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Nanotechnology Graduate Program

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Dr. Frank T. Fisher

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Dr. Souran P. Manoochehri

Dr. Stefan Strauf

Dr. Yong Shi

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Dr. Frank T. Fisher

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Dr. Frank T. Fisher

Associate Professor & Interim Department Director and co-Director of the Nanotechnology Graduate Program

School:

  

Schaefer School of Engineering & Science

Department:

  

Mechanical Engineering

Program:

 

Mechanical Engineering / Nanotechnology


Location:

C200

Phone:

201.216.8913

Fax:

201.216.8315

Email:

ffisher@stevens.edu

The Innovation University TM
Courses:
ME 345
ME 423
ME 424
NANO 600
  
Research & Education
Education
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, December 2002
  • M.A., Learning Sciences (School of Education and Social Policy), Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, December 2000
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, December 1998
  • B.S.E, Mechanical Engineering, and B.S., Applied Mathematics (dual degree), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, May 1995
   
Research
Research Interests - Technical
  • Characterization of nanoreinforced polymer systems
  • Multiscale modeling of nano-composites and materials
  • Mechanical characterization of materials at the nanoscale
  • Viscoelastic behavior of polymeric materials
  • Hybrid finite element - micromechanics methods
  • Vibration energy harvesting

Research Interests - Education

  • Multimedia and asynchronous learning environments for undergraduate engineering education
  • Engineering-based curricular materials for K-12 education
  • Engineering outreach programs for K-12  students
Experience & Service
Experience
  • 08/10 - current, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • 08/04 - 08/10, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • 09/02 - 07/04, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Biologically Inspired Materials (BIMat) Center, Northwestern University
  • 06/00 - 08/02, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 09/99 - 09/00, Graduate Student, VaNTH ERC for Bioengineering Educational Technologies, Northwestern University
Institutional Service

University Service:

  • Co-Director, Nanotechnology Graduate Program (Spring 2007-current)
  • Elected to the inaugural Stevens Faculty Senate (Executive Committee), December 2011
  • Faculty representative, Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Enterprise Sub-committee, 2011-12.
  • Faculty representative, Presidential Search Committee, 2010
  • Elected to the Institute-wide Faculty Position on the Stevens Board of Trustees Strategic Planning Committee (2010-11)
  • Stevens Faculty Committee on Academic Appeals (elected, AY 07-08)
  • Member, School of Engineering Dean search committee (Spring 2007)
  • Faculty Working Group, Middle States Commission on Higher Education Evaluation Committee (AY 07-08)

School of Engineering Service:

  • Tau Beta Pi faculty advisory committee (Spring 2006 – current)
  • Pi Tau Sigma faculty co-advisor (Spring 2006 – current)

Department Service:

  • Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series Organizer (01/06 – current) 
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (9/04 – current)
  • Mechanical Engineering Research Committee (01/07 – current)
  • Mechanical Engineering Communications Committee (01/07 – current)
  • Fielding Computer Lab Coordinator (10/04 – current)
   
Professional Service
  • Chair, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Materials Division Polymer Technical Committee (7/2010-6/2012)
  • Vice-Chair, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Materials Division Polymer Technical Committee (7/2008-6/2010)
  • Guest Editor for special issue of Journal of Nanomaterials entitled "Polymer Nanocomposite Processing, Characteriation, and Applications"
  • Proposal Review Panel, Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), Brookhaven National Lab (2009-11)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience
  • Topic co-organizer, “Current Issues In Polymer Nanocomposites”, 2008 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE), October 31 - November 6, Boston, MA.
  • Session organizer, “Deformation of Nanostructured Polymers and Composites”, 2006 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE), November 5-10, 2006
  • Session organizer, “Micromechanical and Multiscale Modeling of Nanoreinforced Polymers”, 2005 American Society for Composites Annual Technical Conference, September 7-9, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Symposium co-organizer, “Advanced Nanocomposite Systems”, 2005 Joint ASME/ASCE/SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials (McMAT2005), June 1-3, Baton Rouge, LA

Professional Development Activities:

