Faculty Profile: Katayun Barmak

Katayun Barmak

Philips Electronics Professor, Chair of the Materials Sciences and Engineering Program Committee


Dr. Katayun Barmak obtained her B.A. (First Class Hons.) and M.A. degrees in Natural Sciences, Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, England in 1983 and 1987, respectively. She completed her M.S. in Metallurgy and Ph.D. in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985 and 1989, respectively. During her doctoral work she was a recipient of an AT&T Foundation Fellowship. Prior to her appointment to the Faculty at Lehigh in 1992, Dr. Barmak spent three years at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and IBM East Fishkill development laboratory working on materials, structures and processes for advanced generations of field effect and bipolar junction transistors. She joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 1999 and was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2002. Dr. Barmak received the National Young Investigator in 1994 and a Deutscheforschunggemeinschaft Fellowship the same year. She was one of four Technical Chairs of the Materials Research Society Meeting in Spring 1999. She was a Visiting Scientist at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center from 1998 until 2004. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Electronic Materials.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Materials Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams
  • Crystallography