Goldman named 2021 AAAS Fellow

Selection as an AAAS fellow is among the most distinct honors within the scientific community.
Goldman named 2021 AAAS Fellow

Professor Rachel S. Goldman

MSE Professor Rachel S. Goldman was recently elected as a 2021 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She was one of 20 U-M faculty members and 564 scientists, engineers, and innovators nationwide recognized for their scientifically and socially distinguished achievements.

Selection as an AAAS fellow is among the most distinct honors within the scientific community.

Goldman, who also holds joint appointments in physics and electrical engineering and computer science and serves as the associate director of applied physics, was cited by AAAS “for distinguished contributions to research and education in materials physics, particularly for elucidating the role of local solute configurations on novel functionalities of semiconductor alloys.”

“I am honored to be named an AAAS fellow and would like to thank many students, collaborators, program officers, and letter writers for their contributions," Goldman remarked.

Goldman's research interests are in materials physics, with an emphasis on processing-structure-property relationships in epitaxial semiconductor films, nanostructures, and heterostructures. A current focus involves understanding the role of local solute configurations on emergent phenomena and novel functionalities of exotic alloys, nanowires, and quantum materials.  Professor Goldman, who has a PhD from the University of California, San Diego, is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Vacuum Society, having received its Peter Mark Memorial Award in 2002. She has held editorial positions for the Materials Research Society, the Journal of Electronic Materials, the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, and Thin Solid Films.  She is currently an Associate Editor of Journal of Applied Physics and Chair of the APS Division of Materials Physics.

Goldman and the new fellows will be celebrated later this year during an in-person gathering when it is feasible from a public health and safety perspective. The new class also will be featured in the AAAS News & Notes section of Science in January.