Steven May is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He joined the faculty in 2009 following a postdoctoral appointment in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He has a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in engineering science and mechanics from Penn State University.
At Drexel, his lab works on the synthesis of complex oxide heterostructures via molecular beam epitaxy and structural, electronic, optical, and magnetic characterization of thin films and superlattices. Steve has received the NSF CAREER award (DMR Ceramics), ARO Young Investigator Award, and the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Drexel MSE department. He is a member of the Electronics Division of The American Ceramic Society.
His current research focuses on modifying anion positions and compositions as a route to tune functional properties in perovskite thin films, tailoring correlated electron behavior in oxide superlattices, exploring electronic phase transitions for applications in electronics, and engineering optical responses in complex oxides.