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Director of the Nanotechnology Institute: Robert W. Carpick
November 13, 2007, Volume 54, No. 12



Dr. Robert W. Carpick has been appointed Penn Director of the Nanotechnology Institute. Dr. Carpick is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics who holds a secondary appointment in materials science and engineering.

The Nanotechnology Institute is a groundbreaking regional academic research and technology commercialization collaboration made possible by support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Institute was founded in 2001 by Penn, Drexel and the Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Almanac October 31, 2000). Dr. Carpick replaces former Penn SEAS faculty member Dr. David Luzzi, founding investigator of the Institute, who became dean of engineering at Northeastern University in September of this year. Dr. Carpick will serve as principal investigator and coordinate Penn’s engagement with the Nanotechnology Institute, according to the Vice Provost for Research Steven J. Fluharty and Engineering Dean Eduardo Glandt.

“Dean Glandt and I are greatly pleased that we were able to recruit Rob Carpick for the post of Penn Director,” Dr. Fluharty said. “Rob has a highly relevant academic background for the position, working at the intersection of mechanics, materials, and physics to conduct research into nanotribology and nanostructured materials. Rob is very involved with Penn investigators engaged in nanotechnology-related research projects and programs and is a natural fit to help lead the Nanotechnology Institute on the University’s behalf. We look forward to working with him and our partner institutions as a new agenda for the Institute begins to unfold.”

Dr. Carpick received his BSc in physics from the University of Toronto in 1991, and his MA and PhD in physics from UC Berkeley in 1997. He joined the Penn faculty in January 2007 from the University of Wisconsin. He serves on the editorial board of Tribology Letters and serves as a board member of the Solid Lubricants Division of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. He was the recipient of a CAREER Award from the NSF in 2001, and was named Outstanding New Mechanics Educator by the American Society for Engineering Education in 2003. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and principal investigator for four submitted patents.



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