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Robert’s Biography

Robert Ferris

Robert Ferris

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Email: Robert.Ferris@duke.edu

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science – The Pratt School of Engineering, Durham, NC (2013)
  • Masters in Business Administration – The Fuqua School of Business, Durham, NC (2013)
  • M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2004)
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2004)

Awards and Honors:

  • GP Nano Certificate (2013)
  • MRSEC Graduate Student Fellow (2012-2013)
  • Best Materials Poster MEMS Annual Retreat (2012)
  • GP Nano Graduate Student Fellow (2008-2009)
  • Honorable Mention NSF Graduate Student Research Award Recipient (2008 & 2009)
  • Presidential Scholar Award for Leadership and Integrity (2004)

Work Experience:

  • Automation Engineer – Automation and Control Specialists (2005-2008)
  • Undergraduate Staff – Cornell Nanofabrication Facility (2003-2004)

Research Interest:

Robert Ferris has over 12 years of nanofabrication and semiconductor research experience. His current work focuses on using electric-fields to induce nanosurface patterns on polymer brush and ferroelectric thin films. Applications to his work focus on interfacial sensing and directed-assembly in aqueous environments. His broader interest involve commercialization of nanotechnology-enabled innovations.

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