About Us

Principal Investigator

Craig J Fennie (Craig Séamus Óg Ó Fiannaidhe)
Associate Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics
224 Clark Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-6498

Professional Preparation
Nicholas Metropolis Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Lab, 2006–2008.
Ph.D. in Physics. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway NJ, 2006.
B.E.E., Villanova University


Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2015
The MacArthur Fellowship, 2013
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2012.
Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER), NSF, 2011.
Young Investigator Award, Army Research Office, 2010.
The John J. Gallen Memorial Award, Villanova College of Engineering, 2008.
GSNB Dissertation Prize, The Graduate School of Rutgers University, 2007.
Richard J. Plano Dissertation Prize, Physics Department, Rutgers University, 2007.
Nicholas Metropolis Fellowship, Argonne National Lab, 2006 -2008.
Materials Research Society Fall Meeting Graduate Student Award, 2005.
Bell Labs-Rutgers University Graduate Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2005.



Brian Abbett
Field: Ph.D. Student in Applied Physics
Joined Group: May 2011
Research interests:
Prior position: MEng, BS Cornell University






Post Doctoral Fellows

Guru Khalsa (ਗੁਰੂ ਬਹਾਦਰ ਖਾਲਸਾ)
Joined group: June 2015 (joint with Prof. N. A. Benedek)
Research interests: Complex oxides, strongly correlated systems.
Prior position: NRC Postdoctoral Researcher, NIST; Ph.D candidate, UT Austin
Hometown: San Bernardino, CA
Favorite song to dance to: Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – This Hustling World.



Beth Nowadnick
Joined group: June 2014
Research interests: Strongly correlated electron materials, transition metal oxides, energy materials
Prior position: Postdoctoral research scientist, Columbia University; Ph.D candidate, Stanford University
Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA
Favorite programming language: python
Homepage: nowadnick.aep.cornell.edu



Priyamvada Jadaun ( प्रियंवदा जादौन )
Joined group: September 2013
Research interests: Novel correlated phenomenon in complex oxides
Prior position: Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin
Hometown: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Favorite linux command: sudo
Favorite DFT code: VASP




Alejandro  Rébola 
Joined group: October 2013
Research interests: Complex Oxides, Interfaces, Transport Properties, Inverse Perovskites
Prior position:  PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Hometown: Rosario, Argentina
Favorite equation: $\lambda=h/p$





Former Members

Johannes Voss

Former Postdoc: Nov 2009-Jan 2012

Present Position: Staff sciencetist SLAC


Nicole Benedek
Former Postdoc: July 2009-July 2012
Present Position: Assistant Professor, UT Austin (2013-2015), Cornell University, Materials Science & Engineering (2015-present)


Turan Birol
Former Graduate Student: Date of Phd, Aug 2013
Present Position: Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Minneapolis.


Alex Wysocki
Former Postdoc: January 2012- June 2013
Present Position: Staff Scientist, Ames Laboratory



Choong Hyun Kim (김충현)
Former Postdoc: July 2012 – July 2015
Present position: Subgroup Leader of the Theory Group at the Center for Correlated Electron Systems IBS at Seoul National University and Research Assistant Professor at SNU.

Sung Gu Kan(강성구)
Former Postdoc: May 2013 – 2015
Present position: Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Ulsan University, Korea


Jiangang H(建刚 和)




Young-Moo Byu (변영무)
Joined g





Hena Das (হেনা দাস)

Former Postdoc: 2011-2015
Present Position: Postdoc Berkeley’




Saurabh Ghosh
Former Postdoc: 2011-2015
Present Position: Postdoc ORNL




  • Peter Bose (Visitor, Jan 2010-July 2010; present position, Industry)
  • L. Andrea Salguero (Postdoc, Jan 2010 to Sept 2011)
  • Andrew Mulder Former Graduate Student: Date of Phd, Dec 2015



  • Sonya Mollinger (REU, Summer 2010; present position, Stanford PhD program)
  • Christian Sias (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in science and engineering REU Student; present position: undergrad at UMBC)
  • Sainabou Jallow (REU, Sumer 2011; present position, senior at Reed College)