Faculty and Staff

Program Director
Email: Steve.Smith@sdsmt.edu
Phone: (605) 394-5268
Office: EP 220 / Nano
B.S., Michigan Technological University
M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Email: Phil.Ahrenkiel@sdsmt.edu
Phone: (605) 394-5238
Office: EP 221 / Nano
B.S., University of Colorado
M.S., Colorado School of Mines
Ph.D., University of Colorado
Assistant Professor
Email: Robert.Anderson@sdsmt.edu
Phone: 605-394-2539
Office: EP235
B.S., South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
M.S., South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Ph.D., South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Assistant Professor
Email: Scott.Wood@sdsmt.edu
Phone: 605-394-5268
Office: EP 235
B.S., Texas Tech University
M.S., Clemson University
Ph.D., Clemson University

Additional Information on Participants:

Current participants in the Nano PhD program draw from the departments of: Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. A list of faculty currently active in the Nano SE PhD program and nanotechnology research is given below:

Dr. S. P. Ahrenkiel, Associate Professor of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering; Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder; High resolution TEM microscopy and diffraction methods, energy and nano materials. Group website

Dr. Dimitrios E. Anagnostou; Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D., University of New Mexico. Reconfigurable, planar and flexible antennas and RF devices. Synthesis of EM structures using Neural Network techniques. Group website

Dr. D. Boyles, Professor of Chemistry; Ph.D., Purdue University; Synthetic organic chemistry, isolation, synthesis, modification of natural products, medicinal chemistry, synthesis of plant growth regulators, synthesis of conjugated polymers, supramolecular assembly, monomer and polymer synthesis.

Dr. R. Corey, Professor of Physics; Ph.D. Washington University, St. Louis; Experimental condensed matter physics, solid State NMR, characterization of electronic and magnetic materials.

Dr. W. Cross, Associate Professor of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering; Ph.D. University of Utah, Composite materials, nano inks materials.

Dr. Hao Fong, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Ph.D. University of Akron, Nano-scaled polymer, ceramic and carbon/graphite fibers and their applications. Group website

Dr. Haiping Hong, Research Scientist IV; Ph.D. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Carbon nanotube based composites, nanofluids, nanogrease.

Dr. A. Petukhov, Professor of Physics; Ph.D. St. Petersburg Technical University, Condensed matter theory, semiconductors and spintronic devices. Faculty webpage

Dr. J. Kellar, Professor of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering; Ph.D., University of Utah; Nano- materials, characterization of composite materials.

Dr. Lidvin Kjerentgroen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., University of Arizona.

Dr. J. A. Puszynski, Professor of Chemical Engineering; Ph.D., Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague; Synthesis and processing of ceramics, combustion synthesis, reaction engineering, kinetics of heterogeneous reactions, mathematical modeling. Group website

Dr. S. Smith, Professor and Director of Nano Science and Engineering; Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Energy and time-resolved nanoscale optical spectroscopy, electronic and photonic properties of nano- and energy-materials. Group website

Dr. David Salem, Professor of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering; Chemical and Biological Engineering, Director of Composites and Polymer Engineering (CAPE) Laboratory ; Ph.D., University of Manchester; Polymer processing and nanocomposites. CAPE web site

Dr. Vladimir Sobolev, Professor of Physics; Ph.D., The Kharkov State University, Ukraine; Properties of ferroelectric, magnetic, semiconducting, and high-temperature superconducting materials (bulk, thin films, and nanosize particles), magnetic resonance, magneto-optic investigations of magnetic films, acoustic measurements.

Dr. Michael West, Associate Professor and Head of Materials and Metalurgical Engineering; Ph.D., The University of Tennessee; Friction Stir Welding

Dr. K. Whites, Steven P. Miller Endowed Chair and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Artificial electromagnetic materials; high impedance surfaces; ultra-wideband antennas and wireless communications; space-based gossamer antennas; solar sails and electromagnetic sailcraft; RF and microwave circuits; computational electromagnetics. Faculty webpage

Dr. Haeyeon Yang, Associate Professor of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering; Ph.D. Brown University. Molecular Beam Epitaxy of III-V semiconductor nanostructures, scanning tunneling microscopy. Group web site

Dr. Zhengtao Zhu, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Ph.D. SUNY Binghamton. Nano imprinting and lithography. Group web site