People & Expertise

RTNN Directors

jacob-jonesRTNN Director & NC State Site Director:
Jacob Jones, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
North Carolina State University
Email: jacobjones@ncsu.edu
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thumb_image_5449272Duke Site Director:
Nan Jokerst, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Duke University
Email: nan.jokerst@duke.edu
Research Profile

james-cahoonUNC Site Director:

Jim Cahoon, Department of Chemistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Email: jfcahoon@unc.edu
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david-berubeSEIN Coordinator:
David Berube, Department of Communications
North Carolina State University
Email: dmberube@ncsu.edu
Research Profile

Executive Committee

External Advisory Board

  • Tony Atti (CEO, Phononic)
  • Joe Campbell (University of Virginia)
  • Liana Fryer (Research Triangle Institute – RTI)
  • John Hardin (NC Dept of Commerce)
  • Caesar Jackson (NC Central University)
  • Joe Magno (NC Center of Innovation Network – COIN)
  • Veena Misra (Director of NSF ERC ASSIST, NC State)
  • John Prater (Army Research Office)
  • Kathy Zarilla (Durham Technical Community College)

RTNN Staff

Ekaterina Bogomoletc, SEIN (ebogomo@ncsu.edu) Ekaterina is a first-year student in the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media doctoral program at NC State. With her background in journalism and public relations, Ekaterina focuses on studying mass media. More specifically, she seeks to find out how mass media change public opinion and human behavior.
cuchiara-maudeMaude Cuchiara, RTNN Manager (maude_cuchiara@ncsu.edu)
Maude manages the RTNN and serves in a variety of roles to ensure RTNN’s success. She facilitates all client interactions with RTNN as well as communicates RTNN news, information, and events to relevant stakeholders. In addition, she coordinates the educational arm of RTNN by planning and implementing workshops, conferences, and outreach activities. She holds her Ph.D. in Bioengineering.
BeLeddaDixonBe’Ledda Dixon, Support Staff (be’ledda.dixon@duke.edu)
Program Coordinator for SMIF, Be’Ledda coordinates educational and outreach activities for SMIF.  She provides administrative support to SMIF’s users and assists the SMIF Director in managing the business and financial functions. Ms. Dixon has a B.S degree in Business Administration and was a program coordinator in the Center of Educational Excellence, Office of Continuing Medical Education at Duke University prior to joining SMIF in 2016.
donley-carrieCarrie Donley, Technical Staff (cdonley@email.unc.edu)
The director of CHANL, Carrie oversees all CHANL activities, trains new users on the XPS and AFM, advises users on sample characterization, and helps to organize workshops and outreach events.  Dr. Donley holds her Ph.D. in Chemistry and has worked in both academic and industry settings.
geil-bobBob Geil, Technical Staff (bob.geil@unc.edu)
A staff member at CHANL, Bob trains new users on fabrication related equipment in CHANL, advises users on fabrication strategies to achieve their device goals, and helps to organize workshops and outreach events.  Dr. Geil holds his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.
Atilla Hallsby, SEIN (gthallsb@ncsu.edu)
A lecturer of Communication Studies, Atilla’s current research focuses upon the public communication of science with emphasis on algorithms, cyber-security, and predictive analytics.  His Ph.D. background is in rhetorical studies, and emphasizes how established patterns of speech enter public discourse through emergent digital technologies. He is currently finalizing his book manuscript and teaches courses in public speaking, argumentation, and communication ethics.
Randall Hammond, SEIN (rahammon@ncsu.edu)
Randall Hammond is a second-year student in the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media doctoral program at NC State. His work includes a focus on the use of video games for STEM education and outreach, especially to reach underserved populations.
johnson_brienneBrienne Johnson, Graduate Student Staff (bsjohns5@ncsu.edu)
A Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering, Brienne assists users with XRD and SEM characterization as a part of the RTNN Peer-to-Peer Networking Program.

Holly Leddy, Technical Staff (holly.leddy@duke.edu) HollyLeddy
R&D and Outreach Engineer for SMIF, Holly trains new users on AFM, Raman, and SEM equipment in SMIF.  She advises users on biomedical related projects and manages and implements educational and outreach activities.  Dr. Leddy has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and worked as a researcher studying mechanobiology and arthritis at Duke University Medical Center prior to joining SMIF in 2016.

mckenas_catherineCatherine McKenas, Graduate Student Staff (cmckenas@live.unc.edu)
A Ph.D. student in Chemistry, Catherine assists users with SEM imaging, XPS data acquisition, and helps with our outreach programs as a part of the RTNN Peer-to-Peer Networking Program.
Michelle Gignac Plue, Technical Staff (michelle.gignac@duke.edu)
Team Leader of Characterization and Imaging for SMIF, Michelle trains new users on SEM, TEM and SAXS equipment in SMIF.  She advises users on electron microscopy and sample preparation strategies.  Ms. Plue holds a MS degree in Biomedical Science and was previously employed by the National Cancer Institute before joining Duke University in 2007.
smiddy-nicoleNicole Smiddy, Graduate Student Staff (nsmiddy@live.unc.edu)
A Ph.D. student in Chemistry, Nicole assists users with SEM imaging, XPS data acquisition, and helps with our outreach programs as a part of the RTNN Peer-to-Peer Networking Program.
strader-phillipPhillip Strader, Project Scientist (pmstrade@ncsu.edu)
Phillip coordinates and facilitates research and development through the RTNN utilizing the shared capabilities at the College of Textiles at N.C. State.  Mr. Strader holds a M.S. in Textiles and served as a research assistant at the Nonwovens Institute prior to joining RTNN in 2016.
Ttyler-talmagealmage Tyler, Technical Staff (talmage.tyler@duke.edu)
Team Leader of Cleanroom Fabrication for SMIF, Talmage advises users on fabrication strategies to achieve their goals, and provides training and consultation on Electron Beam Lithography and Photolithography.  Dr. Tyler holds a PhD in Materials Science and led research programs at a small company prior to joining Duke University in 2008.
Mark Walters, Technical Staff (mark.walters@duke.edu)
The Director of SMIF, Mark manages the operations, administration and finances of SMIF. He trains new users on the XPS and XRD, and advises users on nano/micro fabrication and imaging and characterization of samples.  Dr. Walters holds a PhD in Materials Science and has over 30 years experience in cleanroom fabrication and materials characterization in both industry and academia.

 

Jun YanJun Yan, Technical Staff (junyan@email.unc.edu)
A staff member at CHANL, Jun trains new users on fabrication related equipment in CHANL, advises users on fabrication strategies to achieve their device goals, and helps to organize workshops and outreach events. Dr. Yan holds his PhD in Chemical Engineering.

 

For information on our Peer-to-Peer Networking Program, please contact rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu directly.


Principal Faculty Experts

Over 100 faculty members from the 3 partner universities support the development of new processes, tools, and instrumentation within the RTNN community. Our faculty affiliates have deep expertise across a broad array of topics in the following 6 emerging areas of nanotechnology research.


 RTNN Partners

The RTNN has developed strategic partnerships with the following entities in order to develop innovative programming and expand the breadth and reach of our technical capabilities: