Julia R. Greer

Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics

Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University (2005)
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University (2000)
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1997)

  • ACS Nano Letters Young Investigator Award and Lectureship (2013)
  • TMS Early Career Faculty Award (2013)
  • SES Young Investigator Award (2013)
  • World Economic Forum in Davos invitee (2012)
  • NASA (inaugural) Early Career Faculty Award (2012)
  • DOE Early Career Award (2011)
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award (2009)
  • National Academy of Engineering's U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (2009)
  • TR-35 Top Young Innovator Under 35, Technology Review's award honoring the world's top young innovators (2008)
  • NSF CAREER "In-situ Investigation of Plasticity at the Nano-scale" award (2007)
  • Gold Medal recipient of the MRS Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2004)
  • Winner of Redwood Symphony Piano Concerto competition (2004, 2006) as well as the U.S. Open Concerto Competition (2003).

Julia R. Greer received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering (with a minor in Music) from MIT, after which she worked as an intern in Components Research Department of Intel Corp. while pursuing a M.S. In Materials Science at Stanford University, where she built a novel X-ray diffractometer in order to study mechanical properties of materials in computer microprocessors. Subsequently, after working at Intel's Mask Operations Department for 2 years, Julia received a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University studying size effects in plasticity of metals at the nano-scale with Professor William D. Nix. Prior to starting her appointment as a faculty member at Caltech in June of 2007, Julia was a post-doctoral fellow at PARC, Palo Alto Research Center, from August of 2005 until May of 2007. In order to broaden her expertise, she worked on investigating the behavior of organic semiconductor - thin film transistors (OTFTs) as well as nano-ink-derived metals for jet-printing in flexible electronics with Dr. Robert A. Street. Throughout her scientific career, Julia has also been pursuing her "secondary career" as a concert pianist - having studied at the Moscow's Gnessin School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and at Stanford. She has performed numerous solo recitals (most recently at Caltech's "Off the Clock" event in 2011), chamber music concerts (most recently in Lagerstrom Series at Caltech with violinist C. Kovalchik), as well as as a soloist with an orchestra (most recent performance of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Redwood Symphony).

Julia Greer is set to appear as a guest on a new Discovery Channel show in the spring of 2012, hosted by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters!

Julia Greer on set with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman.

Group Members

Greer Group

Post-Doctoral Scholars

Dongchan Jang (Ph.D. University of Michigan) jangd@caltech.edu

Seok-Woo Lee (Ph.D. Stanford University) swlee49@caltech.edu

Pratyush Tiwary (Ph.D. Caltech) pt@caltech.edu

Graduate Students

Zach Aitken (5th year grad student) zaitken@caltech.edu

Arturo Mateos (2nd year grad Student) ajmateos@caltech.edu

Chen Xu (4th year grad Student) chenxu@caltech.edu

Lucas Meza 4th year grad student) lmeza@caltech.edu

David Chen (4th year grad student) dzchen@caltech.edu

Adenike Giwa (2nd year grad Student) agiwa@caltech.edu

Victoria Chernow (3rd year grad Student) vchernow@caltech.edu

Lauren Montemayor (5th year grad Student) lmont@caltech.edu

Shi Luo (3rd year grad Student) slluo@caltech.edu

Rachel Liontas (3rd year grad Student) rliontas@caltech.edu

Alessandro Maggi (2nd year grad Student) maggi@caltech.edu

Ottman Tertuliano (2nd year grad Student) ottman@caltech.edu

Dylan Tozier (2nd year grad Student) dtozier@caltech.edu

Xiaoxing Xia (2nd year grad Student) xxia@caltech.edu

Xiaoyue Ni (3rd year grad Student) xnni@caltech.edu

Undergraduate Students

Ee Jane Lim

Jarvis Li

Eli Alster

Elizabeth Decolvenaere


Carol Garland (TEM Facility Mgr., MPS) cmg@caltech.edu

Group Alumni

jan Rys (Visiting Student)

Peri Landau (Postdoc)

Sid Pathak (Postdoc)

Mingyuan Huang (Postdoc)

Guo Qiang (Postdoc)

C. Robert E. Maaß (Postdoc)

Andrew Jennings (Grad student)

Xun (Wendy) Gu (Grad student)

Nisha Mohan (Grad student)

Ju-Young Kim (Postdoc)

Shelby Hutchens (Postdoc)

Dennis Lange (Undergrad)

Greer Group circa 2013
Group News
Mar. 2015: Congratulations to Xiaoyue for winning the 2015 LSC Poster Prize at the LSC-Virgo meeting.
Feb. 2015: Our nano-architecture research is featured by MIT Technology Review as one of the 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2015.
Jan. 2015: "Je suis Lucas!"
Dec. 2014: Congratulations to Xiaoxing for getting engaged!
Dec. 2014: Greer Group takes 2014 Fall MRS Meeting in Boston by storm! Xiaoxing gives his first conference talk in Symposium Z. Ottman presents a poster in Symposium E. Julia receives the Kavli Early Career award, and Lucas wins the Cahn Prize for the Best Paper in Journal of Materials Science. But best of all it was a reunion of Greer troops past and present!
Nov. 2014: Listen to Julia talk on the Naked Scientist!
Oct. 2014: Xiaoyue, Zach and David present talks at MMM 2014 in Berkeley.
Oct. 2014: Congratulations to Arturo on passing his qualification exam!
Sep. 2014: Julia speaks at TEDxCERN in Geneva, Switzerland!
Sep. 2014: Lucas's new Science paper is featured on Caltech's front page!
Aug. 2014: Congratulations to (now-Dr.) Wendy Gu on defending her dissertation!
Aug. 2014: Congratulations to the wonderful SURF students on their final presentations!
Jul. 2014: Nigel and Viki present talks at the Nanostructure Fabrication GRC.
May 2014 : Julia is listed among the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2014 by Fast Company!
Apr. 2014: Julia receives the Keck Futures Initiative Award from the National Academies! Read here.
Apr. 2014: Viki, Rachel, Wendy, Chen, and Seok-Woo present talks at the MRS conference in San Francisco.
Mar. 2014: Nisha passes her Ph.D. defense! Congratulations!
Mar. 2014: Congratulations to Ottman for winning the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Viki and Arturo for receiving honorable mentions!
Feb. 2014: Greer Group invades TMS 2014. David, Lauren, Lucas, Nico, Chen, Rachel, Seok-Woo, Viki, Wendy, Zach and Julia gives talks and present posters on their work at the TMS.
Feb. 2014: Julia presents her solution at Google Solve for X!