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LaBella Group
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(left to right) Steven Gassner, Jack Rogers, Vincent LaBella, Dan Pennock, Weslty Nolting
December 18, 2017

Members

Vincent LaBella
Professor (APS Fellow)
Ph.D. Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, (1998)
vlabella@sunypoly.edu
518 437 8673
Vincent LaBella is a Professor of Nanoscale Science at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Physics from Rutgers University in 1993. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1998 under the advisement of Professor Leo Schowalter and Carl Ventrice, Jr. in the fields of silicon MBE, scanning probes, and hot electron transport. He did a post-doc for 4 years at the University of Arkansas working with Paul Thibado in the fields of III-V MBE growth, surface science, and spintronics. In September of 2002 he joined the faculty at the University at Albany - SUNY in the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. He was awarded the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) Distinguished Professor Award in 2002 and The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award from the National Science Foundation in 2004. In 2014 he was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society for his pioneering work involving classroom response systems (clickers). In 2015 he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and given numerous talks and invited presentations. His current research is focused on visualizing the electrostatic barrier at the interface between materials to nanoscale dimensions in materials that have high technological impact.
Westly Nolting
Graduate Student (Ph.D. Nanoscale Science)
Ph.D. Nanoscale Science
wnolting@albany.edu
Westly Nolting received his B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Applied Physics at the University of New Orleans in 2012. He joined the group in the Summer of 2012 and is currently working on obtaining a Ph.D in Nanoscale Science at the University at Albany-SUNY, in the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. His research is focused on spin transport measurements in transition metals and device characterization.
Steven Gassner
Undergraduate Student
sgassner@sunypoly.edu
 
