Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois, 1973 (Thesis advisor: Professor C.T. Sah.
    Thesis title: Theory of Point-Imperfection States in Semiconductors)
  • M.S., Physics, University of Illinois, 1970
  • B.S., Physics, Northern Illinois University, with Highest Scholastic Honors, 1969
  • Primary and Secondary School in Cyprus (1955-1966) – Valedictorian


  • Theoretical Physics
  • Semiconductor Physics
  • First Principles Atomic-Scale
  • Applied Density Functional Theory


  • University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering, Vanderbilt University (2010-Present)
  • William A. and Nancy F. McMinn Professor of Physics, Vanderbilt University (1994-Present)
  • Professor of Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University (2008-present)
  • Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1995-Present)
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (2016-present)


  • 1995-1997 : Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University
  • 1992-1993 : Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, New York City
  • 1991 : Program Director, Technology and Science Modeling
    • An interdivisional program in the use of computer modeling for semiconductor, packaging and storage technology development
  • 1989-1990 : Executive Secretary of the Science Advisory Committee and Technical Assistant to the Vice President for Science and Technology
    • Primary responsibilities in reviews of corporate-wide science and technology programs, including systems and software
  • 1987-1989 : Senior Manager, Semiconductors and Insulators
    • Responsible for experimental and theoretical programs in materials growth and characterization, spectroscopy, microscopy, electronic properties, chemical dynamics, radiation science, technology transfer
  • 1985-1987 : Manager, Dynamical Processes in Solids
  • 1984-1985 : Technical Staff to the Director of Research
  • 1978 : Acting Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Lund, Sweden
  • 1975 : NORDITA Visiting Professor, University of Lund, Sweden
  • 1975-1994 : Research Staff Member, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Physical Sciences Department
  • 1973-1975 : Research Fellow, Stanford University (with W.A. Harrison)


  • American Physical Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Materials Research Society
  • Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Electrochemical Society


  • Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1980.
  • IBM Outstanding Innovation Award, 1981
  • Invited by the Swedish Academy of Sciences to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in Physics, annually since 1982.
  • Chancellor’s Research Award, Vanderbilt University, 2003
  • Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003
  • APS Outstanding Referee Award, 2008
  • Elected Fellow of the Materials Research Society, 2012
  • Elected Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2014
  • Appointed Fellow of the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics in Beijing, China, 2017



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