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Workshop on Materials Characterization for Nanoscale Reliability, August 14-16, 2007, Boulder, CO
  • NSF Summer Institute Short Course on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Nano Mechanics and Materials, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, June 7-11 2004. (NSF Tuition Fellowship)
  • Preparing Future Faculty Program, Northwestern University, June 2000
Achievements & Professional Societies
Honors & Awards
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award
  • Fulbright Specialist Roster (Engineering Education), J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
  • 2009 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium participant
  • 2009 Stevens Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award
  • 2009 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Educator Award 
  • Harvey N. Davis Distinguished Teaching Assistant Professor award (2006) 
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in Engineering Education
  • NSF Tuition Fellowship, NSF Summer Institute Short Course on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Nano Mechanics and Materials, Northwestern University, June 7-11, 2004
  • Searle Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching Assistant Fellow, Northwestern University (2000-2001, 2001-2002)
  • Nugent Teaching Assistant Fellowship, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University (1998)
  • Walter P. Murphy Fellowship, School of Engineering, Northwestern University (1995)
  • Fesseden-Trott Scholarship, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • University Scholar, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Professional Societies
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Member, Society of Engineering Science (SES)
  • Member, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
   
Grants, Contracts & Funds
Research Funding (examples of projects)
  • CAREER: Fundamental Research Leveraging Nanoparticle-Induced Crystallization in Semicrystalline Polymer Nanocomposites (PI), NSF, 08/01/09-07/31/14
  • MRI: Acquisition of an Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Etcher for nano/micro device fabrication (co-PI), with Shi (PI), Choi, Strauf, and Yang, NSF, 09/01/2008-08/31/11
  • Ultra-High-Speed single electron memory devices based on carbon nanotube quantum dots (co-PI), with Yang (PI), Strauf, and D. Choi (U. Idaho), AFOSR, 03/01/08-02/28/11
  • MRI: Acquisition of an instrument for nanoscale manipulation and experimental characterization (PI, with H. Du, Y. Shi and Z. Zhu), NSF DMI-0619762, 09/01/06-08/31/09.
  • Microdevice laboratory (co-PI, with S. Manoochehri (PI), K. Pochiraju and Y. Shi), US Army TACOM-ARDEC, 09/13/05-09/12/06.

Education Funding

  • GK12: NJ Alliance for Engineering Education (NJAEE) (co-PI), with C. Chassapis, S. Esche, R. Stolkin, and B. McGrath, NSF, 01/07/08-12/31/12.
  • NUE: Virtual research experiences for undergraduates in nanotechnology (PI, with H. Du, M. Libera, H. Man, and Y. Shi), NSF ESI-0532555, 9/01/05-08/31/07.
  • A framework for an online undergraduate engineering program: Planning study to determine how best to develop, implement and assess (co-PI, with C. Chassapis (PI), S. Esche, H. Hadim, R. Ubell), NSF EEC-0530626, 09/01/05-08/31/06.
  • Self-directed engineering software learning modules for engineering education (PI, with C. Chassapis), State of NJ Department of Treasury (through Center for Innovation for Science & Engineering Education, Stevens), 05/01/05-07/31/05.
Selected Publications
Journals

  • M. Nie, D.M. Kalyon, and F.T. Fisher. (2014). "Interfacial load transfer in polymer/carbon nanotube nanocomposites with a Nanohybrid Shish Kebab modification", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6 14886-14893.


  • K. Kumar, Y.S. Kim, X. Lin, J. Ding, F. T. Fisher, and E.H. Yang. (2013). "'Chemical vapor deposition of carbon nanotubes on monolayer graphene substrates: reduced etching via suppressed catalytic hydrogenation using C2H4", Chemistry of Materials, 25 3874.


  • K. Shepard, M. Ocampo, M. Chung, J. Li, H. Gevgilili, F.T. Fisher, and D.M. Kalyon. (2012). "Viscoelasticity of poly(ether imide) incorporated with multi-walled carbon nanotubes", Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 50 1504.


  • S.F. Bartolucci, G. Mago, F.T. Fisher, E. Troiano, and D.M. Kalyon. (2012). "Unusual fracture surface morphology of fatigued carbon nanofiber/poly(ether ether ketone) composites", Carbon, 50 2347.


