People

Leadership

Patrick Vora – Founding Member

Patrick Vora – Founding Member

QMC Director

Dr. Patrick Vora is the Director of  Quantum Materials Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy  at George Mason University. He got his Ph.D. in hard condensed matter physics from the University of Pennsylvania.  His research interests lie in experimental condensed matter, specifically on the properties of low dimensional materials and how these properties can be used to advance quantum computing.

Directors

Maria Emelianenko

Maria Emelianenko

QMC Acting Associate Director

Dr. Maria Emelianenko is an Acting Associate Director at the Quantum Materials Center and Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University.  She got her Ph.D. in Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests lie in multiscale mathematical modeling of complex physical and biological systems including but not limited to large-scale simulations and mesoscale models of crystal growth and mechanical deformation, microstructure-property relationships, phase diagram calculations and development of novel mathematical algorithms for understanding and controlling system behavior.

Jessica Rosenberg

Jessica Rosenberg

QMC Educational Director

Dr. Jessica Rosenberg is the Educational Director at the Quantum Materials Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at George Mason University. Her research interests lie in developing and studying programs designed to increase college student’s success in STEM, improving the environment for student learning in the college classroom, and developing new models for broadening the training of STEM graduate students.

Fangyu Cao

Fangyu Cao

QMC Assistant Director of Research Operations

Dr. Fangyu Cao is the Assistant Director of Research Operations for the Quantum Materials Center. He received his Ph.D. from in the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests lie in the synthesis and applications of materials in energy conversion and storage, desalination, and thermal management.

Faculty

John Robert Cressman

John Robert Cressman

Dr. John Robert Cressman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Science. His research has focused on investigating dynamical structures in driven systems with a specific interest in their role in the functions of the brain. Transient but long-lived correlated dynamics underlie innumerable biological processes, from the lifecycle of an organism to conscious thought and social behavior.

Feresteh Ghahari

Feresteh Ghahari

Dr. Feresteh Ghahari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at George Mason University. She received her PhD in experimental condensed matter physics from Columbia University. Her research interests lie in understanding quantum phenomena in low dimensional materials by combining nanofabrication, quantum transport and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) techniques.

Nirmal Ghimire

Nirmal Ghimire

Dr. Nirmal Ghimire is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. His research interests lie in discovering and understanding novel emergent phenomena in quantum materials via designing and synthesizing materials and measuring their magnetic and transport properties.

Dimitris Ioannou – Founding Member

Dimitris Ioannou – Founding Member

Dr. Dimitris Ioannou is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at George Mason University. His research interests lie in performance and reliability issues of SOI and bulk CMOS devices and circuits (radiation hardness, hot carriers, negative bias temperature instability, electrostatic discharge protection), and on non-classical (nano-scale) CMOS and the emerging field of nanoelectronics, including nanowire based non-volatile memory.

Pilgyu Kang – Founding Member

Pilgyu Kang – Founding Member

Dr. Pilgyu Kang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at George Mason University. His research interests lie in  mechanics  and  nanomanufacturing  of  atomically-thin  two-dimensional  (2D)  materials  such  as  graphene  and  MoS2  atomic  layers  for  flexible  optoelectronic  devices  and  integrated  Nano-Bio  Sensors, developing  resonant  optical  nanostructures  for  Nano-biotechnology, and Microfluidics  and  Interfacial  Sciences.

Qiliang Li – Founding Member

Qiliang Li – Founding Member

Dr. Qiliang Li is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University.  His research interests lie in semiconductor devices, topological insulators, nanomaterials, and intelligent sensors and systems.

Igor Mazin

Igor Mazin

Dr. Igor Mazin is an Research Professor in the Department of Physics at George Mason University. His research interests lie in electronic structure, conventional and unconventional superconductors, frustrated and nonvollinear magnetism, two-dimensional van-der-Waals systems.

Predrag Nikolic

Predrag Nikolic

Dr. Predrag Nikolic is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at George Mason University and Adjunct Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests lie in the physics of strongly correlated electrons and ultra-cold atoms, specifically on trying to understand the unconventional phases and phase transitions of many-body quantum systems, using mostly analytical methods of quantum field theory.

Karen Sauer – Founding Member

Karen Sauer – Founding Member

Dr. Karen Sauer is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at George Mason University. Her research interests lie in experimental atomic and molecular physics, with an emphasis on magnetic resonance phenomena, including quantum magnetometers and zero-field NMR.

Amarda Shehu

Amarda Shehu

Dr. Amarda Shehu is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at George Mason University. Her research interests lie in novel algorithms in artificial intelligence and machine learning to bridge between computer and information science, engineering, and the life sciences.

Ming Tian – Founding Member

Ming Tian – Founding Member

Dr. Ming Tian is an Associate Professor at George Mason University. Her research interests lie in quantum memory, quantum algorithms, quantum optics, optical coherent transient spectroscopy, and quantum information theory.

 

Alumni

James Glasbrenner – Founding Member

James Glasbrenner – Founding Member

James Glasbrenner is a Data Scientist of the MITRE Corporation. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computational and Data Sciences at George Mason University. Prior to joining the Mason faculty in 2016, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) through the National Research Council Research Associateship Program.

Erhai Zhao – Founding Member

Erhai Zhao – Founding Member

Dr. Erhai Zhao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at George Mason University. His research interests lie in condensed matter theory, correlated quantum materials, ultracold quantum gases, and other quantum many-body problems.

 

Students & Postdocs

Vora Group

  • Sean Oliver (Ph.D.)
  • Jaydeep Joshi (Ph.D.)
  • Jack Goggin (Undergrad)
  • Sam Yee (Undergrad)

Rosenberg Group

  • Kathryn Fernandez (Ph.D.)

Ghimire Group

  • Nishchal Thapa Magar (Ph.D.)
  • Maia Michel (Undergrad)

Kang Group

  • Seung Min Lee (Ph.D.)
  • Joseph Grant (Undergrad)
  • Farbod Moghaddam (Undergrad)

Li Group

  • Yaonian Li (Ph.D.)
  • Zhenyi Ye (Ph.D.)

Nikolic Group

  • Steve Keeling (Ph.D.)
  • Ryan Mays (Ph.D.)
  • Shahrzad Movafagh (Ph.D.)

Sauer Group

  • David Prescott (Research Professor)
  • Robert Cooper (Ph.D.)
  • Garrett Lee (Postgrad Researcher)
  • Jaafar Ansari (M.S.)
  • Daniel Rodriguez (Undergrad)

Shehu Group

  • Nasrin Akhter (Ph.D.)
  • Fardina Alam (Ph.D.)
  • Sivani Depal (Ph.D.)
  • Manpriya Dua (Ph.D.)
  • Kazi Lutful Kabir (Ph.D.)
  • Parastoo Kamranfar (Ph.D.)
  • Taseef Rahman (Ph.D.)
  • Ahmed Bin Zaman (Ph.D.)
  • Prasanna Venkatesh (M.S.)
  • Snehal Sambare (M.S.)
  • Laura Alvarez (Undergrad)
  • Mansour Faragall (Undergrad)
  • Carlos Guerra (Undergrad)

Zhao Group

  • Haiping Hu (Postdoc)
  • Ahmet Keyes (Postdoc)
  • James Bartlett (PhD student)
  • Christian McGuirk (Undergrad)