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Santiago D. Solares Faculty Member

Santiago Solares is a Chemical Engineering PhD graduate of the California Institute of Technology. From 2006 to 2014 he served as Assistant and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, after which he joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The George Washington University as Associate Professor (promoted to full professor in 2017). His research program focuses on multimodal scanning probe microscopies, nanomechanics, multi-scale modeling and energy materials research, with special interest on materials having sub-surface structure. He is a former member of the Steering Committee for the International Noncontact AFM Conference, whose 16th edition he chaired in 2013. He is the author of 109 refereed archival publications, including 94 journal articles. During his faculty career he has attracted over $5.8M in external funding, including $1.2M in young investigator awards (NSF CAREER and DOE CAREER). His teaching interests include multi-scale simulation, atomistic physics, molecular thermodynamics and vibrations. Prior to starting his academic career he held various technical and management positions with Pepsi-Cola International and Mars Incorporated for over seven years.

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