  • Y.S. Kim, K. Kumar, F. T. Fisher, and E.H. Yang. (2012). "'Out-of-plane growth of CNTs on graphene for supercapacitor applications", Nanotechnology, 23 015301.


  • G. Mago, D.M. Kalyon, and F.T. Fisher. (2011). "Nanocomposites of nylon-11 and carbon nanostructures: Development of microstructure and ultimate properties following solution processing", Journal of Polymer Science: Part B Polymer Physics, 49 1311.


  • K. Kumar, O. Sul, S. Strauf, D.S. Choi, F. Fisher, M.G. Prasad, and E-H. Yang. (2011). "A Study on Carbon-Nanotube Local Oxidation Lithography Using an Atomic Force Microscope", IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 10 (4), 849-854.


  • V.R. Challa, M.G. Prasad, and F.T. Fisher. (2011). "Towards an autonomous self-tuning vibration energy harvesting device for wireless sensor network applications", Smart Materials and Structures, 20 025004.  Download  (1107 kb PDF).


  • V. Challa, M.G. Prasad, and F.T. Fisher. (2011). "Vibration energy harvesting for aerospace applications", Journal of Aerospace Sciences and Technologies, 63 1.


  • G. Mago, D.M. Kalyon, S.C. Jana, and F.T. Fisher. (2010). "Editorial: Polymer nanocomposite processing, characterization, and applications", Journal of Nanomaterials, 5 325807.  Download  (414 kb PDF).


  • S.H. Modi, S. Bartolucci, H. Gevgilili, K. Dikovics, G. Mago, F.T. Fisher, and D.M. Kalyon. (2010). "Nanocomposites of poly(ether ether ketone) with carbon nanofibers: Effects of dispersion and thermo-oxidative degradation on development of linear viscoelasticity and crystallinity", Polymer, 51 5236-5244.  Download  (1365 kb PDF).


  • V. Challa, M.G. Prasad, and F.T. Fisher. (2009). "Coupled piezoelectric-electromagnetic energy harvesting technique for increased power output through damping matching", Smart Materials and Structures, 18 095029.  Download  (622 kb PDF).


  • G. Mago, D.M. Kalyon, and F.T. Fisher. (2009). "Polymer crystallization and precipitation-induced wrapping of carbon nanofibers with PBT ", Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 114 1312-1319.  Download  (742 kb PDF).


  • G. Mago, F.T. Fisher, and D.M. Kalyon. (2009). "Effect of shearing on crystallization behavior and morphology of PVDF nanocomposites", Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 9 3330-3340.  Download  .


  • G. Mago, F.T. Fisher, and D.M. Kaylon. (2008). "Effects of multiwalled carbon nanotubes on the shear-induced crystallization behavior of poly(butylene terephthalate)", Macromolecules, 41 8103-8113.  Download  .


  • G. Mago, D.M. Kalyon, and F.T. Fisher. (2008). "Membranes of Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and PVDF nanocomposites with carbon nanotubes via immersion precipitation", Journal of Nanomaterials (special issue on Nanomechanics and Nanostructured Multifunctional Materials), 3 759825.  Download  (1350 kb PDF).


  • V. Challa, Y. Shi, M.G. Prasad, and F.T. Fisher. (2008). "A vibration energy harvesting device with bi-directional resonance frequency tunability", Smart Materials and Structures, 17 015035.  Download  (832 kb PDF).


  • T. Ramanathan, F.T. Fisher, R.S. Ruoff, and L.C. Brinson. (2008). "Enhanced solubility of single-wall carbon nanotubes in a deuterated acid mixture", Research Letters in Nanotechnology, 1 296928.  Download  (1161 kb PDF).


  • A. Eitan, F.T. Fisher, R. Andrews, L.C. Brinson, and L.S. Schadler. (2006). "Reinforcement mechanisms in MWCNT-filled polycarbonate", Composites Science and Technology, 66 1159.  Download  (648 kb PDF).


  • F. T. Fisher, A. Eitan, R, Andrews, L.C. Brinson, and L. S. Schadler. (2004). "Spectral response and effective viscoelastic properties of MWNT-reinforced polycarbonate", Advanced Composites Letters, 13 (2), 105-111.


