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G. Slade Cargill III

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G. Slade Cargill III, Fairchild Professor, Ph.D., S.M., Harvard University; B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology.

Improved performance of materials for advanced applications in microelectronics -- this is the goal of research by Dr. Cargill and his students, who often work in collaboration with scientists and engineers at industrial and government laboratories. They use x-ray and electron beams to study structural defects, strain distributions, and electromigration, particularly in electronic materials and devices such as conductor lines in integrated circuits and semiconductor layers in light emitting diodes and lasers. Some of this research employs the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, as well as x-ray diffraction and electron microscope facilities at Lehigh. In addition to electronic materials, Dr. Cargill has made important contributions to understanding the atomic scale structure and magnetic properties of amorphous metallic alloys and to developing scanning electron acoustic microscopy, for which he was made a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1983.

Before joining the Lehigh faculty in 1997, Dr. Cargill was professor of materials science and metallurgy at Columbia University, and before that he held research and management positions at IBM and was on the engineering faculty of Yale University.

His leadership in professional societies has included serving as president of the Materials Research Society in 1992 and as chair of the APS Division of Materials Physics in 1996-97. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Physics Governing Board and the Advanced Photon Source Science Advisory Committee.

At Lehigh, Dr. Cargill has taught graduate courses on thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, on mathematical methods, and on x-ray diffraction, as well as undergraduate courses on electronic properties of materials and electronics. Besides his interests in teaching and research, Dr. Cargill is an avid runner, skier, and sailor.