portrait_rohrer 125x148Gregory S. Rohrer is the W.W. Mullins Professor and Head of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.  Rohrer received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Franklin and Marshall College in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989.  He joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University in 1990 and became director of the NSF sponsored Materials Research Science and Engineering Center in 1999.  In 2005, he was appointed Head of the department of Materials Science and Engineering.  

Rohrer has authored or co-authored more than 220 publications describing research that is directed toward understanding how the properties of surfaces and internal interfaces are influenced by their geometric and crystallographic structure, their stoichiometry, and their defect structure.  

Rohrer has been a member of the Basic Science Division since 1989, was the Division meeting chair for 1998-99, and was the Division chair in 2005.  Rohrer served on the Society’s Meetings Committee, was the technical program chair for the 105th Annual Meeting, and has been an associate editor of the Journal since 1999.  

Rohrer was elevated to the grade of Fellow in 2003 and has previously been honored with the Roland B. Snow Award (1998), the Ross Coffin Purdy award (2002), the Richard M. Fulrath Award (2004), and the Robert B. Sosman Award (2009).  

Rohrer’s current research is focused on predicting phase and orientation relationships in oxide heteroepitaxy, the photochemical properties of oxide surfaces, and grain boundary distributions in polycrystals.