  • S. Lu, D. A. Dikin, S. Zhang, F.T. Fisher, J. Lee, and R. S. Ruoff. (2004). "Realization of nanoscale resolution with a micromachined thermally actuated testing stage", Review of Scientific Instruments, 75 (6), 2154-2162.  Download  (610 kb PDF).


  • W. Ding, A. Eitan, F.T. Fisher, X. Chen, D.A. Dikin, R. Andrews, L.C. Brinson, L.S. Schadler, and R.S. Ruoff. (2003). "Direct observation of polymer sheathing in carbon nanotube-polycarbonate composites", Nano Letters, 3 (11), 1593-1597.  Download  (348 kb PDF).


  • C. Velasco-Santos, A.L. Martinez-Hernandez, F.T. Fisher, R.S. Ruoff, and V.M. Castano. (2003). "Improvement of thermal and mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes composites through chemical functionalization", Chemistry of Materials, 15 4470-4475.  Download  (216 kb PDF).


  • R.D. Piner, T.T. Xu, F.T. Fisher, Y. Qiao, and R.S. Ruoff.. (2003). "Atomic force microsopy study of clay nanoplatelets and their impurities", Langmuir, 19 (19), 7995-8001.  Download  (522 kb PDF).


  • T.T. Xu, F.T. Fisher, L.C. Brinson, and R.S. Ruoff. (2003). "Bone-shaped nanomaterials for nanocomposite applications", Nano Letters, 3 (8), 1135-1139.  Download  (673 kb PDF).


  • C. Velasco-Santos, A.L. Martinez-Hernandez, F. Fisher, R. Ruoff, and V.M. Castano. (2003). "Dynamical-mechanical and thermal analysis of carbon nanotube-methyl-ethyl methaccrylate nanocomposites", Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 36 1423-1428.  Download  (1205 kb PDF).


  • Fisher, FT, Bradshaw, RD, and LC Brinson. (2003). "Fiber waviness in nanotube-reinforced polymer composites: I. Modulus predictions using effective nanotube properties", Composites Science and Technology, 63 (11), 1689-1703.  Download  (666 kb PDF).


  • Bradshaw, RD, FT Fisher, and LC Brinson. (2003). "Fiber waviness in nanotube-reinforced polymer composites: II. Modelling via numerical approximation of the dilute strain concentration tensor", Composites Science and Technology, 63 (11), 1705-1722.  Download  (518 kb PDF).


  • Fisher, FT, Bradshaw, RD, and LC Brinson. (2002). "Effects of nanotube waviness on the modulus of nanotube-reinforced polymers", Applied Physics Letters, 80 (24), 4647-4649.  Download  (395 kb PDF).


  • Fisher, FT and LC Brinson. (2001). "Viscoelastic interphases in polymer matrix composites: Theoretical models and finite element analysis", Composites Science and Technology, 61 731-748.


  •    Book Chapters

  • J. Ding, V.R. Challa, M.G. Prasad, and F.T. Fisher. (2012). "Vibration Energy Harvesting and its Application for Nano- and Microrobotics", Micro/Nano-robotics for Biomedical Applications, Y. Guo (Ed.), Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York.


  • F.T. Fisher and L.C. Brinson. (2006). "Nanomechanics of Nanoreinforced Polymers", Handbook of Theoretical and Computational Nanotechnology, M. Reith and W. Schommers (Eds.), American Scientific Publishing.


  • F.T. Fisher, D.A. Dikin, X. Chen, and R.S. Ruoff. (2005). "Nanomanipulator Measurements of the Mechanics of Nanostructures and Nanocomposites", Applied Physics of Nanotubes: Fundamentals of Theory, Optics and Transport Devices, Slava V Rotkin and Shekhar Subramoney (Eds.), Springer Series in Nanoscience and Technology.


  • Conference Proceedings

  • S. Bartolucci, G. Mago, H. Gevgilili, S. Vural, K. Dikovics, D.M. Kalyon, and F.T. Fisher. (2009). "Investigation of the properties of PEEK-nanotube composites prepared by solution methods", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE), November 13-19, Lake Buena Vista, FL.


