Dr. Elif Ertekin is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and faculty affiliate of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Illinois. She is
currently the Director of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) Nanomanufacturing Node. The Nanomanufacturing Node aims to assemble, develop, and implement advanced cyberinfrastructure tools for research, education, and industrial deployment of integrated nanoscale manufacturing processes and systems through the NCN Cyber Platform (nanoHUB). The Node focuses on community-driven software development to address critical needs of the emerging nanomanufacturing community in the integration of modeling, experiments, and data relevant to nanomanufacturing processes.
Her technical background is in Materials Science and Engineering (PhD, UC Berkeley, 2006), and she currently supervises the Ertekin Research Group, active in computational modeling and simulation of the atomic scale properties and processes in materials. Her research on computational nanoscience and nanotechnology is focused on multiphysics and multiscale modeling of structure/property relations for electronic and optical nanoscale systems, disordered media, and transport in nanostructures. Application areas include thermal materials and active thermal interfaces, growth and synthesis of carbon based low-dimensional nanostructures, and surface and interface properties for catalytic nanoparticles.