Jack Rogers
Graduate Student
jrogers@sunypoly.edu
 
Dan Pennock
Undergraduate Student
dpennock@sunypoly.edu
 

Alumni

Woo-Sup Park
Undergraduate Summer Intern - 2008 (B.S. Nanotechnology)
Woo-Sup Park is pursuing a BS in Nanotechnology The University of Waterloo. His work here focused on theoretically calculating conductance curves for tunneling through thin oxides for our spin injection work.
Russell Sterrett
Undergraduate Summer Intern - 2007 (B.S. Nanotechnology)
Russell Sterrett is pursuing a BS in Nanotechnology The University of Waterloo. His work here focused on developing a low temperature current-voltage measurement apparatus for Schottky diodes.
Robert Balsano
Graduate Student (Ph.D. Nanoscale Science)
Ph.D. Nanoscale Science
Robert Balsano received a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from Bingamton University in 2010. He joined the group in fall 2010 and is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University at Albany-SUNY, in The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. His research is focused on hot electron transport studies of metal semiconductor interfaces using ballistic electron emmission microscopy.
Qa'id Foulks
Undergraduate Summer Intern - 2006 (B.S. Mechanical Engineer)
Qa`id Foulks is currently a senior undergraduate attending Clarkson University. He is pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering with minor in Mathematics.
Peter Chan
Undergraduate Summer Intern
Peter worked in the group during the summer of 2003 as part of the CNSE's undergraduate intern program after completing his senior year at Union college. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at Columbia.
Mike Krause
Post-Doc
Ph.D. Physics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (2003)
Michael Krause finished his course of studies in physics and mathematics at the University of Erlangen in 1998 with a thesis about applications of radiocarbon dating. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Erlangen in 2003 under the advisement of Professor Klaus Heinz in the fields of silicide formation, scanning probes and low energy electron diffraction. He did a post-doc at the Department of Solid State Physics, University of Erlangen, in the fields of magnetic films on metal surfaces and structural investigation of binary alloys. He worked in the group for 2 years as a post-doc from Feb. 2004 to Feb. 2006. He is now working as a research scientist at Thomson Corporate Research in Germany.
Martin Bolduc
Post Doc
Ph.D. Material Science, INRS-EMT Canada, (2003)
Martin Bolduc received a B.Sc. in Physics from UQTR, Quebec in 1998. He received a Ph.D. in Materials Science from INRS, Quebec in 2003 under the advisement of Professor Bernard Terreault in the fields of plasma source ion implantation and nanotribology. Martin worked as a post-doc fellow from NSERC of Canada from 2003 to July 2005, in the fields of ferromagnetic ion implanted semiconductors and spintronics. He is currently working for Tekna Plasma Systems Inc. in Sherbrooke Canada.
Mark Licurse
Undergraduate Summer Intern - 2005 (B.S. Materials Science, U. Penn)
Mark worked in the group during the summer of 2005 as part of the CNSE's undergraduate intern program he is currently an undergraduate material science major from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lexa Vreslovick
High School Student Intern
Lexa is a high school student who is attending The School of Holy Names and is interested in learning more about quantum mechanics and the operation of the STM.
Josh Hancox
High School Intern
Josh worked in the group during the summer of 2004 as part of the City of Albany’s Career Exploration Institute.
Joseph Abel
Graduate Student (Ph.D. Nanoscale Science)
Ph.D. Nanoscale Science
Joseph Abel received a B.S. in Physics from Utah State University in Logan, UT in May 2007. He is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University at Albany-SUNY, in The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. His research is focused on spin relaxation in epitaxial graphene using non-local spin detection. Joe is currently working for Intel in Portland Oregon.
John Garramone
Graduate Student (Ph.D. Nanoscale Science)
Ph.D. Nanoscale Science
John Garramone received a B.S. in Physics from the State University of New York in Oswego in May 2006. He joined the group in fall 2006 and is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University at Albany-SUNY, in The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
Joel Leibo
High School Intern
Joel worked in the group during the summer of 2004 as part of the City of Albany’s Career Exploration Institute.
Joanna Belding
High School Intern
Joanna was an Albany High student who did an internship for one semester learning how to see atoms on surfaces. Joanna is pursing a degree in New Media at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jason Reed
Undergraduate Summer Intern
Jason worked in the group during the summer of 2004 as part of the CNSE's undergraduate intern program after completing his freshman year at Cornell. He is currently an undergraduate at Cornell.
Jason LaBella
Undergraduate Summer Intern
Jason worked in the group during the summer of 2003 as part of the CNSE's undergraduate intern program after completing his junior year at The Rose Hulman Institute. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at The Rose Hulman Institute.
Jake Mower
Undergraduate Summer Intern - 2009 (B.S. Engineering Physics)
Jacob Mower received a B.S. with Thesis in Engineering Physics from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He will be entering Columbia University in the Fall of 2009 to pursue a PhD in Electrical Engineering, researching silicon photonic devices. His work this summer focuses on designing and constructing a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer for the micro-magnetic characterization of spintronic devices. He will also be aiding in the electrical characterization and microfabrication of these devices.
Ilona Sitnitsky
Graduate Student, M.S. Nanoscale Science (2010)
M.S. Nanoscale Science
Ilona L. Sitnitsky received a B.S in Physics, B.A in Mathematics and a Minor in Chemistry from State University of New York in Plattsburgh in May 2007. In 2006 she worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory, NSLS, analyzing chemical and mineralogical composition of Comet Wild 2 collected by NASA's Stardust mission using a Synchrotron based hard X-Ray beam. Her MS research focused on scanning tunneling microscopy, ballistic electron emission microscopy, and scanning capacitance microscopy on a joint NIST-SEMATECH project looking at ultra shallow junctions. She is currently working at Texas Instruments.
Evan Spadafora
Graduate Student, MS Nanoscale Science (2008)
M.S. Nanoscale Science
Evan Spadafora received a B.S. in Physics from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh in May 2006. He joined the group in fall 2006 and received a MS degree in Nanoscale Science at the University at Albany-SUNY, in The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. He is currently working for IBM in Yorktown Heights NY.
David Idell
Undergraduate Student, B.S. Physics and Computer Science (2008)
B.S. Physics and Mathematics
Dave is an undergraduate physics and computer science dual major at UAlbany. Dave graduated in May 2008 and is currently working for The Computer Science Corporation.
Chris Penalver
Undergraduate Student
B.S. Physics and Mathematics (2006)
Chris is a senior, undergraduate at the State University of New York at Albany. He is currently pursuing a Physics B.S. and a Mathematics B.S. His summer 2006 research project entails creating TRIM (Transport of Ions in Matter) monte carlo simulations for Mn implanted Si, at different doses and annealing temperatures, to simulate the Mn and point defect depth profile. These simulations will then be compared with results from Rutherford Backscattering and ion-channeling experiments.
Chris Durcan
Graduate Student
Ph.D. Nanoscale Science (May 2016)
Christopher Durcan received his B.S. in Physics at James Madison University in 2011. He joined the group in the Spring of 2013 and is currently working on obtaining a Ph.D in Nanoscale Science at the University at Albany-SUNY, in the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. His research is focused on hot electron transport through thin metal films and metal semiconductor interfaces using Ballistic Electron Emission Microscopy.
Chenglin Zheng
Undergraduate Summer Intern
Chenglin worked in the group during the summer of 2003 as part of the CNSE's undergraduate intern program after completing her senior year at Union college. She is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Minnesota.
Chaffra Awo-Affouda
Graduate Student
Ph.D. Nanoscale Science (2007)
Chaffra Awo-Affouda received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from E.S.I.G.ELEC (engineering school) in Normandy, France in 2001. The same year he also received a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Union College, NY, where he was an exchange student. He earned his Ph.D. in May 2007 . His thesis focused on the synthesis of a new silicon based ferromagnetic semiconductor for spintronic applications. He is currently working as a post-doc at the Naval Research Laboratory in the Magnetoelectronic Materials and Devices section.
Benjamin Maclean
Undergraduate Student
Ben was an undergraduate student from the Netherlands who did an internship with us from Jan to Aug. 2004.
Avyaya Jayanthinarasimham
Graduate Student (Ph.D. Nanoscale Science)
Ph.D. Nanoscale Science (May 2017)
Avyaya Jayanthinarasimham joined the group in spring 2012 and is working on his Ph.D. at the University at Albany-SUNY, in The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. He has a masters degree in industrial chemistry from IT-BHU in India. His thesis was focused on spin orbit torque in beta tungsten.
Andrew Stollenwerk
Graduate Student
Ph.D. Nanoscale Science (2007)
Andrew Stollenwerk received a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Mathematics and Statistics from Miami University Oxford, Ohio in 2002. He received his M.Sc. in Physics from the University at Albany-SUNY in 2004. He earned his Ph.D. in August 2007. His thesis focused on studying the spin dependent transport of hot electrons through ferromagnetic-metal/semiconductor interfaces using a newly invented spin polarized ballistic electron emission microscopy technique. He is currently ans Assitant Professor in the Physics Department at the Universtiy of Northern Iowa.
Akitomo Matsubayashi
Graduate Student (Ph.D. Nanoscale Science)
Ph.D. Nanoscale Science
Akitomo Matsubayashi joined the group in spring 2010 and is working on his Ph.D. at the University at Albany-SUNY, in The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. He has a bachelors dregee in materials engineering from Nagoya Institute of Technology. His research is focused on spin relaxation in CVD graphene using non-local spin detection.