Robert F. Davis is an emeritus professor of materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and a member of the Materials Research Society and TMS. He has won numerous awards including the ALCOA Distinguished Research Award, the ALCOA Award for Research Performance in a Given Year, the Alumni Research Award, the ORNL Excellence in Publications Award, the Richard M. Fulrath Memorial Award from the American Ceramic Society, the R.J.R. Reynolds Award, the Alexander Holladay Medal for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Outreach, the Japan Fine Ceramics Association 2006 International Prize, and the TMS John Bardeen Award for Research in Electronic Materials. He received the National Collegiate Inventor of the Year award for 1999. He has been a guest lecturer of the Troisiéme Cycle de la Physique en Suisse Romande.

Davis’ research interests include (i) growth and characterization of SiC, Ga2O3, GaN, AlN, and nitride alloy thin films and (ii) electronic device-related research including ion implantation, development of gate and field insulators and reactive plasma etching. He has edited or co-edited seven books, authored or co-authored more than 275 chapters in edited proceedings or in books, published more than 430 peer reviewed papers in archival journals, and given more than 170 invited presentations.

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1970 Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

1966 MS, Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

1964 BS, Ceramic Engineering, North Carolina State University

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Davis to retire after storied career in academia

MSE’s Robert Davis, who has been the John and Claire Bertucci Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering since 2004, will retire from the department in July 2022.

Materials Research Society

Davis named fellow of Materials Research Society

MSE’s Robert Davis has been named a fellow of the Materials Research Society.

CMU Engineering

Sensing danger in severe environments

MSE alumni Jason Gu and Jacob Melby and MSE Professor Bob Davis have developed a hydrogen sensor that can prevent catastrophic explosions in severe environments.