Blair R. Tuttle Ph.D.

Position Department / Business Unit
Associate Professor of Physics
Institution Disciplines
Penn State Erie; The Behrend College Nanomaterials Physics
City State / Provence
Erie Pennslyvania
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Dr. Tuttle's current research includes Nanoscale Theory of Semiconductor Materials.


B.A. Bates College '91; Ph. D. University of Illinois '97

Career Highlights

05/2006 - Present: Associate Professor of Physics, School of Science, Behrend College, Penn State University at Erie
09/2000 - 05/2006: Assistant Professor of Physics, School of Science, Behrend College, Penn State University at Erie
09/97 - 09/2000: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Computational Electronics Group, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC); Investigated hydrogen and other point defects in silicon based materials using ab initio electronic structure calculations. Collaborated on theories for hot electron and gate dielectric degradation in models for modern ¯eld e®ect transistors.
Advisor: Karl Hess.


- Summer 2006: Awarded the Petroleum Research Fund's Summer Research Fellowship to work with R.
Ramprasad at the University of Connecticut on his grant entitled Computational Study of Conduction and
Breakdown Mechanisms in Metal Oxide Dielectric Insulators.
- September 2003 to August 2005: Principle investigator on a project entitled Thermodynamics, kinetics
and hyper¯ne parameters of defects in hydrogenated amorphous silicon. The project was funded by a grant
from the The Petroleum Research Fund operated by the American Chemical Society.
- May 1998 to Present: Principle investigator on a project entitled Quantum Studies of Silicon-based Mate-
rials. The project has received a yearly renewable grant for computer time totalling more than 100 000 hours
of super-computer time on various machines at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
- Spring 1999 to Present: Ad hoc reviewer for scienti¯c journals including Physical Review Letters, Physical
Review B and Applied Physics Letters.
- Spring 2002 to Present: Participated in numerous outreach events; developed a presentation on electricity,
magnetism and cup-speakers for middle school girls and MAPP/WISE programs; visited several upper-
elementary schools in Erie, PA.
- January 2004 and 2005: Member of panels reviewing proposals in the area of Silicon Circuits and Na-
noelectronics submitted to the National Science Foundation's Division of Electrical and Communications
Systems (Arlington, VA).
- November 2001: Received award to attend the American Association of Physics Teachers' Workshop for
New Physics and Astronomy Faculty in College Park, MD.
- July 2000: Recipient of Chair's award to attend Gorden Conference on Point and Line Defects in Semicon-
ductors in New London, NH.
- December 1999: Our Web site for Physics 150 is "Highly Commended" by Schoolzone's panel of experts.
- Spring 1997: Finalist in the bi-annual Materials Research Society Graduate Research Contest.
- Winter 1997 Participant in Union of Concerned Scientists' Sound Science program on climate change.


Contributor to the Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering and Technology, Second Edition (CRC Press) 2007.

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