Lynnette D. Madsen, Program Director for Ceramics in the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation, will be joining us in Ithaca as a Visiting Scholar. Lynette's appointment will be for a two-year period, ending November 2023, and will be shared between the College of Engineering and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.
While at Cornell, Lynnette will, among other activities, study decision-making processes, education and research culture, and policies. She will also provide fresh perspective and contribute her expertise to focused projects that advance education priorities in Cornell Engineering’s strategic plan, as well as advancing DEI initiatives within Research Centers overseen by OVPRI.
As a leader, Lynnette has been successful in a variety of environments, including academia, industry, and government. She has fostered cooperation and collaboration between agencies, industries, and nations to support valuable research. She has worked throughout her career to expand the research engagement of underrepresented groups across science and engineering.
An accomplished scholar, Lynnette’s areas of expertise include materials, sustainability, clean energy, nanotechnology, manufacturing, diversity, education, and international and industry partnerships. Her research spans epitaxial and pseudomorphic thin films, combinatorial nanomaterials science applied to magnetic recording media, contact formation to silicon carbide, and nanoscale graphite intercalation compounds. You can read more about her background on her NSF page.
Please join us in welcoming Lynnette to Cornell. She will officially arrive on campus in early December 2021 and will be working out of an office in Day Hall in the OVPRI suite. This is a tremendous addition to our community, and we look forward to the opportunities for growth and collaboration that will result.
Lynden A. Archer
Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering
Vice President for Research and Innovation