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Santiago Solares is a CNST Visiting Fellow in the Electron Physics Group and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received a B.S. and a Licenciado in Chemical Engineering from the University del Valle in Guatemala, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering with a focus on management of technology and finance from the University of Miami, Florida, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. His doctoral research used multi-scale computational simulations to characterize the behavior of single-walled carbon nanotubes used in atomic force microscopy and used density functional theory to characterize functionalized and non-functionalized silicon surfaces. His career has taken him from industry to academia. After finishing his undergraduate work at the University del Valle he worked for Pepsi-Cola International as a technical services field engineer. He later he held various technical and management positions at Mars Incorporated, where he participated in the construction and start-up of three new manufacturing facilities in the U.S., and in several research and development projects in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. At the University of Maryland, College Park, Santiago’s group uses multi-scale simulation and experimentation to understand quantum and classical dynamics phenomena; to characterize and develop atomic force microscopy systems; and to develop a better fundamental understanding of nanoscale friction. Santiago is working with Joseph Stroscio to develop cryogenic atomic force microscopy for use in the study of graphene and other novel material systems.
CNST Visiting Fellow
Electron Physics Group
B.S. Chemical Engineering – University del Valle, Guatemala
Licenciado Chemical Engineering – University del Valle, Guatemala
M.S. in Industrial Engineering – University of Miami, Florida
M.S. Chemical Engineering – California Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering – California Institute of Technology