Abram L. Falk
Abram Falk is a research staff member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yortkown Heights, NY, where he studies quantum optics in solid-state systems. Prior to joining IBM in 2014, he completed a B. A. from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he was mentored by Hongkun Park, and a postdoctoral research position at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he was mentored by David Awschalom and won the Elings Prize in Experimental Science. His research accomplishments include the engineering of plasmon-to-electrical transduction in nanophotonic circuits and nuclear spin polarization in silicon carbide. More recently, at IBM, he discovered the coherence of carbon-nanotube plasmon resonances, and the intrinsically ultrastrong nature of plasmon-exciton coupling in crystallized nanotube films.
As a member-at-large of the NY American Physical Society, I have enjoyed opportunities for educating undergraduate and graduate students as a member of industry. I organized a conference last year at IBM on “The Physics of AI,” where we had over 75 local students attend, and I have frequently enjoyed opportunities for mentoring students in my own research. Finding new ways for students and industry research staff members to interact is an important and mutually beneficial activity that I will continue to pursue as a member-at-large of the APS FIAP committee.
Ali Gokirmak has received his BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from University of Maryland at College Park in 1998 and received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2005. He has served as a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell for one year in the same group. He joined the Electrical & Computer Engineering Faculty at University of Connecticut in 2006 as an assistant professor. His research focuses on nanoscale electronic devices with an integrated effort in electrical characterization and finite element modeling. His current interests include thermoelectric transport in nanoscale devices experiencing extreme electric fields, temperatures and thermal gradients, phase change memory devices and field effect transistors.
I am mainly interested in micro/nanometer scale condensed matter devices, behavior of materials and unsolved scientific problems that relate to industrial electronic devices and processes. My research is at the intersection of physics, materials science and electrical engineering. We have been collaborating with IBM T J Watson Research Center to perform fundamental studies on electronic and thermoelectric transport that directly impact operation of phase change memory devices, which is now a main-stream memory technology. I find it very rewarding to design and perform experiments to understand physical phenomena that directly impacts a current technology and question the assumptions made to arrive at conventional wisdom and their applicability to extreme conditions achieved in nano / micro scale devices. Our interaction with the industry is critical to get access to state of the art electronic devices, exchange ideas and train our students. Acting as Member-At-Large, I will help strengthen the interaction of academic researchers with the industry, look for opportunities to enable collaborations and educational opportunities for young scientist and help solve scientific problems that can enable new technologies.
Nathan D. Orloff
Nathan (Nate) D. Orloff received the B.S. degree in physics with high honors and Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Maryland (UMD) at College Park, College Park, MD, USA, in 2004 and 2010, respectively. His doctoral thesis concerned the study and measurement of microwave properties of Ruddelsden-Popper ferroelectrics.
In 2011, he was a Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University. In 2013, he joined the Materials Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, USA, as a Rice University Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2014, he joined the Communications Technology Laboratory at NIST in Boulder Colorado. Dr. Orloff is currently the Project Leader of the Microwave Materials Project in the Communications Technology Laboratory at NIST in Boulder, Colorado. His research focus is three-fold: materials-by-design for communications, microwave materials metrology, and bridging the gap between optical and microwave on-wafer measurement science.
Dr. Orloff was the recipient of the UMD Dean's Award for Excellence for Teaching, the 2010 Michael J. Pelczar Award for Graduate Study, the 2014 Distinguished Associate at NIST, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and the 2019 Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award. He has published more than fifty peer-reviewed articles and proceedings. He holds a U.S. Patent on measuring material properties in roll-to-roll manufacturing.
As an applied physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of my job is to ask, “How can NIST help?”. As the FIAP member-at-large, that question changes to “How can Applied Physics help”. Answering this question to me starts by identifying important problems and new ideas in physics. While these problems will sometimes start through basic research in academia, they can also emerge from problems in industry or at federal research labs. Surfacing these problems and created shared solutions means increasing communications between government, academia, and industry.
To this end, my goals as the FIAP member-at-large will be to:
- Build a nexus for industry, government, and academia to exchange ideas and share problems in applied physics, materials, and measurement.
- Foster collaboration and shared knowledge at conferences through tutorials, expert panels, engaging industry, and program managers.
- Inspire young scientist to challenge conventional problems with new ideas in physics and provide training on proposal writing and public speaking.