Our People

Krishna Rajan, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Erich Bloch Chair and Empire Innovation Professor

Message from the Chair

Welcome to MDI! The Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) at the University at Buffalo is the first department in the nation conceived and established entirely for training a new generation of scientists and engineers in the methods of data driven materials discovery and design.

Our distinguished faculty are pioneering new methods in materials discovery to accelerate innovation by harnessing the tools of information science to experimental and theoretical studies of materials science and engineering. The department is committed to accelerating science-based solutions to solve pressing societal problems such as climate change and environmental sustainability.

We seek and enroll high achieving students from all backgrounds of science and engineering who are motivated to rapidly advance innovation in materials science that enhance human and social capital.

Faculty

  • William Bauer.
    William J. Bauer, PhD
    PhD, Structural Biology, University at Buffalo

    Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute

    700 Ellicott St.

    Phone: (716) 898-8620

    wbauer@hwi.buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor of Research
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute

    700 Ellicott St.

    Phone: (716) 898-8620

    wbauer@hwi.buffalo.edu

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    Scott Broderick, PhD
    PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University

    137 Bell Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-3395

    scottbro@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor of Research
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Research Topics: Materials informatics; Electronic structure calculations; Atom probe tomography; Combinatorial materials science

  • photo of Erik Einarsson.
    Erik Einarsson, PhD
    PhD, University of Tokyo

    113 D Davis Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-5089

    erikeina@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Department of Electrical Engineering
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Associate Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Specialty/Research Focus: Synthesis of low-dimensional materials such as graphene and single-walled carbon nanotubes; materials characterization; THz applications of nanoscale materials

  • photo of Quanxi Jia.
    Quanxi Jia, PhD
    PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University at Buffalo

    136 Bell Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-1157

    qxjia@buffalo.edu

    National Grid Professor of Materials Research
    Empire Innovation Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Scientific Director
    New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI)

    Research Topics: Thin film nanostructured multifunctional materials; heteroepitaxial growth and processing-structure-property relationship of thin films; synthesis, characterization, and application of nanostructured multifunctional materials; monolithic integration of thin film materials with complimentary functionalities for devices

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    Eaton Lattman, PhD
    PhD, Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University

    Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

    700 Ellicott Street

    Phone: (716) 898-8612

    eatonlat@buffalo.edu

    Emeritus Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Emeritus Professor
    Department of Structural Biology
    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    Research Topics: X-ray free-electron lasers in biological scattering; protein folding; development and improvement of methods in protein crystallography

    Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

    700 Ellicott Street

    Phone: (716) 898-8612

    eatonlat@buffalo.edu

  • B. Mazumder.
    Baishakhi Mazumder, PhD
    PhD, University of Rouen

    129 Bell Hall

    Phone: (716) 6451156

    baishakh@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Research Topics: Chemical imaging through atom probe tomography

  • Prathima Nalam.
    Prathima Nalam, PhD
    PhD, ETH Zurich

    128 Bell Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-9193

    prathima@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Research Topics: Tribology; soft mechanics; surface and interfacial forces; atomic force microscopy

  • photo of Bruce Pitman.
    E. Bruce Pitman, PhD
    PhD, Mathematics, Duke University

    123 Bell Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-0739

    pitman@buffalo.edu

    Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Research Topics: Mathematical modeling; high performance computing; model uncertainty and uncertainty quanti cation

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    Krishna Rajan, ScD
    ScD, Materials Science, MIT

    120 Bonner Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-1380

    krajan3@buffalo.edu

    Erich Bloch Chair
    Empire Innovation Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Research Topics: Materials informatics; Quantitative high resolution imaging; Atom probe tomography

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    Kristofer Reyes, PhD
    PhD, Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics, University of Michigan

    134 Bell Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-5159

    kreyes3@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Research Topics: Applied mathematics for computational chemistry and materials science; machine learning algorithms applied to materials science; kinetic Monte Carlo methods in materials simulation

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    Jung-Hun Seo, PhD
    PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    135 Bell Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-1881

    junghuns@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Research Topics: Development of next generation flexible electronics and optoelectronics; novel nano/micro fabrication processes for the future flexible and stretchable electronics; development and heterogeneous integration of novel low-dimension or ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors

  • Snell.
    Edward Snell, PhD
    PhD, Chemistry, University of Manchester

    Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

    700 Ellicott St.

    Phone: (716) 898-8631

    Fax: (716) 898-8660

    esnell@buffalo.edu

    Professor, Director of BioXFEL
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Senior Scientist, CEO of Hauptman-Woodward Medical Institute
    Department of Structural Biology
    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    Research Topics: Bioinformatics; Protein Function and Structure; Proteins and metalloenzymes; Structural Biology; X-ray Crystallography

    Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

    700 Ellicott St.

    Phone: (716) 898-8631

    Fax: (716) 898-8660

    esnell@buffalo.edu

  • Grace Wang.
    Grace Wang, PhD
    PhD, Northwestern University

    Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
    The State University of New York
  • Olga Wodo.
    Olga Wodo, PhD
    PhD, Czestochowa University of Technology

    125 Bell Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-1377

    olgawodo@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Research Topics: Informatics and high performance computing for materials design and manufacturing

  • Fei Yao.
    Fei Yao, PhD
    PhD, Sungkyunkwan University

    132 Bell Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-5403

    feiyao@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Materials Design and Innovation
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Research Topics: Nanomaterials and nanostructures for energy storage and conversion

Laboratory Directors

Shared Instrumentation Laboratories

Biodesign Core Facility

Staff

photo of Margie.

Margaret Poniatowski

Director of Administration

Department of Materials Design and Innovation

120 Bonner Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4351

Email: mmp28@buffalo.edu

Tianmu Zhang.

Tianmu Zhang

Laboratory Administrator

Department of Materials Design and Innovation

120B Bonner Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3452

Email: tzhang4@buffalo.edu

Research Staff and Visiting Scholars

Ruhil Dongol, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

Arpan Mukherjee, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

An Su, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

Logan Williams, PhD

MDI Industry Scholar Residence Program

Kaito Miyamoto, PhD
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America