Robert W. Carpick is the John Henry Towne Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. His work uses surface science and material characterization techniques to probe the fundamental nature of materials in contact, and to apply the results to nanotechnology applications.
Prof. Carpick received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley and held a postdoctoral appointment at Sandia National Laboratory before joining as faculty the University of Wisconsin-Madison and, in 2007, the University of Pennsylvania.
Prof. Carpick is Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Vacuum Society, the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, the Materials Research Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Tribology Letters and Advanced Materials Interfaces. In 2009, he was awarded the Burt L. Newkirk Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.