Lisa Porter received her Ph.D. and B.S. in materials science and engineering from N.C. State University and Cornell University, respectively. She serves as a research and academic advisor to both graduate and undergraduate students and is actively involved in several outreach activities and societies. She was the 2018 president of the American Vacuum Society (AVS), an international society pertaining to the Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing. She recently served as the Conference Chair for the Electronic Materials Conference. Her awards include the N.C. State MSE Alumni Hall of Fame (2018), the Philbrook Prize in Engineering from CMU (2012), the “Women Driving the Material World” Award from the Women & Girls Foundation (2006), a National Science Foundation Career Award (1999-2004), and a National Swedish Foundation Visiting Professorship (2000-2002).

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1994 Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University

1989 BS, Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University

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Materials Science and Engineering

Exploring alternatives to silicon semiconductors

Researchers in the Materials Science and Engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University are exploring ways to produce gallium oxide semiconducting films and their structural properties

CMU Engineering

Lisa Porter to lead Faculty and Graduate Affairs

Lisa Porter has been named the next Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs in the College of Engineering.

CMU Engineering

Lab work makes for easier class work

Terry Feng says his research experience gave him an edge in working with the tools and equipment he used in his materials science courses—particularly in using the scanning electron microscope to study material properties of the gallium oxide films he grew in Lisa Porter’s lab.

Porter elected 2021 AVS fellow

MSE’s Lisa Porter has been elected as a 2021 AVS Fellow.

Scott Institute

Scott Institute announces seed grants

Funding from the Scott Institute will stimulate new research initiatives ranging from developing a tool that can help people assess the climate risks of hydroelectric projects globally to finding a way to produce semiconductors economically for use in ultra-high efficiency power electronic devices.

American Vacuum Society

Lisa Porter named new president of AVS

This year, MSE’s Lisa Porter began her tenure as the president of the American Vacuum Society (AVS).

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.

Porter elected 2018 President of AVS

MSE Professor Lisa Porter was elected 2018 President of AVS.