Meet Our Newest Faculty

August 27, 2012

The department was thrilled to welcome three new faculty members in August. Read more about the interests and achievements of these distinguished researchers by clicking through to their biographies on our website.

Jennifer Cha, Norviel Associate Professor. Previously an Assistant Professor of Nanoengineering at the University of California San Diego, Jennifer researches the design, synthesis, and integration of biomolecular materials for nanoscience. She holds a BS in cell biology from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Materials Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara.
Andrew Goodwin, Assistant Professor. Previously an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Nanoengineering at UC San Diego, Andrew's research focuses on designing "smart" colloids and materials that can sense their surroundings and change their physical properties accordingly. Andrew holds a BA in Chemistry from Columbia University in New York and a PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley.

Prashant Nagpal, Assistant Professor. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2009 at the University of Minnesota and did postdoctoral research at the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prashant's research focuses on development of novel nanostructured building blocks for nano-optics and electronics, self-assembled nanoparticle assemblies, and nanoparticle inks for understanding fundamental interactions between electromagnetic waves, and for applications in renewable energy and biological sensing.