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)

  • Tech Review’s Top-10 Emerging Technologies (2015)
  • Gilbreth Lecturer for the National Academy of Engineering (2015)
  • Midwest Mechanics Tour Lecturer (2015)
  • Kavli Early Career Award (MRS) (2014)
  • Robert W. Cahn’s “Best Paper Prize” by Journal of Materials Science (shared with L. Meza) (2014)
  • One of “100 Most Creative People” by Fast Company Magazine (2014)
  • Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2014)
  • Speaker in Google’s Solve for (2014)
  • ACS Nano Letters Young Investigator Award and Lectureship (2013)
  • Speaker at National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (2013)
  • Discussion Leader and invitee at World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos (2013)
  • The Materials, Metals, and Minerals Society (TMS) Early Career Faculty Award (2013)
  • Society of Engineering Science (SES) Young Investigator Award (2013)
  • World Economic Forum in Davos invitee (2012)
  • Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2012)
  • NASA (inaugural) Early Career Faculty Award (2012)
  • DOE Early Career Award (2011)
  • Sia Nemat-Nasser ASME Early Career Award (2011)
  • WTN’s World Technology Award in Materials (2010)
  • 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)
  • “Emerging Leaders” lecturer at UC Santa Barbara (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

Graduate Students

Zach Aitken (5th year grad student)

Lauren Montemayor (5th year grad Student)

Chen Xu (4th year grad Student)

Lucas Meza 4th year grad student)

David Chen (4th year grad student)

Victoria Chernow (3rd year grad Student)

Rachel Liontas (3rd year grad Student)

Shi Luo (3rd year grad Student)

Xiaoyue Ni (3rd year grad Student)

Adenike Giwa (2nd year grad Student)

Alessandro Maggi (2nd year grad Student)

Ottman Tertuliano (2nd year grad Student)

Dylan Tozier (2nd year grad Student)

Xiaoxing Xia (2nd year grad Student)

Arturo Mateos (2nd year grad Student)

Ryan Ng (1st year grad student)

Mike Citrin (1st year grad student)

Max Lifson (1st year grad student)

Daryl Yee (left) (1st year grad student)

Carlos Portela (1st year grad student)

Undergraduate Students


Carol Garland (TEM Facility Mgr., MPS)

Group Alumni

jan Rys (Visiting Student)

Peri Landau (Postdoc)

Sid Pathak (Postdoc)

Mingyuan Huang (Postdoc)

Guo Qiang (Postdoc)

C. Robert E. Maaß (Postdoc)

Dongchan Jang (Postdoc)

Seok-Woo Lee (Postdoc)

Pratyush Tiwary (Postdoc)

Ju-Young Kim (Postdoc)

Shelby Hutchens (Postdoc)

Andrew Jennings (Grad student)

Xun (Wendy) Gu (Grad student)

Nisha Mohan (Grad student)

Dennis Lange (Undergrad)

Ee Jane Lim (Undergrad)

Jarvis Li (Undergrad)

Eli Alster (Undergrad)

Elizabeth Decolvenaere (Undergrad)

Stephanie Reynolds (Undergrad)

Greer Group circa 2013
Group News
Jun. 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Lauren Montemayor for a successful defense! Good that her next stop JPL is not too far away!
Jun. 2015: After disappearing for a month or two, Allesandro came back with a victory in his qualifying exam.
Jun. 2015: Congratulations to Ottman for becoming a Ph.D. candidate!
Jun. 2015: Congratulations to Dylan for passing his candidacy exam as the first one of his cohort in the Greer lab!
May 2015 : Congratulations to Dr. Zachary Aitken for a spectacular defense! We are going to miss you so much!
Apr. 2015: Congratulations to Ryan for passing the Qualifying Exams!
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!