996)

                          Editorial Boards, Liquid Crystals (1996 – 2010),  Advances in Condensed Matter Physics (2008 - present) ,
Crystals (2011 - present, including Liquid Crystals section editor)  

Publications:   More than 200 refereed journal articles and 4 patents (click here), h-index 41 (Google Scholar)

Outside Work:   Consultant for liquid crystal device development, patents, and intellectual property litigation


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