The following Oregon State University faculty members have expertise related to climate change and are willing to speak with journalists. Their specific expertise, and contact information, is listed below. For help with other OSU faculty experts, contact Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, [email protected].

High-performance computing

Todd Palmer, 541-737-6306, [email protected]

Palmer is the director of the Center for Exascale Monte Carlo Neutron Transport (CEMeNT), a National Nuclear Security Administration Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program focused investigatory center that advances the state of dynamic (time-dependent) Monte Carlo neutron transport on exascale computing systems and beyond. CEMeNT is strongly connected to ongoing research at Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. Palmer’s own research focuses on computational radiation transport, nuclear reactor physics, predictive simulation on high-performance computing platforms, uncertainty quantification and radiation hydrodynamics. Among his potential interview areas:

· Managing uncertainty and detecting novelty in machine learning applications

· Automated data cleaning for sensor networks

· Reinforcement learning in risk-sensitive applications


Gregory Herman, 541-737-2496, [email protected]

Herman conducts research in the areas of surface and interface chemistries, with the goal of controlling reaction chemistries, surface properties, radiation-induced effects, defect passivation/control and device integration and performance. He is co-inventor of the semiconductor InGaZnO (IGZO), which is used worldwide for thin film transistor applications. For example, IGZO is currently used in a wide range of applications including cell phones and flat panel displays. Possible interview topics:

· Nanomanufacturing and associated infrastructure

· Advanced characterization techniques for semiconductors

· Flexible and additive electronics

· Oxide semiconductor materials and their applications

Pallavi Dhagat, 541-737-9927, [email protected]

Dhagat is an expert in the characterization and application of magnetic materials for microwave communications, data storage and biomedical sensors. She can be reached to discuss:

· Magnetic materials for future semiconductor technologies

· Education and workforce development needs in the semiconductor industry

Tom Weller, 541-737-9287, [email protected]

Weller studies high-frequency applications of additive manufacturing for integration and packaging applications, as well as high-frequency applications of electronic materials and novel electromagnetic sensor systems. He can discuss:

  • Radio frequency/microwave/millimeter-wave electronics
  • Applied electromagnetics and antenna design
  • Millimeter-wave interconnects