Rachel Goldman Honored with University Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Rachel Goldman Honored with University Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Professor Rachel Goldman

University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards honor senior faculty who consistently have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research or creative endeavors, teaching and mentoring of students and junior faculty, service, and a variety of other activities.


A leader in electronic and photonic materials research, Rachel Goldman is internationally recognized for elucidating the mechanisms of nanostructure formation and developing tools to map them at atomic resolution. Her model explaining ordering of columns of quantum dots has stimulated growth of three-dimensional ordered arrays of nanostructures for optoelectronics, solar energy harvesting, and other applications. She also has revolutionized the teaching of materials science at U-M.


Goldman earned a Ph.D. in materials science from the University of California, San Diego and was a postdoctoral fellow in physics at Carnegie Mellon before joining U-M's faculty in 1997, where she is associate director of the Applied Physics Program and education director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. The first to experimentally observe elastic constant bowing in alloys, she pioneered a novel approach to nanoplasmonics and metamaterials, facilitating design of photonic devices ranging from invisibility cloaks to high sensitivity biosensors. She has authored or co-authored 120 publications and has given 175 invited lectures.


Goldman is co-principal investigator for U-M's Transforming Learning for a Third Century M-Write II grant, which promotes writing-to-learn pedagogies in science and engineering. She has advised 14 postdoctoral fellows and 31 graduate, 83 undergraduate and 20 high school students in research, and initiated a program that embeds high school students in U-M research projects.


Goldman has served on the Senate Advisory Committee for University Affairs and College of Engineering Executive Committee and chaired the Electronic Materials Division of the American Vacuum Society. A fellow of the American Physical Society and AVS, Goldman received the AVS Peter Mark Memorial Award and was named the 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumna of the Electronic Devices and Materials Group by UC San Diego. She also is a recipient of the Monroe-Brown Foundation Service Excellence Award and Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award.