Rachel S. Goldman



2094 H.H. Dow Building

T: (734) 647-6821







B.S. (Physics), University of Michigan, 1988
M.S. (Applied Physics), Cornell University, 1992
Ph.D. (Materials Science), University of California, San Diego, 1995


Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Physics

Associate Director, Applied Physics

Education Director, Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials



In recent years, sophisticated techniques have been developed for the epitaxial growth of a variety of materials which have promising electronic, opto-electronic, and magnetic device applications. In most cases, processes occurring during growth and subsequent processing determine the ultimate structural and device properties. The important length scales over which structure limits device properties generally include the Fermi wavelength and film thickness, which range from 5 to 1000Å.


  • Internship, Thomson CSF, Laboratoire Central de Recherches, Orsay, France (1988)
  • Teaching Assistant, School of Applied & Engineering Physics, Cornell University (1988-89)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University (1989-1992)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego (1992-1995)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University (1995-96)
  • Dow Corning Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan (1997-1999)
  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan (2000-2003)
  • Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan (2003-2007)
  • Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan (2004-2007)
  • Associate Professor of Physics, University of Michigan (2007)
  • Augustus Anson Whitney Fellow, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study and Division of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Harvard University (2005-2006)
  • Professor of MSE, EECS, and Physics (2008-present)



  • Dow Corning Assistant Professorship (1997-1999)
  • Best Poster Award, AVS-MI Spring Symposium (1998, 2000, 2008, 2009)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1998-2003)
  • University of Michigan Career Development Award (1999)
  • Best Poster Award, Meeting of the Materials Research Society (Sp-2000, F-2010)
  • Peter Mark Memorial Award, American Vacuum Society (presented to a young scientist or engineer for outstanding theoretical or experimental work) Citation: “for contributions to the fundamental understanding of strain relaxation, alloy formation, diffusion, and the correlations among microstructure, electronic, and optical properties” (2002)
  • Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award, UM (2004)
  • Radcliffe Faculty Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard University (2005-2006)
  • UM Faculty Fellowship Enhancement Award (2005)
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (2008)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, UM MSE (2010) 
  • Monroe-‐Brown Foundation Service Excellence Award, UM (2011)
  • Fellow, American Vacuum Society (2012)
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (2012)
  • Sweetland Senior Fellow, UM (2014)



  • Associate Editor, J. Electronic Materials (2002-present); J. Vacuum Science and Technology (2001-2006)
  • Editorial Board, MRS News (2012-present)
  • Volume Organizer, MRS Bulletin (2008)
  • Guest Editor, J. Vacuum Science & Technology B (May/June 1999); Thin Solid Films (March 2000)
  • Reviewer: Science, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Nano Letters, Nature, Nature Communications, Solid State Electronics, Surface Science, Thin Solid Films, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A/B, Micron, Journal of Chemical Physics, J. Crystal Growth, J. Alloys & Compounds, J. Electronic Materials, Applied Physics A

Invited Workshops

  • Materials Education Workshop, Arlington, VA, September 17-19, 2008
  • Discussion Leader, Gordon Research Conference on Defects in Semiconductors (2008, 2012)
  • Workshop on Gender Equity in MSE, College Park, MD, May 18-20, 2008
  • NSF-NIST Workshop on Reliability Issues in Nanomaterials, Boulder, CO, Aug. 2004; Aug. 14-16, 2007
  • First U.S.-China Workshop on Nanotechnology (May 17-19, 2004) 
  • Nat. Nanotechnology Initiative Interagency Grand Challenge Workshop: Instrumentation & Metrology 1/04
  • ONR Workshop: “Workshop on Narrow Gap Nitrides”, ONR Workshop, Singapore, 10/01
  • DARPA Pre-BAA Meeting: “SPINS in Semiconductors”, Santa Barbara, CA, 1/00
  • NSF Workshop “New Century Scholars: Teaching Learning, and Your Academic Career”, Stanford, 8/98
  • NSF Focus Group on Proposal Review, MRS Spring 1997 Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 1, 1997

