Prof. Majetich Receives Carnegie Science Awards for Excellence-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, February 4, 2011

Prof. Majetich Receives Carnegie Science Awards for Excellence

On February 3, the Carnegie Science Center announced that Sara Majetich, professor of physics, received the 2011 Award for Excellence in the Emerging Female Scientist category. This Award for Excellence will be presented at a banquet on May 6.

Majetich studies the fundamental physics of magnetic nanoparticles that have very uniform sizes. She applies what she learns about these particles to the design of functional materials that have applications in data storage media, high-speed electronics and biomedicine. Most notably she has developed a method that causes nanoparticles to self assemble into an evenly-spaced array. Such an array is critical for creating the next generation of high-density information storage devices that will make computers smaller and faster.

Majetich has received numerous awards, including the National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the Eminent Scientist of the Year Award from the International Research Promotion Council. In 2007 she was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE (Institute for electrical and Electronics Engineers) Magnetics Society. Most recently, she was named a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Majetich is also a devoted teacher and mentor who is committed to improving women's participation in science, engineering and mathematics. She has served as research advisor to more than 100 undergraduates since 1990. Her students and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon have recognized her dedication with the Mellon College of Science's Julius Ashkin Award for Teaching and the university's Academic Advising Award.

By: Jocelyn Duffy,, 412-268-9982