Student Awards & Achievements

Graduation, Spring 2016. Materials Professor Matthew Begley attending the ceremony to hood a graduating Ph.D. candidate. 

On the path of great achievement


Please join us in congratulating our most recent Materials Ph.D. graduates. 

Winter 2017

  • Alan Liu, Quantum Dot Lasers Epitaxially Grown on Silicon, advised by Prof. John Bowers

Fall 2016

  • Daniel Becerra, High Power High Efficiency Semipolar InGaN Light Emitting Devices for Solid State Lighting, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Michael Cantore, Laser Based Phosphor Converted Solid State White Light Emitters, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Chelsea Catania, Modifying Membrane Properties with Conjugated Oligoelectrolytes and Elucidating the Charge Transfer Mechanisms, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan
  • Leah Kuritzky, Epitaxy and Device Design for High Efficiency Blue LEDs and Laser Diodes, advised by Prof. James Speck and Prof. Claude Weisbuch
  • Chandra Macauley, Phase Equilibria and Toughness of Zirconia-Based Thermal Barrier Coatings, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Thomas Malkowski, High-Temperature Growth of Gallium Nitride Using the Ammonothermal Method with Ammonium Chloride Mineralizer, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Evgeny Mikheev, Tunable Dielectric Response, Resistive Switching, and Unconvention Transport in SrTiO3, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • Thomas Nizolek, Plastic Anisotropy and Kink Band Formation in Fine Grained Copper-Niobium Multilayers Produced by Accumulative Roll Bonding, advised by Prof. Tresa Pollock
  • Borzoyeh Shojaei, Antimonide-Based Compound Semiconductors for Quantum Computing, advised by Prof. Chris Palmstrøm
  • Benjamin Yonkee, Hybrid MOCVD/MBE III-Nitride Tunnel Junctions, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura

Historical record of UCSB Materials Ph.D. dissertations.

the future leaders today

The students in the Materials Department are driven to be the next leaders for tomorrow's materials. Helping them towards that goal are advisors and professors who direct the students towards opportunies to achieve recognition for exceptional research, scientific breakthroughs, and excellence in oral and written communication. The Department takes great pride in sharing the success stories of the achievements of the students. 

June 13, 2016 - Materials Ph.D. student Marissa Lafata receives International Symposium on Superalloys Scholarship. Please read more about the scholarship

May 25, 2016 - Materials Ph.D. student Tom Nizolek was awarded the Angew National Security Fellowship. Please read more about the award and Tom's future plans

May 10, 2016 - Materials Ph.D. students led diversity symposium at TMS 2016 Conference. Please read about the diversity leadership of Wennie, Natalie, and David

May 2, 2016 - Congratulations to our Winter 2016 Materials Ph.D. graduates! Please read more here.  

April 1, 2016 - Three Ph.D. students awarded NSF Graduate Student Fellowships and two received Honorable Mentions. Please read more here

Please read all of our student achievement stories