Leighton Group

Current Group Members

Leighton group 2019


Prof. Mike Manno (Teaching Faculty in Materials Science and Engineering)


Dr. Bhaskar Das

Graduate Students

Ms. Helin Wang 

Mr. Bryan Voigt (coadvised with Prof. Eray Aydil)

Mr. Will Postiglione

Mr. John Dewey

Mr. Vipul Chaturvedi

Mr. Jialiang Chen (coadvised with Prof. Dave Flannigan)

Mr. Yi (Johnny) Zhang

Mr. Justin Ramberger

Mr. Ben Kaiser


Ms. Moumita Das

Undergraduate Research Students

Mr. William Moore

Mr. Joey Gotchnik

Mr. Hudson Shih

Ms. Caroline Korostynski

Ms. Maggie Brown

Mr. Andrew Jacobson

Ms. Emma Bernard

Group Alumni



Prof. Jeffery Walter, Ph.D., 2018 (now faculty at Augsburg College, MN)

Dr. Koustav Ganguly, Ph.D., 2018 (now at Intel)

Dr. Justin Watts, Ph.D., 2018 (now at NVE)

Prof. Eric McCalla  (now faculty at McGill University, Canada)

Mr. Yanjun Yang, M.Sc., 2016 (now at Rice U.)

Dr. Xin Zhang, Ph.D., 2015 (now at Lam Research Corp.)

Dr. Palak Ambwani, Ph.D., 2015 (now at Intel)

Aisha Khaleel

Frazier Mork

Colin Rice

Dr. Shameek Bose, Ph.D., 2014 (now at Intel)

Mr. Dima Spivak, M.Sc., 2014 (now at Cloudera)

Dr. Mike Erickson, Ph.D., 2013 (now at Intel)

Ms. Melissa Haugen

Mr. Tobias Gulden, M.Sc., 2012 (now at UMN, Physics)

Prof. Mike Manno, Ph.D., 2010 (now faculty at UMN, CEMS)

Dr. Manish Sharma, Ph.D., 2010 (now at Dow Chemical)

Mr. Abe Spinelli, M.Sc., 2009 (now at 3M)

Dr. Chunyong He, Ph.D., 2009 (now at Intel)

Prof. Michael Lund, Ph.D., 2006 (now faculty at Bemidji State University)

Dr. Jing Wu, Ph.D., 2006 (now at Western Digital)

Prof. Lan Wang, Ph.D., 2006 (now faculty at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia);


Dr. Joe Batley

Dr. Vina Faramarzi

Prof. Liam O'Brien (now faculty at University of Liverpool, UK)

Dr. Sri Polisetty (now at Trans-Tech Inc.)

Dr. Danny Phelan (now staff member at Argonne National Laboratory)

Dr. Kanwal Bhatti (now at GE)

Prof. Shun Wang (now faculty at Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Prof. Mike Manno (now faculty at UMN)

Prof. Andrew Baruth (now faculty at Creighton University, Nebraska)

Prof. Sami El-Khatib (now faculty at American University of Sharjah)

Dr. Ruifang Wang

Dr. Maria Torija (now at NVE Inc., Eden Prairie, MN)

Dr. Jeff Parker (now at Gillette)