Rachel S. Goldman

Maria Goeppert Mayer Collegiate Professor


2094 H.H. Dow
T: (734) 647-6821




Research Facilities



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


In the Goldman Research Group, we develop strategies for manipulating and identifying atoms in functional inorganic materials for high efficiency solar cells, long-wavelength light-emitters and detectors, high temperature electronics, spintronics, and quantum computing.  Our emphasis is on understanding processing-structure-property correlations in semiconductor films, nanostructures, and heterostructures.  We are primarily experimentalists using ultra-high vacuum techniques including molecular-beam epitaxy (“million buck evaporator”), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and both blanket and focused ion implantation.  We have recently developed computational efforts aimed to assist in our understanding of solute incorporation in alloys (Monte Carlo-Molecular Dynamics simulations of ion-solid interactions) and plasmon-enhanced light-emission from semiconductor nanocomposites (electromagnetic simulations of light-matter interactions) 


Academic experience

University of Michigan

Applied Physics, Associate Director, 2010- present

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Education Director, 2011-17

Energy Frontiers Research Center, Associate Director, 2009-14

MSE, Graduate Program Advisor, 2008-12

MSE, EECS and Physics, Professor, 2008-present

Physics, Associate Professor, 2007

EECS, Associate Professor, 2004-07

MSE, Associate Professor, 2003-07

MSE, Assistant Professor, 2000-03

MSE, Dow Corning Assistant Professor, 1997-99

Harvard University

Engineering & Applied Sciences, Visiting Scientist, 2006

Radcliffe, Augustus Anson Whitney Fellow, 2005-06

Carnegie Mellon University, Physics, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1996-97

Non-academic experience

Thomson CSF, Laboratoire Central de Recherches (Orsay, France), Research Assistant, 1988

Brookhaven National Laboratory (Upton, NY), Research Assistant, 1986



National and International (recent and selected)

Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2012

Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, 2012

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 2008

Augustus Anson Whitney Fellow, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard, 2005-06

Best Student Oral Presentation (Advisor), Electronic Materials Conference, 2004

Peter Mark Memorial Award, American Vacuum Society, 2002

National Science Foundation Career Award, 1998-2003

MRS Graduate Student Award (equivalent to “Gold” Award), 1994

Minnesota Educational Computer Consortium Contest, 1st place award, 1978

University, College, Department (recent and selected)

Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows, 2017-21

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, 2016

Senior Fellow, Sweetland Writing Center, 2014

Monroe-Brown Foundation Service Excellence Award, 2011

Outstanding Achievement Award, 2010

Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award, 2004

Dow Corning Assistant Professorship, 1997-1999

Williams Award, Physics Department, 1988

Alumni Giving Scholarship, 1984

Service activities

National and International

Department of Energy, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Scientific Advisory Committee, 2017-2020

Swedish Academy of Sciences, Goran Gustafson Prize Award Committee, 2016

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Report: “Assessment of Solid-State Lighting, Phase 2”, Reviewer, 2016

Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, Committee of Visitors, 2013

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Energy Frontiers Research Center, Advisory Committee, 2011-2015

Program Chair, North American Conference on Molecular Beam Epitaxy, 2011

Program Chair, Physics and Chemistry of Semiconductor Interfaces, 2008

Editorial (recent)

Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Physics, 2017 – present

Editorial Board, MRS News, 2012–present

Associate Editor, Journal of Electronic Materials, 2002–17

Associate Editor, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, 2001–06

University and College (recent)

Member, President's Honorary Degree Committee, 2017-20

Member, Dean's Advisory Committee on Female Faculty, 2017-20

Member, CoE Executive Committee, 2014-17

Member, LSA Sweetland Writing Center Executive Committee, 2015-18

Member, Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, 2010-13

Member, Provost’s Capital Projects Review Committee, 2010-13

Member, General Counsel’s Advisory Committee, 2010-16

Member, Student Relations Advisory Committee, 2010-16

Member, Rackham Divisional Board, 2003-05

Member, Academic Senate Assembly, 2002-05

Faculty Advisor, Society of Women Engineers, 1998-2003

MSE Department

Chair, Curriculum Committee, 2013-14

Chair, Graduate Committee, 2008-12

Graduate Program Advisor, 2008-12

Member, Chair's Advisory Committee, 2007-11

Member, Graduate Committee, 2003-13

Chair, Advanced Materials & Processing Education Center Taskforce, 1998-2003

Member, Undergraduate Committee, 1997-2003

Leadership in professional organizations

AVS Science & Technology Society

Trustee (2009-11); Board of Directors (2005-08)

Chair, Vice-Chair, Electronic Materials & Processing Division (2002–04)

Chair, Vice-Chair, Michigan Chapter (1997–99)

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society

John Bardeen Award Committee (2006-09)

Electronic Materials Committee (2003-09; 2016-19)

American Physical Society

Member-at-Large, Forum on Industrial & Applied Physics (2007–10)

Founding Advisory Committee, Topical Group on Energy Research, 2009