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334-C Monteith
Campus Box 8617
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8617
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Dr. Gerald J Iafrate

Adjunct Professor

| Biography

Dr. Iafrate joined the faculty of North Carolina State University in August 2001. Previously he was a Professor at the University of Notre Dame; he also served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering, and as Director of a newly established University Center of Excellence in Nanoscience and Technology. He has extensive experience in managing large interdisciplinary research program. From 1989 to 1997, Dr. Iafrate served as the Director of the US Army Research Office (ARO): as Director, he was the Army's key executive for the conduct of extramural research in the physical and engineering sciences in response to DoD-wide objective. Prior to becoming Director of ARO, Dr. Iafrate was the Director of Electronic Devices Research at the US Army Electronics Technology and Devices Laboratory (ETDL) at Ft. Monmouth, NJ.


Dr. Iafrate's recent research activity center around nanoscience and technology; specific interests include quantum transport in nanostructures, band engineered devices, and molecules. Also, he is conducting research studies in the area of quantum dissipation with emphasis on ratchet-like transport phenomena and non-equilibrium processes in nanosystems.

| Education

  1. 1963 BS in Physics, Long Island University
  2. 1965 MS in Physics, Fordham University
  3. 1970 PhD in Physics,Polytechnic Inst.of Brooklyn

| Primary Research Interests

  1. Physical Electronics, Photonics & Magnetics (Including Nanotechnology)

| Selected Publications

  1. "The Physics of Submicron and Ultrasubmicron Dimensions", Gallium Arsenide Technology, Edited by D.K. Ferry (SAMS, 1985). Comprehensive article on the physical principles relevant to ultrasmall, multidimensional electron devices.
  2. "Capacitive Nature of Atomic-Sized Structures", G.J. Iafrate, K. Hess, J.B. Krieger, M. Macucci, Phys. Rev. B, 52, 10737 (1995): Elucidates the quantum nature of capacitance in nanosized systems.
  3. Recent Developments in Kohn-Sham Theory for Orbital-Dependent Exchange-Correlation Energy Functional, J.B. Krieger, Y.Li, and G.J. Iafrate, Density Functional Theory, edited by E.K.U. Gross and R.M. Dreizler, Plenum Press, New York (1995).
  4. "Quantum Transport for Bloch Electrons in a Homogeneous Electric Field", G.J. Iafrate and J.B. Kreiger, Phys. Rev. B, 50, 7553 (1994).
  5. Applications of Quantum-Based Devices: Trends and Challenges, G.J. Iafrate and M.A. Stroscio, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, 443, 1621 (1996).

| Awards and Honors

  • 1998 - US Vice Presidential Hammer Award For Technical Management Innovation
  • 1997 - Army Distinguished Civilian Service Award
  • 1995 - US Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award
  • 1994 - Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1993 - IEEE Fellow
  • 1991 - Alumnus of the Year, Polytechnic University of New York
  • 1990 - Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 1988 - Fellow, Polytechnic University of New York
  • 1986 - Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • 1978 - Secretary of the Army Fellow