International honors

High-achieving scientists

High-achieving scientists:  Physics Ph.D. student Lei Wang prepares the atomic force microscope in R.A. Lukaszew’s lab while postdoctoral researcher César Clavero readies the computer controller. Both William & Mary researchers won awards for their work at the recent symposium

Two researchers recognized at symposium

Two William & Mary scientists working in the laboratory of R. A. Lukaszew recently were recognized at the 57th International Symposium of the American Vacuum Society.

Postdoctoral researcher Cesar Clavero won the Magnetic Interfaces and Nanostructures Division (MIND) Postdoctoral Award, while Lei Wang was a finalist for the MIND Leo Falicov Graduate Student Award. Each honor includes a cash award.

“Both of them have shown true dedication to their projects and it is a pleasure to have them in my group,” said Lukaszew, the Distinguished VMEC Associate Professor of Applied Science and Physics. “Their triumphs also contribute to showcasing the leading edge research that is carried out at the College of William and Mary.”

Clavero’s research involves structure-property correlations in thin films, nanostructures and interfaces. He won his award for his presentation “Probing Induced Magnetism in Vanadium Nano-islands on Cr by Spin-polarized STM.” He is a co-author on the paper, which was based on experiments carried out with Lukaszew and other researchers at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory.

Wang is a Ph.D. student in physics and was recognized for her contribution to "Correlated Structural and Magnetic Studies of Capping and Seed Layer Dependent Epitaxial FePd Thin Films," work on which Clavero and Lukaszew were co-authors, along with graduate student J.R. Skuza. “It is worth noting that this was Lei’s second international conference participation after only two years of graduate work,” Lukaszew said.i