Proposal Review Panels (Federal and Other Agencies)

  • NSF Graduate Fellowship Virtual Panel, 2014
  • DOE Review of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory, 9/13
  • DOE Sun Shot Review Panel (Washington D.C.), 5/2013
  • DOE-BES Committee of Visitors, 2012
  • NREL EFRC Advisory Committee, 2011-2013
  • Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP), Level II Review Panel, 4/12
  • DOE High Impact Supply Chain R&D for PV Review Panel (Washington DC): 10/26-10/28/10
  • DOE-BES, LBNL, Division of Materials Sciences Review Panel (Berkeley CA): 1/13-1/15/10
  • DOE National Laboratory Call for Foundational PV Review Panel (Golden CO) : 7/29-7/30/09
  • NSF-DMR (MRSECs, NSECs, and STCs) Fellowships Panel (Arlington VA): 7/20-7/21/09
  • NSF unsolicited proposals review panels:  CMMI (1/08, 5/6/09; 5/17/12); CMP (4/10); EMPD (10/11)
  • Peer Review Team, U.S. DOE Solid State Lighting Program, Washington, D.C. June 11-15, 2007
  • AAAS Site Review Team, New Mexico NSF-EPSCOR, Albuquerque, NM, April 3, 2006
  • Internal Site Review Team, Harvard University NSEC, Cambridge, MA, May 27, 2005
  • NSF-NIST Workshop on Reliability Issues in Nanomaterials, Boulder, Colorado, August 17-19, 2004.
  • First U.S.-China Workshop on Nanotechnology (May 17-19, 2004)
  • National Nanotechnology Initiative Interagency Grand Challenge Workshop on Instrumentation and Metrology 1/04
  • Site Review Team, U-Wisconsin MRSEC, Madison, Wisconsin, October 8-9, 2003
  • NSF-CAREER Review Panels: CMMI (11/24/03, 10/5/07); CBET (10/5/09); EMPD (10/8/02)
  • DOE Review: “High Performance Photovoltaics I: Identifying Critical Paths”, Denver, CO, 7/02
  • NSF-MRI Review Panel, Processing and MOCVD, DMR, Arlington VA, May 13, 1998
  • Proposal Review: NSF-DMR, NSF-ENG, DOE-BES, DOE-EERE (lighting, PV), ARO; Energy Innovations Small Grants (California Energy Commission), Research Corporation; Petroleum Research Fund (American Chemical Society); Science Foundation Arizona; Penn State University (MRSEC pre-proposals); Ohio University; U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation; German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development; Israeli Science Foundation; University Grants Committee (Hong Kong)

National and International Societies

AVS The Science & Technology Society

  • Trustee (2009-2012)
  • Board of Directors (2005-2008)
  • Electronic Materials & Processing Division (Chair, Vice-Chair) (2002-2004)
  • Chair, AVS Web Committee (2006-2008)
  • Program Chair: North American Conference on Molecular Beam Epitaxy (2011); Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Semiconductor Interfaces (2008)

Materials Research Society

  • MRS News Editorial Board (2012-present)
  • MRS Bulletin Volume Organizer (2006-2008)
  • Symposium Organizer, “Self-Organized Processes in Semiconductor Heteroepitaxy” (F-2003);  “Growth Instabilities and Decomposition During Heteroepitaxy” (F-1998)
  • Program Committee, International Workshop on Nitride Semiconductors (2004)
  • Publications Committee; Bound Volumes Subcommitee (1998-2003)

The Minerals, Metals and Materials (TMS) Society

  • John Bardeen Award Committee (2006-2009)
  • Electronic Materials Committee (2003-2009)
  • Invited Organizer, Electronic Materials Conference (2002-2003; 2010-present)

