Areas of Professional Expertise

Synthesis and characterization of technological and environmental nano/microphases, with an emphasis on transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. Structure-property-performance-biological response relationships of nano/microphases. Integration of research and education. Problem-based learning and team learning/science.

Academic Interests and Activities

1. Research Facility Development: Founding Director for UC Merced Imaging and Microscopy Facility (first centralized research facility at UC Merced), Co-Founder of Electron Microscopy Materials Science Central Facilities at UC Davis.

2. Curriculum Innovation: Founding Director of Engineering Service Learning program and PI for UC Merced EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) grant through Purdue University to establish it, funded by NSF CLC program. Member of team that secured Foster Family $1.2M endowment for program.

3. Integration of Research and Teaching: UC Merced PI for NSF NSEC (duration = 10 years) that focuses on providing summer research opportunities in nanoscale science and engineering at UC Merced and UC Berkeley to 20-25 UC Merced undergraduate students per year.

4. Professional Activities: Advisory Board Member, UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program; Advisory Board Member, UC Presidents Postdoctoral Fellowship Program; Proposal Review Committee Member, National Center for Electron Microscopy, LBNL; Proposal Review Committee Member, Molecular Foundry, LBNL; Proposal Reviewer, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Center for Electron Microscopy of Functional Nanomaterials; Ad-hoc Reviewer for SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, NSF Mail-In and Panel Reviewer.

5. Mentoring and Outreach: Mentor, UC Presidents Postdoctoral Fellowship Program; Mentor, UC Merced Engineering Service Learning team that constructs nanotechnology exhibits/demo kits for the Castle Science and Technology Center in Atwater, CA, Cruikshank Middle School and NISEnet.