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Bridget Rogers
Vanderbilt University

Bridget Rogers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Materials Science at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on surface/interface/film formation, characterization, and microstructure evolution.  Learn more



David Surman
Kratos Analytical Inc.

David Surman has been a long-standing member of the AVS. In 2009, Dave accepted the position as the Chair of the Exhibitor & Manufacturers Committee. In 2011, he was elected to the AVS Board of Directors where he served a two-year term from 2012-2013. During his term on the AVS Board of Directors, he served as Chair of the Membership Committee, a position he held until 2019 .  Learn more


Gregory J. Exarhos
Pacific Northwest National Labs

Gregory J. Exarhos, a Laboratory Fellow emeritus within the Physical Sciences Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University and received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Brown University. An assistant Professor at Harvard University, his group investigated cation motion in amorphous phases, phase transformation dynamics in amorphous materials, and electron-beam surface modification.  Learn more

DIRECTOR (2024-2025)

Robert K. Grubbs

Robert K. Grubbs is presently the Scientific Director of Thin Films at IMEC in Leuven Belgium. This position enables him to view the broad and diverse landscape of materials and design strategies that will enable future nodes of memory and computing devices.  Prior to this position, he worked for eight years at Micron Technology in process engineering, developing critical films for high density phase change memories and on interfacial engineering for high-performance CMOS.  Learn more

DIRECTOR (2024-2025)

Caitlin Howell
University of Maine

Caitlin Howell is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Maine and leader of the Howell Biointerface and Biomimetics lab, which focuses on the understanding and control of biological systems at interfaces with a focus on microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. She also serves as the Associate Director for the University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research.  Learn more

DIRECTOR (2024-2025)

Virginia "Ginger" Wheeler
Naval Research Laboratory

Virginia "Ginger" Wheeler is a Materials Research Engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.  She currently leads the Thin Film Materials section within the Electronic Science and Technology division, where her team focuses on materials development for RF electronic devices through a wide range of deposition techniques including molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) and atomic layer deposition/epitaxy (ALD/ALEp).  Learn more

TRUSTEE (2024-2026)

Kateryna Artyushkova
Physical Electronics

Kateryna Artyushkova is a President of Physical Electronics. Her research focuses on developing applications and methodologies for surface analysis focusing on X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. She has received an M.A. Degree with Honors in chemistry from the National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv in 1995.  Learn more

TRUSTEE (2024-2026)

Rachael L. Myers-Ward
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Rachael L. Myers-Ward is an Electrical Engineer in the High Power Electronics Branch/ Wide and Ultrawide Bandgap Materials Section at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2006 and B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering in 2001 and 2003, respectively, from the University of South Florida.  Learn more