In celebration of the 115 anniversary of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State, we are inviting alumni to present during the monthly Steidle Café. The program will be held over Zoom and to receive the link please register at matse.psu.edu/café.
January Speakers will be:
Susan Sinnott, Professor and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State
Tabbetha A. Dobbins, ‘02g, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Rowan University
Title of Presentation: Learning the Language of Light: My Journey from Physics Undergrad to Materials Science Grad to Physics Professor and Beyond
This presentation tells the story of my professional journey and how learning (the science, engineering, and mathematics as well as about myself) helped. The key take-away from this presentation will be to young people-- embrace all parts of your journey and learning!
Rowan University, Professor in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy (since Sept. 1, 2016).
Rowan University, VP for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Division of University Research (since July 1, 2020).
Joined Rowan University Sept. 1, 2010.
Research and Educational Interests:
She mentors students in both graduate and undergraduate research projects and engages in broadening the participation of students in synchrotron x-ray and neutron studies at national research laboratories. Her research programs are aimed at attracting and recruiting top students to the sciences using societally relevant energy-related and biomedical-related topics. She continues to do cutting edge research in applying synchrotron x-ray and neutron analysis to modern engineering problems in carbon nanotubes, gold nanoparticles, the hydrogen fuel economy, and polymer self-assembly. Also, she works diligently to engage high school students in science through her NSF funded programs.
• B.S. in Physics at Lincoln University (Lincoln University, PA) (May 1993)
• M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) (Dec 1995)
• Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State University (May 2002)
• NRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at NIST (Sept 2002 to June 2003)
Awards and Recognition:
• Recipient of the Penn State University Alumni Achievement Award (in 2007).
• She is a 2009 recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for a project titled: “Enhancing Atomic Mobility and Desorption Kinetics in Metal Hydrides”.
• African Light Source Executive Steering Committee –2014 -present
• American Institute of Physics - Task Force for Underrepresentation of African Americans in Physics –Dec 2017 to Dec 2019.
• American Physical Society, Forum on International Physics – since 2017
Publication Track Record:
• 30 scholarly publications in peer reviewed journals (h-index of 10)