Dr. Ellen Siem in Cappadocia Region, Turkey
  Spectacular cave structures in background are the result of sharp temperature changes in addition to
wind, river, and rain erosion of volcanic material (Kapadokya region of Turkey, July 2008)
  Senior Instructor


Contact info:
       Science RM 179
        (541) 552-6489
 Mailing Address:
       Department of Physics
       1250 Siskiyou Blvd
       Ashland, OR   97520

    •     Education
    •     Teaching Experience
    •     Research Experience
    •     Publications
    •     Invited Talks
    •     Professional Societies
    •     Recent Awards
    •     Hobbies




Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005), Materials Science & Engineering

   Thesis:  Thermodynamic stability and implications of anisotropic boundary particles

   Thesis Advisors:  W. C. Carter and S. M. Allen 

   Minor:  French

B.S., Northwestern University (2000), Materials Science & Engineering

   Senior Thesis Advisor:  B.W. Wessels

   Undergraduate Research Advisor:  D.N. Seidman 

Teaching Experience

Senior Instructor, Department of Physics, Southern Oregon University:

    PH100, 104 - Conceptual Physics and Lab

    PH175 - The Science and Technology of Nanoparticles

    PH201, 202, 203:  General Physics (algebra-based)

    PH221, 222, 223:  General Physics (calculus-based)

    PH224, 225, 226:  General Physics Laboratory 

    PH308 - Energy and the Environment

    PH309 - Energy Alternatives

    PH331, PH332 - Methods of Research in Physics 

    PH333 - Optics

    PH339 - Lasers

    PH354 - Thermal Physics

    PH380 - Computer Methods

    PH407 - Nanobiotechnology Seminar 

    PH416 - Quantum Physics I 

    PH431 - Electricity & Magnetism

    PH461 - Solid State Physics

    PH475 - Nanoparticles and Nanoparticle Technology

    PH499 - Capstone 


Teaching Assistant (undergraduate thermodynamics)
    3.012 Fundamentals of Materials Science & Engineering
    MIT (fall 2003 & 2004)

Teaching Assistant (undergraduate kinetics)
    3.022 Microstructural Evolution in Materials
    MIT (spring 2003)

Undergraduate Research Advisor (undergraduate kinetics)
    "Influence of grain topology on the stability of equiaxed monolayer films"
    MIT (spring 2002)

Undergraduate Research Advisor (undergraduate kinetics)
    "Physical and mathematical properties of soapfilms"
    MIT (February 2003)

Research Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher
    Centre de Recherche en Matière Condensée et Nanosciences
    Marseille, France (2005-2006)
    (with Dominique Chatain)

Research Assistant
    Cambridge, MA (2000-2005)
    (with W.C. Carter and S.M. Allen)

Visiting Researcher
    National Center for Electron Microscopy
    Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Berkeley, CA (summer, 2003)
    (with U. Dahmen and E.J. Johnson)

Visiting Researcher
    Centre de Recherche en Matière Condensée et Nanosciences
    Marseille, France (summer, 2002)
    (with Dominique Chatain)

Undergraduate Thesis Research
    Northwestern University
    Evanston, IL (1999-2000)
    (with B.W. Wessels)

Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Northwestern University
    Evanston, IL (1998-1999)
    (with D.N. Seidman and D. Isheim)




Peer-Reviewed Journals:

The melting behavior of faceted particles embedded in the solid state: A family of Wulff shapes,
      E.J. Siem and E. Johnson, J. Mater. Sci., 41(9) (2006) 2703-2710.

Orientation-dependent surface tension functions for surface energy minimizing calculations,
      E.J. Siem and W.C. Carter, Proceedings of the Eleventh Conference on Intergranular and
      Interphase Boundaries, J. Mater. Sci., 40(12) (2005) 3107-3113.
      (*presented poster, 11th IIB, Queen's University, Belfast, 2004)

Melting of embedded anisotropic particles: PbIn in Al, E.J. Siem and E. Johnson,  Philos. Mag.,
      85(12) (2005) 1273-1290.
      (*presented poster, Danish Physical Society Annual Meeting, Nyborg, Denmark, 2004)

The equilibrium shape of anisotropic interfacial particles, E.J. Siem, W.C. Carter, and D. Chatain,
       Philos. Mag., 84(10) (2004) 991-1010.
      (*presented poster, Intl. Mater. Conf.: Ceramic and Metal Interfaces, Oviedo, Spain, 2002)

The stability of several triply periodic surfaces, E.J. Siem and W.C. Carter,  Interface Sci.,
      10(4) (2002) 287-296.

Wetting in multiphase systems with complex geometries, D. Chatain, P. Wynblatt, S. Hagège,
      E.J. Siem, and W.C. Carter,  Interface Sci., 9(3-4) (2001) 191-197.

Nanometer scale solute segregation at heterophase interfaces and microstructural evolution
      molybdenum nitride precipitates, D. Isheim, E.J. Siem, and D.N. Seidman,
       Ultramicroscopy, 89(1) (2001) 195-202.

Cover Photo of Interface Sci.:   The crystallographic alignment of molybdenum nitride precipitates
      in an Fe-Mo-Sn alloy, as seen in an atom-probe field-ion-microscope,  Interface Sci., 9(1/2) (2001).



 Figure 15.10, Simulation of isotropic and uniform grain growth in two-dimensions, and Figure 16.8, Simulation of isotropic coarsening in three-dimensions.  R.W. Balluffi, S.M. Allen, and W.C. Carter, Kinetics of Materials, (Wiley-Interscience, Hoboken, NJ, 2005).


Invited Talks


Materials Science:  Applications of Solid-State Physics to the Matter Around Us,
    E.J. Siem,  Lewis & Clark University Physics Colloquium, 2007, (Portland)


Teaching Nanotechnology at the Undergraduate Level,
    E.J. Siem,  Oregon Association of Physics Teachers Meeting, 2007, (Lane Community College - Eugene, OR)


Modifications to the Stability of Boundary Particles due to Boundary Anisotropy,
    E.J. Siem, W.C. Carter, and S.M. Allen, Materials Science & Technology 2005 (Pittsburgh)


 Professional Societies


American Association of Physics Teachers

American Physical Society 

International Association of Mathematical Physics 

Materials Research Society

Sigma Xi (president of the Southern Oregon Chapter)



Selected Awards

National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship
      Ceramics Division, NIST (2006)
       (*I decided not to pursue this fellowship.)

Chateaubriand Postdoctoral Fellowship
      Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France (2005)

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
      Department of Defense (2000-2003)

Elsevier Award ($1000 Scholarship)
      MIT (2000)

Scholarship to attend the LeaderShape Conference
      American Society of Metals (1999)



 travel (have visited 48 continental states, 25 countries)

 reading (I love the "dead 'modern' authors", my favorite being W.S. Maugham)

 hiking ("highest" achievement: Uhuru Peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya) 

 biking (have biked from Nairobi, Kenya to Tanzania and extensively through the Kapadokya region of Turkey) 

 running (past hobby; completed midnight marathon in Grenoble, France, 10/31/05, 4:54)