Robert W. Carpick

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Robert Carpick is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000–2007). He received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto (1991) and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (1997), both in physics, and was a postdoc at Sandia National Laboratory (1998–1999). He studies nanotribology, nanomechanics, and scanning probes. He received the 2009 Newkirk award of the ASME, and he became a Fellow of the APS in 2012.


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