American Physical Society

  • Advisory Committee for the Topical Group on Energy Research (2009)
  • Member-at-Large, Forum on Industrial & Applied Physics (2007-2010)
  • Focused Session Organizer: “Solar Energy” (DMP/FIAP, 2007); “Dilute Nitride Semiconductors: From Atoms to Devices” (FIAP, 2005); "Nanometer-scale Morphologies of Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films" (DMP, 2001)

Major University Service


  • Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, University of Michigan, 2010-2013
  • Associate Director, Applied Physics Program, University of Michigan, 2010-2016
  • Provost’s Capital Projects Review Committee, 2010-2013
  • General Counsel’s Advisory Committee, 2010-2016
  • Student Relations Advisory Committee, 2010-2013
  • Executive Committee, Applied Physics Program, University of Michigan, 2002-2005 (ex-officio 2006-2010)
  • UM Goldwater/Astronaut Nomination Committee (2013 - present)
  • Upper Level Writing Prize Committee, UM (2014).
  • Faculty Advisory Committee, UM Nano Science and Engineering Initiative, 2004
  • Academic Senate Assembly, University of Michigan, 2002-2005
  • Rackham Divisional Board, University of Michigan, 2003-2005
  • Referee: OVPR Proposals; Rackham Grants & Fellowships , 2003-present
  • Faculty Advisor, Leadership Connection, 1999
  • Michigan Road Scholars Tour, 1999
  • Marshall, University Graduate Exercises, 1999
  • Faculty Mentor. University of Michigan Mentorship Program, 1997-98

College of Engineering:

  • International Programs Committee, 2004-2010
  • Lurie Nanofabrication Facility Council, 2009-2010
  • Dean’s Task Forces: Energy Research, 2009; International Programs, 2007; Strategic Research Directions, 2007; Graduate Student Support, 2004-2005
  • Faculty Promotion Committees: J. Guo (2010)
  • Faculty Tenure Committees: M. Shtein (2009, Chair); K.P. Pipe (2009), J.D. Phillips (2007)
  • Faculty Reappointment Committees:  E. Kioupakis (2014, Chair); M. Hartman (2010); P.C. Ku (2009); S. Linic (2007); W. Lu (2004).
  • Planning Committee, MMPEI Energy Workshop (2007)
  • Industry Research Advisory Committee, 2002-2003
  • Faculty Advisor, Society of Women Engineers, 1998-2003
  • Representative for Faculty Candidates (EECS, ME, ChemE, Aero, NERS, ), 1999-present
  • Michigan Engineering 150th Anniversary Retreat, 1999
  • Freshman Advisor, 1998-1999
  • Honors Committee, 1998

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

  • Curriculum Committee (Chair), 2013-present
  • Materials Science & Engineering Advisory Committee, 2007-2011
  • Graduate Program Advisor, 2008-2012
  • Chair Search Advisory Committee, 2004-2005
  • Faculty Search Advisory Committee, 2003-2004; 2007-2008
  • Graduate Committee (Chair), 2004-2013 (2008-2012)
  • Graduate Student Recruiting Taskforce (Chair) F-2006
  • Newsletter Taskforce (Chair) 2006-2010
  • Colloquium Committee (Chair) (W-2003); F-2000
  • Van Vlack Center Task Force, 2002-2005
  • Facilities Review Committee (Chair), 2001-2002
  • Physics of Materials Written Exam Subcommittee (Chair), 1999-2003; 2012-present
  • Internal Review Committee, 1999-2000
  • Advanced Materials and Processing Education Center Taskforce (Chair), 1998-2000
  • Undergraduate Committee, 1997-2003

Department of Physics

  • Graduate Mentors Committee, 2013-present
  • Faculty Mentor, Hui Deng, 2009-present
  • Condensed Matter/AMO Seminar Organizer, 2011-2012
  • Williams Award and Honors Senior Thesis Reader Committee, 2010-2011
  • Graduate Awards Committee, 2007-2008