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  • Fitz-Gerald, J.M.

    Associate Professor

    James M. Fitz-Gerald (Jim) is an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida in 1998 followed by post-doctoral studies at the Naval Research Laboratory. At this time he is a co-author on over 90 refereed journal and...

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  • Gomez III, Jose Pantaleon


    I was most recently the Director of Research for the Virginia Transportation Research Council, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s research division. I first joined the Research Council in June of 1992 as a Research Scientist and spent 9 years conducting applied research and technical...

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  • Gupta, Mool C.

    Langley Professor

    Professor Gupta is currently a Langley Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas at the University of Virginia. Previously, he was Director of the Applied Research Center, Program Director for...

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  • Hopkins, Patrick E.

    Professor, MAE Graduate Director

    Patrick is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at U.Va. Patrick received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2008, following a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Physics at U.Va. in 2004. He spent 3...

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  • Ihlefeld, Jon

    Associate Professor

    Jon Ihlefeld is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments at the University of Virginia. He joined UVa in 2017 following a career at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM where he held positions of Senior,...

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  • Zhigilei, Leonid V.

    Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Academic advisor to MSE students in the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program

    Leonid Zhigilei is a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Virginia. He studied materials science at Leningrad Polytechnic Institute and did his PhD dissertation work at Tomsk State University and St. Petersburg State University, Russia. Before joining the faculty...

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