  • V. Challa and F.T. Fisher. (2009). "Design Considerations for MEMS Scale Vibration Energy Harvesting", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE), November 13-19, Lake Buena Vista, FL.


  • V. Challa, M.G. Prasad and F.T. Fisher. (2009). "Towards a Self-Tunable Wide Frequency Bandwidth Vibration Energy Harvesting Device", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE), November 13-19, Lake Buena Vista, FL.


  • K. Kumar, Y.T. Tsai, O. Sul, D.S. Choi, F.T. Fisher, M.G. Prasad, S. Strauf, and E.H. Yang. (2009). "Nanoscale Graphene and Carbon Nanotube Lithography using an Atomic Force Microscope", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE), November 13-19, Lake Buena Vista, FL.


  • G. Mago, D.M. Kalyon and F.T. Fisher. (2008). "Effect of nanoparticles on microstructure and crystallization behavior of Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and PVDF nanocomposites membranes prepared using immersion precipitation technique", 236th American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall Meeting & Exposition, August 17-21, Philadelphia, PA.


  • G. Mago, D.M. Kalyon and F.T. Fisher. (2008). "Crystallization and morphology of carbon nanotube-Nylon-11", 236th American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall Meeting & Exposition, August 17-21, Philadelphia, PA.


  • V.R. Challa, M.G. Prasad, and F.T. Fisher. (2008). "A High Efficiency Multi-beam Array Tunable Energy Harvesting Device for Powering Wireless Sensors (Invited)", IEEE 17TH International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics (ISAF), February 24-27, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


  • G. Mago, C. Velasco-Santos, A.L. Martinez-Hernandez, D.M. Kalyon, and F.T. Fisher. (2007). "Effect of Functionalization on the Crystallization Behavior of MWNT-PBT Nanocomposites", Proceedings of the 2007 MRS Fall Meeting, November 26-30, Boston, MA.


  • V.R. Challa, M.G. Prasad, Y. Shi, and F.T. Fisher. (2007). "Resonant frequency tunable vibration energy harvesting device", The 6th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, September 11-13, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.


  • G. Mago, J. A. Dutreuil, F.T. Fisher, and D.M. Kaylon. (2007). "Structural formation in poly(butylene terephthalate) and PBT nanocomposites during uniaxial deformation", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE), November 11-15, Seattle, WA.


  • V.R. Challa, M.G. Prasad, Y. Shi, and F.T. Fisher. (2007). "A wide frequency range tunable vibration energy harvesting device using magnetically induced stiffness", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE), November 11-15, Seattle, WA.


  • F.T. Fisher, H. Hadim, S. Esche, R. Ubell, and C. Chassapis. (2007). "Feasibility of a fully online undergraduate mechanical engineering degree for non-traditional learners", 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Conference, June 24-27, Honolulu, HI.


  • G. Mago, F.T. Fisher, and D.M. Kaylon. (2007). "Nanoparticle-enhanced shear-induced crystallization of semicrystalline polymer nanocomposites", 2007 Joint ASME/ASCE/SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials (McMAT2007), June 3-7, Austin, TX.


  • G. Mago, F.T. Fisher, and D.M. Kaylon. (Nov 5-10, 2006). "Effect of shearing on the crystallization behavior of poly(butylene terephthalate) and PBT nanocomposites", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE), Chicago, IL.


  • FT Fisher and C Chassapis. (Jun 18-21, 2006). "Guided CAE software learning modules for the undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum", 2006 American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Chicago, IL.


  • W Ding, FT Fisher, X Chen, DA Dikin, and RS Ruoff. (Sep 9-11, 2004). "Nanotube-polymer Composite Characterization via Nanomanipulation Experiments", 11th US-Japan Conference on Composite Materials, Yamagata, Japan.


  • FT Fisher, and LC Brinson. (Apr 7-10, 2003). "Macroscale experimental evidence of a reduced-mobility non-bulk polymer phase in nanotube-reinforced polymers", 44th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Norfolk, VA.


  • FT Fisher and PL Peterson. (Jun 2001). "A Tool to Measure Adaptive Expertise in Biomedical Engineering Students", Multimedia Division (Session 2793) Proceedings for the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.


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