The NITE Team

The NITE team comprises talented, motivated individuals that thrive in advancing materials research in dynamic environments to meet broader, societal needs and goals. We routinely collaborate across all disciplines and look forward to working with you in the near future!


Stephen S. Nonnenmann

Associate Professor

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Adjunct Faculty

Chemical Engineering

Postdoc, Materials Science & Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering
Drexel University 
M.S., Materials Science & Engineering
University of Central Florida
B.S., Glass Engineering Science 

NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University

Graduate Researchers

I am currently working on two projects: 1) studying the effects of mechanical strain on the conductivity of polymer-pili nanocomposite materials for stretchable electronics applications; and 2) the synthesis and characterization of solution-processed reduced graphene oxide (rGO) for memory applications.

NITE Alumni

Graduate Students

  • Dr. Zimu Zhou, 2013-2020, now at Park Systems.

  • Dr. Jiaying Wang, 2013-2018, now at Applied Materials.

  • Dr. Jiaxin Zhu, 2013-2018, now at Prudential Financial.


Undergraduate Students

  • Selena Cho, 2018-2019

  • Jacob Davis, 2017-2018, now PhD Student, UMass Offshore Resources and Renewable Energy Lab

  • Ahnya Dague, 2017-2018, now at L3 Harris Space and Airborne Systems.

  • Meghan Glade, 2017-2018, now at MathWorks.

  • Eli Mattingly, 2017, now PhD Student, Harvard-MIT, Medical Engineering & Medical Physics.

  • Dylan Masi, 2015-2017, now at Invenergy LLC.

  • Thomas Brennan, 2016-2017, now at ExxonMobil.

  • Gregory Forbes, 2014-2015, now at Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Jieun Park

2nd Year - Ph.D. Student
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

M.S., Machine Design & Materials -Konkuk University (2018)B.S., Mechanical Engineering -Konkuk University (2016)

My research studies the evolution of vacancy distributions along electroactive oxide surfaces and interfaces as a function of strain, composition, and work function difference.

SuRyeon Lee

1st Year - Ph.D. Student (Starting Fall 2020!)
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

M.E., Materials Science and Engineering

Inha University (2019)

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering

Inha University (2017)

My research studies the effects of embedded electric field concentrators on the functional properties of oxide thin films, with an emphasis on memristor and resistive switching applications.

Undergraduate Researchers

Catherine Curtin

Undergraduate Researcher

B.S., Mechanical Engineering (exp 2021)

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