Carnegie Mellon University

Lisa Porter

Lisa M. Porter

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

  • Roberts Engineering Hall 145
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Lisa Porter received Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in Materials Science & Engineering from N.C. State University and Cornell University, respectively. She serves as a research and academic advisor to both graduate and undergraduate students and is actively involved in several outreach activities and societies. She was 2018 President of the American Vacuum Society (AVS), an international society pertaining to the Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing. She is currently Program Chair for the Electronic Materials Conference. Her awards include the N.C. State MSE Alumni Hall of Fame (2018), the Philbrook Prize in Engineering from CMU (2012), “Women Driving the Material World” Award from the Women & Girls Foundation (2006), a National Science Foundation Career Award (1999-2004) and a National Swedish Foundation Visiting Professorship (2000-2002).


Porter's research activities are focused on wide bandgap semiconductor materials and devices and the characterization of chemistry, microstructure, and electrical properties as they pertain to device performance. Current projects concentrate on epitaxial growth, contacts, and processing of gallium oxide (Ga2O3) for ultra-high efficiency electronics.

Professor of Materials Science and Enginering Lisa Porter discusses her research on semiconductor materials and devices, especially those that enable new technologies for a more energy-efficient future.