Rachel J. Cannara

National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA


Rachel J. Cannara is a Project Leader in the Nanofabrication Research Group in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) at NIST. She received a B.S. degree in physics with highest honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif, USA, where her scholarship was recognized with numerous awards. She then received a Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received the Hirschfelder Award for academic achievement and studied the tribological properties of single crystal diamond. Cannara then joined the CNST staff in 2009 after two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory. Her current research focuses on the measurement and control of the mechanisms that govern nanoscale frictional energy dissipation, and the use of these discoveries to enable the design and operation of future nanomechanical and nanomanufacturing systems.

Biography Updated on 10 May 2012

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