Email:                                 Phone: +1 216-368-4125


Professional:    Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio;  2022 - present)   
                                  Professor Emeritus of Physics & Ohio Eminent Scholar Emeritus   

                           Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio; 1987 - 2022)

                                  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 Programs
                                   Approximately 70% lifetime success rate for competitive research grant proposals

Courses Taught   
  PHYS 166        Physics Today and Tomorrow [U]
                                PHYS 122        Electricity and Magnetism (for engineers) [U]
                                PHYS 124        Electricity and Magnetism (honors) [U]
                                PHYS 221        Modern Physics (survey of QM, stat mech, etc.) [U]
                                PHYS 301/317    Junior Laboratory [U]
                                PHYS 310        Classical Mechanics [U]
                                PHYS 313        Statistical Thermodynamics [U]
                                PHYS 315/415    Solid State Physics [U/G]
                                PHYS 324        (Advanced) Electricity and Magnetism I [U]
                                PHYS 325        (Advanced) Electricity and Magnetism II [U]
                                PHYS 326/426    Physical Optics [U/G]
                                PHYS 441        Physics of Condensed Matter I [G]
                                PHYS 442        Physics of Condensed Matter II [G]
                                PHYS 447        Physics of Liquid Crystals [G]
                                PHYS 539        Optical Studies of Complex Fluids [G]
                                FRCH 328        Science & Technology in France: Yesterday and Today [U]


Affiliations:     Fellow of the American Physical Society (elected 1996)
                         Fulbright Scholar (France) 2010
                         Recipient of CWRU's inaugural Distinguished Faculty Research Award (2013)

                         Professeur Invité (by competition), Sorbonne Université, Paris (2010)  
                         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

                         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 - 2022) ,
Crystals (2011 - present, including Liquid Crystals section editor)  

Publications:   More than 200 refereed journal articles and 4 patents (click here), h-index 42 (Google Scholar)

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


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