Professor Cherie R Kagan

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. She served as the Director of the University’s Nanofabrication facility from 2007 to 2009 and 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 from 2009 to 2011. Cherie is a co-founding director of Pennergy: The Penn Center for Energy Innovation (2009-present).

Cherie is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2013), was selected to give Stanford University’s Distinguished Women in Science Colloquium (2009), recipient of IBM’s Outstanding Technical Achievement award (2005), was selected by the American Chemical Society as one of 12 Outstanding Young Woman Scientists who is expected to make a substantial impact in chemistry during this century (2002), featured by the American Physical Society in Physics in Your Future (2002), and was chosen to the MIT Technology Review TR10 (2000).

She is an associate editor of the American Chemical Society’s journal ACS Nano and on the editorial boards of the journals Nano Letters and NanoToday. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on Emerging Technologies, the DOE Basic Energy Science Materials Council, and on the NSF advisory board for the US Summer School in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. She served on the Materials Research Society’s Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009 and the editorial board of the journal Applied Materials and Interfaces.