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Cumings Named Interim Director of Maryland NanoCenter
The A. James Clark School of Engineering and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences are pleased to announce that Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) associate professor John Cumings will serve as interim director of the Maryland NanoCenter, effective July 1, 2015, while its current director, MSE professor Gary Rubloff, is on sabbatical for the Fall 2015 semester.
Cumings, who earned his Ph.D. in physics at the University of California at Berkeley in 2002, studies the dynamic properties of nanoscale systems. He and his group have routinely been recognized for their unusual discoveries at the nanoscale and the development of novel research techniques that made many of them possible. Among their notable accomplishments are the creation of a "pseudo ice" used to study the behavior of hydrogen atoms in real ice that seem to defy the Third Law of Thermodynamics; the invention of a technique called electron thermal microscopy, which allows real-time tests of nanoscale devices in situ; and the discovery of a phenomenon dubbed "remote Joule heating." He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and the Clark School’s Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award.
July 5, 2015