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Cherie R. Kagan Research Group

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Professor Cherie KaganCherie R. Kagan

Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE)
Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
Department of Chemistry

254 Levine Hall
Phone: (215) 573-4384
(215) 573-2068

Educational Background:
   University of Pennsylvania
       B.S.E. Materials Science and Engineering, 1991
       B.A. Mathematics, 1991
   Massachusetts Institute of Technology
       Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, 1996

Cherie earned both a B.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. In 1996, she received her Ph.D. in Electronic Materials from MIT. In 1996, Cherie went to Bell Laboratories as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1998 she joined IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center where she most recently managed the “Molecular Assemblies and Devices Group.” In January, 2007 Cherie joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering as an associate professor. In addition she served as the Director of the University’s Nanofabrication facility from 2007 to 2009. From 2009 to 2011, Cherie served as the co-director of Pennergy: The Penn Center for Energy Innovation as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s Director to the Energy Commercialization Initiative, a multi-institutional partnership funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to accelerate commercialization of clean, alternative energy technologies. She was also appointed to the faculty of the Department of Chemistry. In 2011, Cherie was promoted to the rank of professor.

Cherie was selected by the American Chemical Society in 2002 as one of 12 “Outstanding Young Woman Scientists who is expected to make a substantial impact in chemistry during this century.” She was featured by the American Physical Society in Physics in Your Future, and in 2000 chosen by the MIT Technology Review TR10. In 2005, she received IBM’s Outstanding Technical Achievement award and in April, 2009 gave Stanford University’s Distinguished Women in Science Colloquium. She is on the editorial boards of the American Chemical Society’s journals “Nano Letters” and “Applied Materials and Interfaces,” on the editorial board on “NanoToday,” served on the Materials Research Society’s Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009, and is on the NSF advisory board for the US Summer School in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.

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