Welcome to the PetersonLab

PI: Associate Professor Becky (R. L.) Peterson

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,

Department of Materials Science and Engineering,

and Applied Physics Program

Director, Lurie Nanofabrication Facility

1301 Beal Avenue, Office: Room 2302

The University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2122 USA

Phone: (734) 615-3105

email: blpeters AT umich DOT edu 


PetersonLab group in Ann Arbor, September 2020

Research Interests

Education and Training

About Prof. Peterson

Prof. Peterson is an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department - Electrical and Computer Engineering Division at the University of Michigan. She has courtesy appointments with the Materials Science and Engineering Department and the Applied Physics Program. She is also the Director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility at the University of Michigan, and serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Applied Physics Letters.

Following 4 years as research faculty at University of Michigan, Dr. Peterson joined the tenure track faculty as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2013. She earned tenure and promotion in 2019. Prior to coming to Michigan, Dr. Peterson was a post-doctoral researcher at the Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, working in the group of Prof. Henning Sirringhaus at the University of Cambridge, UK, on thin film transistors based on solution-processed amorphous oxide semiconductors. She earned her PhD at Princeton University under the direction of Prof. James C. (Jim) Sturm, working on SiGe/Si CVD heteroepitaxy and wafer-bonding with compliant substrates to generate uniaxial and biaxial channel strain in fully-depleted SOI MOSFETs, and received her MS in Electrical Engineering at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities under the direction of Prof. Rhonda Franklin, working on porous silicon for RF MEMS applications.

Peterson was awarded U-M's Henry Russel award for junior faculty (2018), an NSF CAREER award (2017),  a DARPA Young Faculty Award (2014) and an Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Fund Award (2013). She has been a co-author on multiple best poster awards and best conference paper awards. As a graduate student, she was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, an Automatic RF Techniques Group Microwave Measurement Student Fellowship, an American Association of University Women Engineering Fellowship, and a Princeton Presidential Fellowship. She is also a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa, and a Senior Member of IEEE. In Fall 2019, Prof. Peterson was on sabbatical leave as a Visiting Scientist at the Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik in Berlin.

Previously, she taught students at Princeton University, where she received an Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni Teaching Award, and at the University of Cambridge at Newnham College, where she was an Associate Lecturer in Engineering (Electrical Engineering Parts IA and IB). At the University of Michigan, she has developed two new graduate courses (EECS 598 Special Topics) on Power Semiconductor Devices and Beyond CMOS: Emerging Nanotechnologies and has taught two 300-level courses: Introduction to Semiconductor Devices (EECS 320) and Analog Circuits (EECS 311).

Peterson serves on the Board of Directors for the Device Research Conference (DRC). She previously was General Chair of the 2022 DRC,  Technical Program Chair in 2021, Technical Program Vice Chair in 2020, and was a Member of the Technical Program Committee 2016-2018. She was Treasurer of the Electronic Materials Conference 2019-2021, and has been on the Organizing Committee since 2017. She represents U-M at the Midwest Semiconductor Network, and serves on the IEEE Frederik Philips Award Committee (2022-2024). She was the Chair of the Optoelectronics, Displays and Imaging Committee for the 2020 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), following service as a Committee Member in 2018 and 2019. She She was also Chair of the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Trident Chapter IV (Joint Chapter of EDS/APP/MTT/Photonics) (2018-2022). She was a Guest Editor for APL Materials Special Topic Issue on Wide Bandgap Oxides and currently serves as an Associate Editor at Applied Physics Letters.

At U-M, she serves as the Director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (Sept. 2020 - present), as chair of the LNF Council, as a member of the Michigan Materials Research Institute Executive Committee, and as a member of the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship Committee for Physical Science and Engineering, among other roles. She previously served on the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility Council (2015-2019), the ECE Undergraduate Academics Committee (2018-2019), the ECE Faculty Search Committee (2014-2017), the ECE Undergraduate Curriculum Innovation Committee (2017-2018), the ECE Graduate Admissions Committee (2013-2014) and the ECE Undergraduate Recruiting and Activities Committee (2010-2016), and chaired the ECE 320 Committee (Fall 2018).

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Positions Available at PetersonLab

The PetersonLab is part of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. PetersonLab's work focuses on new electronic materials and devices, specializing in oxide semiconductors, ranging from synthesis and growth to device fabrication and test. Prospective PhD students should apply to the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) PhD program or Materials Science and Engineering PhD program via http://www.rackham.umich.edu/admissions/applying and contact Prof. Peterson via email (blpeters AT umich DOT edu). Prof. Peterson does not currently have any openings for post-doctoral fellows. 

There are also opportunities for African scholars to visit University of Michigan for several months, through the University of Michigan's African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program. More information is available here: https://ii.umich.edu/asc/umaps.html. Interested faculty from Africa should please contact Prof. Peterson directly to discuss potential collaborations through this program.